Akari-Adamson soars to third win in a row

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 15, 2018 05:36 PM
Akari-Adamson soars to third win in a row
Jerie Pingoy and Akari-Adamson are streaking in the PBA D-League

Akari-Adamson University did just enough to stave off Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare, 92-85, for its third consecutive victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday at Pasig's Ynares Arena.

Jerrick Ahanmisi paced the Falcons with 18 points on a 2-of-5 clip from downtown, on top of six assists and three rebounds, while Cameroonian big man Papi Sarr hauled down 16 markers and eight boards.

Sean Manganti also added 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Jerie Pingoy had 11 markers, four boards, and four dimes in the conquest.

“I don’t think na ang kalaban namin is St. Clare. Ang kalaban namin si (Trevis) Jackson,” remarked coach Franz Pumaren as Akari-Adamson had to weather a late flurry from Gamboa-St. Clare courtesy of the Filipino-American guard who unloaded 12 of his 29 points in the fourth period.

The Falcons couldn’t stop Jackson on the defensive end as he kept the Coffee Lovers in the game and helped his side fight back from a 10-point deficit with 2:41 remaining.

Gamboa-St. Clare cut the deficit dow to just four, 85-89, before Manganti and Sarr made huge baskets to put the game away for good.

“Right now, I’m still struggling to find the right combinations. I think we’re the only team who are using all of our players from the bench, but again, we’re here to develop our players,” said Pumaren.

Akari-Adamson improved to 4-1, while Gamboa-St. Clare fell to 2-2 in the standings.

Aris Dionisio chimed in 17 markers and 12 rebounds for the Coffee Lovers, but their efforts were spoiled by their 29 turnovers in the game.

BOX SCORES

AKARI-ADAMSON 92 — Ahanmisi 18, Sarr 16, Manganti 13, Pingoy 11, Espeleta 10, Camacho 8, Mojica 5, Lastimosa 4, Bernardo 2, Hill 2, Macion 2, Catapusan 1, Buenaventura 0.

GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 85 — Jackson 29, Dionisio 17, Hallare 12, Bitoon 10, Rebugio 8, Acuno 4, Pare 3, Rubio 2, Ambuludto 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 23-16, 42-43, 70-62, 92-85.

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