Falcons soar back into Final Four after five-year wait

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 09, 2016 06:42 PM
Falcons soar back into Final Four after five-year wait
WELCOME BACK. The San Marcelino faithful will be cheering in the Final Four for the first time since 2011.

Adamson University did it on their first try.

Still with two assignments to go in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Soaring Falcons have already made their way back into the Final Four.

Jerrick Ahanmisi and Rob Manalang got together and Adamson was in complete control in a 76-61 victory versus University of Sto. Tomas on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

Only needing to win one out of their remaining three games, the Falcons wasted no time in securing the fourth and final playoff berth. “I think right now, we’re living the dream,” a satisfied coach Franz Pumaren said.

Now with a 7-5 standing, San Marcelino will be cheering in the Final Four for the first time since 2011. “Actually, this is the hardest game for us, claiming this victory for us to advance to the Final Four,” Pumaren said.

Rookies Manalang and Ahanmisi scored 16 points apiece and five other of their teammates also contributed at least six points. “We just wanted to be competitive this year, but my players wanted to attend the advance party,” Pumaren expressed.

Still, Adamson was only ahead by six after three quarters before Terrence Mustre’s triple and Ahanmisi’s short stab bookended a 16-4 tear that mounted the biggest lead of the game, 72-54, inside the last two minutes.

With the Final Four cast complete, 5-8 National University and University of the Philippines are out of contention.

For the Tigers, it was Jon Sheriff who topped the scoring with 13 points.

With veterans Kent Lao and Louie Vigil and promising youngsters Marvin Lee and Renzo Subido undergoing a disciplinary action, however, they were unable to keep up and dropped to 3-10.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 76 – Manalang 16, Ahanmisi 16, Manganti 9, Tungcab 8, Sarr 7, Mustre 7, Ochea 6, Espeleta 4, Bernardo 2, Camacho 1, Paranada 0, Chua 0, Ng 0

UST 61 – Sheriff 13, Lao 12, Basibas 8, Vigil 6, Macasaet 6, Huang 4, Caunan 4, Afoakwah 3, Arana 3, De Guzman 2, Faundo 0, Lee 0, Subido 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-19, 37-32, 56-50, 76-61

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