UE finally comes alive after stunning Adamson

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 02, 2016 02:48 PM
UE finally comes alive after stunning Adamson
WORTH THE WAIT. UE rallied by Adamson all the way to win number one.

They needed six games and then three more quarters, but University of the East, at long last, got everything together and then got win number one in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Digging deep and battling back from 13 points down, the Red Warriors registered a hard-fought 64-57 win against Adamson University on Sunday at the MOA Arena.

“I thought I wouldn’t be seeing you guys in the first round,” coach Derrick Pumaren expressed as he entered his first post-win interview after seven games in the season.

Right there with him were Alvin Pasaol and RR De Leon who spearheaded the final frame rally that vanquished a five-point deficit and mounted a 57-48 advantage in their favor inside the last five minutes. “Right there, I told my boys there was nothing to celebrate yet,” Pumaren said.

Indeed, that was far from the end of it as Jerrick Ahanmisi’s three neared the Soaring Falcons to within four points with 2:37 remaining. However, Pasaol just came right back with a basket and a bonus to re-establish a 60-53 UE lead.

Adamson tried to give themselves more time to make something happen, but Philip Manalang converted four of his six charities to keep them at bay for good. “We had to close out the game and we finally did so,” Pumaren expressed.

Pasaol wound up with 13 points, seven coming in the final frame, while De Leon chipped in 12 markers of his own. “Sobrang saya namin kasi first win namin ito. Pinaghirapan namin ito,” a beaming Pasaol said.

The Warriors only had seven points after one quarter and were behind by as much as 23-36 in the middle of the third before finally getting into their groove and outscoring their opponents, 41-21, the rest of the way.

With the long-awaited and much-wanted decision, UE finally got themselves into the win column just in time to wrap up the first round at 1-6. Talking about what’s next for them, Pumaren said, “We have not played to our full potential. The battle cry is to play the game for 40 minutes.”

Papi Sarr had 13 points to pace the Falcons, but an offense that went missing in the first six minutes of the final frame ended up dropping them to 3-3.

BOX SCORES

UE 64 – Pasaol 13, De Leon 12, Batiller 9, Manalang 7, Varilla 5, Bartolome 5, Olayon 5, Palma 2, Charcos 2, Penuela 2, Derige 2, Abanto 0

ADAMSON 57 – Sarr 13, Ahanmisi 10, Manganti 8, Espeleta 6, Manalang 5, Ochea 5, Tungcab 5, Bernardo 3, Camacho 2, Mustre 0, Pasturan 0, Ng 0

QUARTER SCORES: 7-14, 21-30, 40-45, 64-57

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