Ahanmisi torches UP as Adamson gets off to a hot start

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2016 04:26 PM
Ahanmisi torches UP as Adamson gets off to a hot start
RED-HOT ROOKIES. Adamson's much-hyped rookies came to play in a convincing victory versus UP.

Along with multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren, Jerrick Ahanmisi was the much talked about newcomer who was supposed to front Adamson University’s return to respectability.

The Filipino-Nigerian didn’t waste much time in living up to the hype and rained down 28 points built on six triples in his big-league debut on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum to shoot the Soaring Falcons over the University of the Philippines, 104-83.

Ahanmisi already had 13 points to lead upstart Adamson to an eight-point advantage at the half, but turned up the heat even more come the third. There, he poured in 13 points to front the 20-9 tear that turned their halftime advantage into a 66-47 lead.

Still, the Maroons kept coming and closed to within 77-83 inside the last five minutes before Sean Manganti’s monstrous two-handed jam highlighted a 21-8 counter that put away, once and for all, the Falcons’ season-opening win.

Ahanmisi’s total was the highest by a debuting player since Jeron Teng’s 35 points in his first game for De La Salle University in 2012. “Now, everyone knows who Jerrick Ahanmisi is,” a proud coach Franz Pumaren said in his post-game conference.

Manganti, another of Pumaren’s prized prospects, ended up with eight points and three rebounds while fellow rookie Rob Manalang also shone with 16 points and nine assists. “I am confident with these guys. They are smart enough,” Pumaren said, referring to his first-year players.

For UP, it was Paul Desiderio who topped the scoring column with 24 points. However, a defense that allowed their opponents to make 66 percent of their shots downed them into a 0-1 standing.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 104 – Ahanmisi 28, Manalang 16, Ochea 13, Sarr 13, Mustre 9, Manganti 8, Tungcab 6, Pasturan 6, Ng 4, Paranada 1, Camacho 0

UP 83 – Desiderio 24, Manuel 15, Moralde 12, Asilum 11, Vito 7, Webb 5, Harris 5, Gomez de Liano 2, Romero 2, Lao 2, Dario 0, Lim 0, Prado 0, Jaboneta 0, Longa 0

QUARTER SCORES: 28-18, 46-38, 73-57, 104-85

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