EAC hands Adamson first loss after OT stunner

Alvin Laqui on May 22, 2017 05:42 PM
EAC hands Adamson first loss after OT stunner
Sidney Onwubere came up big in EAC's stunning win over the erstwhile undefeated Adamson squad.

The Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals handed the Adamson University Falcons their first loss of the 2017 FilOil Premier Cup after pulling through an overtime thriller, 76-73, Monday at the Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Veteran forward Sidney Onwubere led the way for EAC with 23 points and ten rebounds, while big man Hamadou Laminou also stepped up in the Generals’ resounding first win with 21 markers and 11 boards.

Onwubere drained a line drive triple to give the Generals a 64-61 lead with 3.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Adamson’s Robbie Manalang swished a triple of his own to send the game to overtime.

Come the extra period, it was all EAC, as Francis Munsayac capped off a 13-point, nine-rebound, four-assist performance with a back-door layup to seal the game, helping the Generals improve to a 1-2 record.

“Sa’kin naman, iwasan lang naming mag 0-3, gawin namin lahat ng magagawa namin para makarecover sa 0-2,” EAC coach Ariel Sison said, “Last game was very bad so I said we have to recover, we have to come back.”

“Ang EAC dapat mag-ingay ngayon, kailangan umingay para malaman nila na kaya nating talunin ang isang mataas na team,” Coach Sison added.

The Generals started strong, taking the lead over the league-leading Falcons after the first frame, 22-19. 

But Adamson rallied to take hold of the lead until their fourth quarter meltdown that resulted to an 11-0 run capped off by an Onwubere layup that reclaimed the lead for the Generals with 50 seconds to go in regulation.

Manalang led the Falcons in scoring with 15 points, while Sean Manganti saw his 11-point, 10-rebound double-double performance go to waste as Adamson suffered its first loss in six games.

BOX SCORES

EAC (76) - Onwubere 23, Laminou 21, Munsayac 13, Garcia 7, Bautista 7, Mendoza 3, Pascua 2, Mendoza 0, Corilla 0, Gonzales 0, Diego 0, Guzman 0, Tampoc 0, Bugarin 0.

ADAMSON (73) - Manalang 15, Manganti 11, Ahanmisi 11, Sarr 11, Ochea 11, Hil 5, Paranada 3, Camacho 2, Bernardo 2, Zaldivar 2, Pingoy 0.

22-19, 31-32, 43-49, 64-64, (OT) 76-73.

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