UAAP: Adamson puts an end to three-year drought vs La Salle

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 20, 2018 04:13 PM
UAAP: Adamson puts an end to three-year drought vs La Salle
Franz Pumaren-coached Adamson has finally gotten the La Salle monkey off its back

For the first time in their last eight meetings, Adamson University has triumphed over De La Salle University now in the second round of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Jerrick Ahanmisi was missing shots he usually makes, but the Soaring Falcons’ defense made sure the Green Archers did even worse before Sean Manganti and Koko Pingoy came up big in the endgame for a 57-50 decision on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ahanmisi only had nine points to his name, but Manganti and Pingoy were there to pick up the slack and carry Adamson to solo first now at 7-2. “We prepared pretty well against La Salle. Everyone was excited to play them today,” head coach Franz Pumaren said.

That was all because of a defense that suffocated their opponents into 26 percent shooting.

The Soaring Falcons showed no mercy right from tip-off, getting right in the face of the likes of Aljun Melecio and Justine Baltazar. “I guess what really transpired in this game is our defense. We showed today that we’re able to control them,” coach Franz said.

That led to La Salle going scoreless from the field in the first and getting only two points in the scoreboard in the quarter – the lowest output for an entire period since 2003.

Adamson continued to clamp down on defense in the second and, in all, forced their foes to miss their first 20 shots from the field and found themselves ahead, 13-2, early in the quarter.

The Green Archers were only able to pierce through the net with a field goal courtesy of back-to-back inside baskets from Justine Baltazar and Mark Dyke at the 8:35 mark of the second.

With Ahanmisi misfiring, though, the Soaring Falcons weren’t able to turn the game into a blowout and even saw Melecio’s three pull La Salle to just down by one, 46-47, inside the last six minutes.

In the ensuing possession, however, Manganti buried his own trey and following a defensive stop, Pingoy added another one to put their team up, 53-46.

Not long after, Adamson finished the job in its first triumph over La Salle since October 2015. From there, the former had lost seven straight games, five in the eliminations and two in the playoffs, to the latter.

That is until now.

Manganti wound up with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and two steals while Pingoy had his own six markers, six dimes, and five boards.

Papi Sarr also added a 12-point, 16-rebound double-double to help coach Franz get his first win against the Green Archers.

Melecio paced La Salle with 18 points and nine rebounds while Encho Serrano chipped in 10 markers and five boards.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 57 – Manganti 19, Sarr 12, Ahanmisi 9, Pingoy 6, Camacho 4, Lastimosa 3, Magbuhos 2, Zaldivar 2, Catapusan 0, Mojica 0, Espeleta 0, Bernardo 0

LA SALLE 50 – Melecio 18, Serrano 10, Baltazar 6, Santillan 5, Montalbo 4, Dyke 4, Manuel 2, Caracut 1, Bates 0, Corteza 0

QUARTER SCORES: 9-2, 28-21, 41-35, 57-50

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