Returning Nalos drops Adamson’s upset ax on DLSU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 24, 2015 05:00 PM
The last time they were on the court, young Adamson University gave defending champion National University their biggest scare of the season only to come up short in overtime.
They did that without their leading scorer.
They finally had what they needed on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum as the Soaring Falcons rallied around the return of Joseph Nalos to pull off a shocker of a win in regulation against the De La Salle University Green Archers, 75-74.
Coming off a one-game suspension, Nalos scored half of his 20 points in a four-minute span that erased DLSU’s 14-point deficit and knotted the matchup at 68. Talking about his unquestioned difference-maker, coach Mike Fermin said in his post-game conference, “He’s a fighter. Alam ko yung puso ng batang ito.”
The two squads were still level at 73 inside the last two minutes until the game turned into a defensive struggle and finally, a duel at the free throw line. First-year center Pape Sarr hit two free throws which proved to be the difference for the Falcons as Prince Rivero split his own charities and Andrei Caracut’s last-gasp attempt only managed to graze the rim.
Rookie-laden Adamson gave their opponents fits from the start and were only behind 34-37 at halftime before Jeron Teng took control and powered the Archers to a strong 22-point third quarter. Things looked even better for the Taft-based team as they raced to a 64-50 lead early in the final frame until Nalos took over and Sarr finished the job in the endgame.
The Falcons’ Cameroonian tower ended with a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double all while anchoring a defense that only allowed their opponents to convert 34 percent of their shots. A proud Fermin said, “Give credit to the boys. Ibang klase sila.”
Rivero and Teng scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, to lead the effort for DLSU who slipped to 5-5.
ADAMSON 75 – Sarr 23, Nalos 20, Garcia J 13, Capote 6, Fernandez 5, Polican 2, Bernardo 2, Garcia C 2, Villanueva 2, Ochea 0, Tungcab 0, Camacho 0, Escalambre 0, Miranda 0
DLSU 74 – Rivero 23, Teng 22, Langston 8, Torres 7, Torralba 4, Caracut 3, Perkins 3, Muyang 3, Tratter 1, Go 0, Sargent 0
QUARTER SCORES: 16-19, 34-37, 48-59, 75-74
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.