Falcons score first win at expense of error-prone Tigers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 16, 2017 07:18 PM
Falcons score first win at expense of error-prone Tigers
BOUNCE BACK. Adamson made sure it wasn't going to start the season with back-to-back losses.

Adamson University has moved on from the worst way to start the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Rediscovering their tried and tested recipe for success, the Soaring Falcons frustrated University of Sto. Tomas for an 88-81 decision on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“We are a different team compared to our last game,” head coach Franz Pumaren said after his team mightily rebounded onto a 1-1 record.

In its season-opener, Adamson was embarrassed by Ateneo de Manila University, 65-85.

Team captain Robbie Manalang made sure that wasn’t happening again, firing 11 of his 19 points in the first half alone. “I challenged him and it’s good he accepted the responsibility,” Pumaren said.

Rookie Kurt Lojera also busted out, firing all but six of his 16 points in the first two quarters.

However, it was the famed “Pumaren press” that allowed the Soaring Falcons to quell each and every uprising from their opponents. “I have to give credit to our players. All those turnovers are a testament to the defense our players played,” the mentor said.

The pressure cooker proved to be too much for the Tigers who turned the ball over 41 times – the most by a single squad since 2003.

Adamson quickly converted those errors into 32 points, giving them the necessary distance for whenever their opponents came close.

Along with the defense, the outside shooting also went online for Pumaren’s wards who dropped nine long-range missiles, five of which came from the hot hands of Manalang.

Papi Sarr, in his first game from a groin injury, was also a welcome addition with 10 points and four rebounds in just 12 minutes.

With their first win out of the way, the Falcons now turn their attention to a matchup with defending champion De La Salle University on Wednesday.

On the other hand, UST goes back to the drawing board once more with back-to-back losses to start the season.

Jeepy Faundo led them in the losing effort with a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double. Team captain Marvin Lee chipped in 14 markers of his own, but also committed nine turnovers.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 88 – Manalang 19, Lojera 16, Manganti 11, Sarr 10, Pingoy 9, Ahanmisi 8, Espeleta 5, Camacho 4, Hill 3, Bernardo 2, Ochea 1, Frias 0, Mustre 0, Zaldivar 0.

UST 81 – Faundo 21, Lee 14, Sta. Ana 14. Akomo 10, Arana 9, Basibas 7, De Guzman 2, Kwawukumey 2, Lorenzana 2, Garcia 0, Soriano 0, Caunan 0, Escalambre 0, Macasaet 0, Huang 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 24-16, 45-39, 70-58, 88-81

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