Serrano-less Baby Falcons take out frustrations on Tiger Cubs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 01, 2017 01:29 PM
Serrano-less Baby Falcons take out frustrations on Cubs
WINNER'S CIRCLE. Gerry Abadiano made sure Adamson did not skip a beat even without Encho Serrano.

TEAM STANDINGS
NU 12-1 *
FEU-Diliman 11-2 *
Ateneo 10-3 *
DLSZ 5-8
UPIS 5-8
UST 5-8
UE 3-10
Adamson 1-12
* clinched playoff berth

Proving they are much more than a one-man show, Adamson High School’s other guys showed up on Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.

Gerry Abadiano fired 27 points and had seven other teammates contribute at least five markers in the Baby Falcons’ wire-to-wire 92-58 win against University of Sto. Tomas.

Playing without Encho Serrano for the first time in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Adamson showcased it still has heavy firepower in its arsenal.

The Baby Falcons started strong with a 29-point opening salvo and only kept their foot on the pedal. By halftime, they were way ahead by 24 points. 51-27.

Jojo Antiporda and Rence Padrigao chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, to help make up for the absence of top scorer Serrano.

The first-year player, the erstwhile frontrunner for MVP, was declared ineligible by the UAAP Board. As such, the 11-1 record Adamson registered with him leading the way was overturned.

With the 34-point win, however, the Baby Falcons wasted no time in barging back into the win column.

At 1-12, Adamson is out of playoff contention. Still, it remains determined to close out the year with a bang by trying to play spoiler to now league-leading Nazareth School of National University on Saturday.

Meanwhile, despite the loss, UST is still in the running for the fourth and final playoff berth. At 5-8, it is hoping for a De La Salle Zobel loss later.

BOX SCORES

SECOND GAME

ADAMSON 92 – Abadiano 27, Antiporda 11, Padrigao 10, Umayao 9, Celis 7, Agbong 6, Tamayo 5, Doria 5, Sumoda 4, Santos 3, Sabandal 3, Desoyo 2, Beltran 0, Mailim 0

UST 58 – Fornillos 10, Ratuiste 10, Baquial 8, Ballada 8, Narvasa 6, Cansino 4, Morales 3, Ian 3, Navarro 2, Villapando 2, Anunciacion 2, Balingit 0, Dela Cruz 0, Juan 0, Vince 0

QUARTER SCORES: 29-15, 51-27, 67-38, 92-58

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