Adamson stops UST to stay spotless in UAAP 81

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2018 04:23 PM
Adamson stops UST to stay spotless in UAAP 81
Jerrick Ahanmisi and Adamson are at 3-0 for the first time in recent history

By imposing its will on University of Sto. Tomas, Adamson University has improved on its best start since 2003.

Putting their opponents inside a pressure cooker for majority of the matchup, the Soaring Falcons dominated the Growling Tigers in a well-earned win, 79-71, on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The story of the game was pretty simple as Adamson forced 27 turnovers which it quickly converted into 29 points for its third win in as many games in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Already off to their strongest start to the season since 2003, they have added one more mark on the win column to still stand alone atop the leaderboard.

At the half, the Soaring Falcons already counted 17 errors from their opponents and had 21 points off of them to mount a lead of as much as 10. “I think this is one game that we can say that we played as a team,” head coach Franz Pumaren said post-game.

However, UST just would not quit and behind CJ Cansino, roared right back into the game, even snatching away the lead, 56-53.

Ahanmisi and the Adamson press had the quick counter, though, and with a 16-8 run, re-established order for a 61-56 advantage late in the third.

The Growling Tigers would again threaten at 60-61 early in the final frame only to see Ahanmisi and Kristian Bernardo get together for seven unanswered points for a 68-60 edge.

Ahanmisi wound up with 20 points, nine coming in the last period to make sure the Soaring Falcons remained impressive in the earlygoing of the season. “One thing I can say is my bench players proved they are capable of stepping up. Papi is not 100 percent and it’s the same thing with Sean,” coach Franz said.

Bernardo also added seven points, five rebounds, and two steals in just 10 minutes of play while Vince Magbuhos chipped in 15 markers and four pilfers. Those two made up for the missing contributions from Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti who were both slowed down by illness.

For UST, Cansino topped the scoring column with 18 points on top of five rebounds and two assists. Marvin Lee also scored 16 markers which fell short of preventing their drop down to 1-2.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 79 – Ahanmisi 20, Magbuhos 15, Espeleta 12, Camacho 9, Bernardo 7, Lastimosa 6, Sarr 4, Pingoy 4, Catapusan 2, Manganti 0, Colonia 0, Mojica 0

UST 71 – Cansino 18, Lee 16, Subido 8, Akomo 8, Cosejo 6, Marcos 4, Huang 4, Zamora 3, Lagumen 2, Mahinay 2, Caunan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-18, 38-31, 58-54, 79-71

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