Adamson returns to winning ways after putting a leash on NU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2017 06:32 PM
Adamson returns to winning ways after putting a leash on NU
THERE YOU ARE. Both Adamson and Koko Pingoy finally showed what they're capable of.

With a couple of changes to its starting lineup, Adamson University has rediscovered its winning form in the 80th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

First-time starters Koko Pingoy and Jonathan Espeleta provided the much-needed boost as the Soaring Falcons tamed National University, 83-76, on Sunday at the MOA Arena.

Heading into the game, Franz Pumaren’s wards only had one win to show through three games – that win an uninspiring one over still winless University of the East. “We learned from our mistakes already. We played smarter basketball,” the head coach said.

Adamson finally showed its might in this one to improve its standing to an even 2-2. “Actually, what I saw right now was the team I envisioned at the start of the season. Each and every one will contribute one way or another,” Pumaren said.

At the forefront was Pingoy who started in place of Robbie Manalang and then proceeded to put on a show all over the floor. “We’re just happy na nakuha namin ang panalo ngayon. We just followed coach Franz and yung system niya,” the point guard said after totaling 12 points, five assists, and six steals.

With the Soaring Falcons trailing by 3, 27-30, in the middle of the second quarter, the one-time high school standout scored six points and also got one assist and one steal in a 16-2 surge that put them ahead, 43-32, at halftime.

The Bulldogs kept coming, of course, and trimmed their deficit to just 69-76 inside the last four minutes only to see Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti string together five straight points to send Adamson into another double-digit advantage, 81-69.

Pumaren’s wards would stay ahead all the way to their most convincing victory yet.

In the end, Sarr posted a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double in his best game of the season while Jerrick Ahanmisi scored 13 points on top of five assists, four rebounds, and two steals.

Espeleta, who started in place of the injured Tyrus Hill, also contributed a much welcome 13 points built on three triples.

Skipper J-Jay Alejandro was the lone bright spot for NU with 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.

He had no other teammate in double-digits as they dropped back onto a 2-2 standing.

Both the Soaring Falcons and the Bulldogs are in the three-way logjam with Far Eastern University for the fourth spot.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 83 - Sarr 19, Ahanmisi 13, Espeleta 13, Pingoy 12, Manganti 5, Ochea 4, Camacho 4, Bernardo 4, Mustre 3, Manalang 2, Lojera 2, Zaldivar 2, Paranada 0.

NU 76 - Alejandro 25, Gaye 8, Bartlett 7, Lastimosa 7, Aquino 6, Mosqueda 6, Salem 3, Joson 3, Yu 3, Morido 2, Rangel 2, Diputado 2, Tibayan 2, Abatayo 0, Cauilan 0, Flores 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-19, 43-32, 60-50, 83-76.

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