Nalos comes through as Falcons score upset against Warriors

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 07, 2015 04:41 PM
Nalos comes through as Falcons score upset against Warriors
FORGET ABOUT IT. Joseph Nalos lost the ball at the most crucial of moments, but made up for it in the biggest way possible by sinking two free throws to put the game away for Adamson.

With Adamson University clinging to a one-point lead with 35 seconds remaining, Joseph Nalos saw his dribble bounce off his foot and then out of bounds.

However, University of the East was unable to take advantage and gave the ball right back to the Soaring Falcons.

Sent to the line to stop the clock, Nalos made up for his blunder and made both free throws to put the exclamation mark in Adamson’s 74-71 stunner over the Red  Warriors on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The only team that has been officially eliminated in the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Falcons have now claimed two upset wins in their last four games to rise to a 3-10 record. A proud coach Mike Fermin said in his post-game conference, “I told them that to gain the respect (of the other teams), we need to win this game.”

Adamson was determined to make their mentor proud and ignited a 16-0 blast to start the second half that turned a four-point lead to a 64-44 advantage. However, the Warriors battled their way back and threatened at 71-72 courtesy of Emil Palma’s layup with 35 ticks on the clock.

It was at that point that the teams traded turnovers before Nalos proved steady from the line. Nalos finished with 11 points to complement Pape Sarr’s 22 and Jaydee Tungcab’s 14 markers, respectively.

Clark Derige turned in a second straight strong performance with 17 points, but UE’s setback dropped them to a precarious position at 4-8.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 74 - Sarr 22, Tungcab 14, Nalos 11, J. Garcia 7, Escalambre 5, Ochea 5, Polican 5, Capote 3, Margallo 2, Bernardo 0, Fernandez 0, Villanueva 0.

UE 71 - Derige 17, Palma 11, Charcos 9, Javier 9, J. Varilla 8, Abanto 4, De Leon 4, Yu 4, Batiller 3, Sta. Ana 2, Gagate 0, Manalang 0, Penuela 0, P. Varilla 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 24-19, 48-44, 65-54, 74-71.

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