Baby Falcons swoop onto playoff berth; UE scores vs UPIS

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 11, 2018 12:44 PM
Baby Falcons swoop onto playoff berth; UE scores vs UPIS
Whatever happens, Joem Sabandal and Adamson will be playing another game in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament

STANDINGS
Ateneo 13-0
NU 11-2
FEU-Diliman 8-5
Adamson 7-7
UST 6-7
DLSZ 4-10
UPIS 3-11
UE 2-12

The surprises are far from over from Adamson High School in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

With their playoff lives on the line, it wasn’t Joem Sabandal who came through but the other guys as the Baby Falcons took care of business up against also-ran De La Salle Zobel, 75-51, on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

Adrian Manlapaz had for himself a breakout game with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double, Adam Doria also turned in his best game of the season with 18 markers, and the San Marcelino-based squad is now assured of at least an eliminator for the fourth and final playoff berth.

While Sabandal didn’t star, he still had big-time contributions of 13 points, six assists, six rebounds, and one steal.

It was also the team captain who detonated the 28-7 second quarter blast that turned a one-point deficit into a 44-24 lead.

The Junior Archers would never threaten the rest of the way and the Adamson lead would only increase to as much as 27.

With that, the Baby Falcons finish the elimination round at 7-7 – temporarily alone at the fourth spot depending on the result of University of Sto. Tomas’ matchup with Far Eastern University-Diliman later.

If the Tiger Cubs lose, the fourth and final playoff berth goes to Adamson. If the Tiger Cubs win, they will head into a knockout bout with Adamson for the fourth and final playoff berth.

Whatever happens from now, head coach Mike Fermin is nothing but proud of his boys who have emerged as the unlikeliest of contenders.

In the game day’s opener, University of the East scored a well-earned 94-85 win against University of the Philippines Integrated School.

The Junior Warriors drew power performances from their Big Three as Andrei Dulalia had a mighty 24-point, 21-rebound double-double; Agem Miranda had his own 22 markers, 10 boards, and five assists; and Shane Dichoso chipped in 20 points.

With that, they registered only their second win of the season - and their first not due to forfeiture.

For the Junior Maroons, Matt Santiago topped the scoring column with 19 points. Fellow graduating players Joelo Tupaz, Rafael Labao, and Jaggie Gregorio added 15, 15, and 10 markers, respectively.

At the end of the season for them, DLSZ stands at 4-10, UPIS stands at 3-11, and UE stands at 2-12.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

UE 94 - Dulalia 24, Miranda 22, Dichoso 20, Almacen 12, Angeles 9, Vinte 7, Policarpio 0, Tajonera 0, Villarta 0

UPIS 85 - Santiago 19, Tupaz 15, Labao Raf 15, Labao Ral 11, Gregorio 10, Vergeire 9, Estrera 6, Villa-real 0, Condalor 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-20, 36-38, 70-65, 94-85

SECOND GAME

ADAMSON 75 – Manlapaz 20, Doria Ad 18, Sabandal 13, Hanapi 9, Doria An 7, Prodigo 4, Canoy 3, Engbino 1, Santos 0, Baculio 0

DLSZ 51 – Calimag 11, Escandor 10, Cosejo 10, Udal 6, Damiles 4, Carlos 3, Terrado 3, Santos 2, Cortez 2, Vesagas 0, Favis 0, Pascual 0, Bonalos 0, Chavez 0, Barcuma 0, Buncayo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-17, 44-24, 61-41, 75-51

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