UAAP: Adamson stays second as UP fightback falls short

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 28, 2018 06:38 PM
UAAP: Adamson stays second as UP fightback falls short
Jerrick Ahanmisi caught fire in Adamson's third quarter tear that blew UP out of the water

Adamson University had 34 points in the first half of its matchup with the University of the Philippines on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Soaring Falcons just turned it on in the third quarter, dropping 33 points to bury the Fighting Maroons in a huge hole they could never get out of, 80-72.

It was Jerrick Ahanmisi who detonated that explosion, scoring 16 of his 24 points in the third period to shoot his squad to their eighth win in 10 games in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The game was still very much in question at the half as Adamson was only up by eight until the third-year sharpshooter knocked down four triples in what proved to be the pivotal push.

The Maroons lived up to their monicker in the final frame as Bright Akhuetie and Juan Gomez de Liano carried them all the way back to just 70-74 inside the last two minutes.

They even got a defensive stop in the ensuing possession, but Simon Camacho got an offensive rebound for the Soaring Falcons. “Down the stretch, we have to rely on key plays. It just shows the quality of our veterans,” head coach Franz Pumaren said.

The ball then found Sean Manganti who was wide open in the corner for what proved to be the backbreaking triple. “Despite the run (UP) made, we were able to keep it together,” coach Franz said.

In the end, Ahanmisi also added six rebounds and three assists for good measure while Manganti had 10 points and six boards to his name.

Jerom Lastimosa also added 14 points as Adamson clinched at least a playoff for a Final Four berth.

On the other hand, State U fell out of the playoff picture and now stand at joint fifth holding a 5-6 record. Akhuetie posted a 24-point, 15-rebound double-double while Juan GDL had 15 markers, six boards, and five assists in the loss.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 80 – Ahanmisi 24, Lastimosa 14, Sarr 12, Manganti 10, Catapusan 5, V. Magbuhos 4, Pingoy 3, Camacho 3, Mojica 3, Bernardo 2, Zaldivar 0.

UP 72 – Akhuetie 24, Ju. Gomez de Liano 15, Desiderio 13, Manzo 8, Ja. Gomez de Liano 5, Vito 5, Jaboneta 2, Lim 0, Dario 0, Prado 0, Gozum 0.

Quarters: 12-12, 34-26, 67-48, 80-72.

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