Adamson tames UST, takes seat in UAAP 81 Final Four

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 07, 2018 04:23 PM
Adamson tames UST, takes seat in UAAP 81 Final Four
Adamson will be making a trip to the Final Four for the third year in a row

Adamson University is inching closer and closer to its best showing under head coach Franz Pumaren – and the elimination round isn’t even over yet in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Pressuring young University of Sto. Tomas until it broke in the third quarter, the Soaring Falcons powered their way to a 96-83 decision on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Adamson was trailing by one at the half until it blitzed its opponents all over the court in the third. “If you look at the game we were playing tight in the first half, but when we settled down, we were able to dispose of a very good team,” head coach Franz Pumaren said.

Five different players got together for 15 unanswered points to start the quarter that, all of a sudden, put them ahead by double-digits, 54-40.

The Soaring Falcons wouldn’t stop there just yet and, in all, dropped 30 points in the third for a 70-58 lead.

After struggling in the first half, Jerrick Ahanmisi waxed hot in the quarter with all but five of his 13 points to go along with a total of three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

The double-digit margin wouldn’t go down until the final buzzer as they finished off a bounce back win following a loss at the hands of Ateneo de Manila University three days ago.

Sean Manganti topped the scoring column with 22 points on top of seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals while Simon Camacho also added a career-best 15 markers, three boards, two pilfers, and two blocks.

Now at 9-3, Adamson is assured of a place in the Final Four – and has the inside track for the remaining twice-to-beat advantage. “Well, of course, we are happy to reach the Final Four, but we’ve been doing that for the last two years. Hopefully, we can improve our finish this year,” coach Franz said.

At the same time, the win lets them match their 9-5 win total in 2016 and eclipse their 8-6 win total in 2017 – and two games remain in their schedule.

On the other hand, the Growling Tigers dropped farther down in the standings now at 5-7. Renzo Subido showed the way for them with 21 points alongside CJ Cansino who had 17 markers, 12 rebounds, and six assists of his own.

They now need to win their last two games to have a shot at the Final Four.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 96 – Manganti 22, Camacho 15, Ahanmisi 13, Sarr 11, Lastimosa 10, Pingoy 9, Mojica 8, Mabuhos 4, Catapusan 2, Bernardo 2, Zaldivar 0, Espeleta 0

UST 83 – Subido 21, Lee 18, Cansino 17, Huang 8, Mahinay 8, Zamora 7, Bataller 2, Caunan 2, Marcos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-20, 39-40, 70-58, 96-83

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