Adamson soars higher, sends UP to first losing skid

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2017 04:10 PM
Adamson soars higher, sends UP to first losing skid
SOARING, FLYING. Jerrick Ahanmisi and Adamson are continuing to soar at the expense of suddenly skidding UP.

Jerick Ahanmisi’s shooting, Sean Manganti’s non-stop motor, and Adamson University’s confidence all spelled disaster for the University of the Philippines on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ahanmisi turned in his best game thus far, Manganti brought the big shot, and the Soaring Falcons toppled the suddenly skidding Maroons, 73-71, for their third consecutive victory in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With the two teams all even at 71 with 22 ticks to go, Franz Pumaren went to Ahanmisi for their last shot. That much was obvious as the latter totaled 21 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

The second-year sniper missed his shot, but also had Papi Sarr get a rebound as well as a follow-up.

The Cameroonian also muffed on his attempt, but Manganti got another offensive board as well and got the putback that would prove to be the difference. “I guess we were lucky to win that game. I guess this is a good test on our part that in crucial moments of the game, we can survive a game like this,” the head coach said.

State U still had a chance to force overtime with 1.1 seconds remaining, but Manganti denied the inbound to Paul Desiderio and denied any more tries to be put up. “With regards to Sean, we put several guys to slow down Desiderio, but had it finally with Sean being a veteran player,” Pumaren said.

The versatile forward only wound up with eight points and two rebounds, but it was, without a doubt, his end-to-end plays that won Adamson its third consecutive victory and fourth overall in six games.

Point guards Koko Pingoy and Robbie Manalang also merged for 18 points, seven assists, and three rebounds.

Along with extending its winning streak, the Soaring Falcons also pushed UP to its first losing skid in the season.

The Cebuano connection of Desiderio and Jun Manzo did its best to bring them back onto the win column with 19 points apiece. Neither of them were able to do anything, however, as Manganti was just at the right place, at the right time.

Following their biggest win in over a decade at the expense of defending champion De La Salle University, the back-to-back losses drag down the Fighting Maroons to 3-3 and fifth-place.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 73 – Ahanmisi 21, Pingoy 10, Manalang 8, Manganti 8, Sarr 6, Lojera 5, Ochea 5, Hill 4, Espeleta 4, Bernardo 2, Mustre 0, Zaldivar 0

UP 71 – Desiderio 19, Manzo 19, Gomez de Liano Ja 8, Ouattara 8, Lao 4, Dario 3, Gomez de Liano Ju 3, Prado 3, Lim 2, Battad 2, Vito 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-25, 43-44, 57-54, 73-71

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