Red-hot Falcons keep Tigers reeling with fourth loss in a row

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 05, 2016 04:27 PM
Falcons keep Tigers reeling with fourth loss in a row
FLY HIGH. Adamson scored a much-needed bounce back win at the expense of struggling UST.

As the shot clock was winding down in the third quarter of their game on Wednesday at the MOA Arena, the ball had nowhere to go for Adamson University.

And so, Sean Manganti just heaved it towards the general direction of the ring.

Still, the shot went in and found the bottom of the net, highlighting the Soaring Falcons’ sweet shooting as they made quick work of University of Sto. Tomas, 79-52, for a much-needed bounce back win in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Not only did Manganti’s unexpected connection represent one of Adamson’s nine total triples, it also punctuated the 26-6 blast that blew the game wide open. From a score of 33-29 at halftime, they were, all of a sudden, ahead by 24, 59-35, late in the third.

The Falcons didn’t let up from that point and their double-digit lead even ballooned to as big as 27. It eventually ended up as their fourth win in seven games.

The easy win snapped a two-game skid, including an upset at the hands of erstwhile winless UE, for coach Franz Pumaren’s upstarts. “I think this is a good springboard for us coming into the second round,” he said.

Papi Sarr showed Adamson the way on both ends with a game-high 16 points and 25 rebounds. Seldom-used Nico Paranada also impressed with 14 points and four steals off the bench.

The famed Pumaren press was in full effect as they forced 21 errors which they quickly converted to 21 points. Their defense, in all, was outstanding as they shackled their opponents into 27 percent shooting.

Kent Lao paced the Growling Tigers with 13 points, but he didn’t find much help as they suffered a fourth straight setback. Captain Louie Vigil only had eight points in 3/16 shooting to see his team spiral downward to 2-5.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 79 – Sarr 16, Paranada 14, Ahanmisi 11, Manalang 10, Espeleta 9, Manganti 7, Ochea 6, Pasturan 4, Bernardo 2, Camacho 0, Mustre 0, Chua 0, Ng 0, Bernardo 0

UST 52 – Lao 13, Lee 10, Vigil 8, Sheriff 6, Basibas 4, Faundo 3, Afoakwah 2, Subido 2, Huang 2, Caunan 2, De Guzman 0, Macasaet 0, Tateishi 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-19, 33-29, 59-37, 79-52

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