Mighty Adamson falls for first time at hands of FEU-Diliman

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 14, 2017 01:36 PM
Mighty Adamson falls for first time at hands of FEU-Diliman
SOMETHING NEW. Someone solved Adamson for the first time.

TEAM STANDINGS
Adamson 7-1
NU 7-1
FEU-Diliman 6-2
Ateneo 4-4
UPIS 3-5
DLSZ 2-6
UST 2-6
UE 1-7

Mark one up on the loss column for Adamson High School in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

And doing the marking, from out of nowhere, is Far Eastern University-Diliman.

Leaning on disciplined defense along with the hot hands of JJ Sapinit, the Baby Tamaraws ambushed the erstwhile undefeated Baby Falcons, 75-73, on Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Executing the gameplan to a tee, FEU-Diliman shut down the league-leaders, who were coming off an 83-point win, to only 18 made field goals.

More than that, the Baby Tamaraws suffocated their opponents into only 32.7 percent shooting.

According to coach Allan Albano, however, they didn’t do anything different. “Wala naman kaming ginawang extraordinary. In-improve lang talaga namin yung first round namin,” he said.

At the other end, Sapinit took charge with a total of 24 points, leading FEU-Diliman to a feat no other team has done in the tournament. With the win, they solidified their stranglehold on solo third at 6-2 – just a game behind 7-1 Adamson and Nazareth School of National University.

It definitely didn’t come easy, however, as Jason Celis waxed hot in the final frame to keep the Baby Falcons alive and kicking. Scoring eight of his 22 points inside the last seven minutes, he had them threatening at 73-74 with 2:13 to go.

Celis even had a chance to retake the lead for Adamson, but muffed on both of his free throws. The Baby Tamaraws would not allow any more makes as Gonzales’ split from the line wrapped up their big-time win.

Encho Serrano topped the scoring column in the Baby Falcons’ losing effort with 24 points. Downed for the first time in eight games, they fell into a first-place tie with the Bullpups.

Meanwhile, Nazareth School of National University now has joint possession of the league-lead after downing Ateneo de Manila High School, 78-71.

In other results, University of the Philippines-Diliman moved closer to the top four with an 82-74 victory versus University of the East while University of Sto. Tomas scored just its second win of the season with an overtime triumph over De La Salle Zobel, 83-77.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

NU 78 – Penano 19, Manalang 16, Sarip 10, Amsali 7, Clemente 6, Coyoca 5, Tolentino 5, Malonzo 4, Callejo 2, Fortea 2, Dela Cruz 2, Atienza 0

ATENEO 71 – Belangel 14, Ildefonso 1, Salazar 8, Angeles 8, Manuel 8, Sotto 8, Berjay 6, Credo 6, Escalona 3, Laud 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-13, 33-38, 58-52, 78-71

SECOND GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 75 – Sapinit 24, Jabel 11, Roman 9, Alforque Ro 7, Gloria 6, Torres 6, Gonzales 5, Celzo 5, Abarrientos 2, Gabane 0, Baclay 0, Bieren 0

ADAMSON 73 – Serrano 24, Celis 22, Agbong 7, Abadiano 5, Santos 5, Tamayo 3, Padrigao 2, Antiporda 2, Sabandal 2, Flores 1, Desoyo 0, Beltran 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-20, 47-38, 59-59, 75-73

THIRD GAME

UPIS 82 – Gomez de Liano 19, Labao Ral 15, Estrera 15, Santiago 10, Gregorio 8, Labao Raf 7, Lagahit 6, Vergeire 2, Lina 0, Tupaz 0

UE 74 – Dulalia 18, Manaug 16, Acuesta 10, Gonzales 8, Angeles 8, Vinte 6, Balundo 4, Po 2, Cruz 1, Canton 1, Ramos 0, Morelos 0, Azurin 0, Domingo 0, Palanas 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-11, 38-27, 57-46, 82-74

FOURTH GAME

UST 83 – Cansino 18, Ratuiste 12, Ian 11, Baquial 10, Fornillos 9, Vince 9, Villapando 6, Navarro 4, Dela Cruz 2, Narvasa 2, Balingit 0, Morales 0

DLSZ 77 – Romero 14, Sobrevega 12, Umali 11, Chavez 8, Vesagas 7, Terrado 6, Cosejo 6, Vista 5, Carlos 4, Mariano 4, Mariano 4, Natividad 0, Laurente 0, Damiles 0, Cortez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-17, 33-35, 52-48, 70-70, 83-77 (OT)

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