UAAP: Adamson braves through scare from UE to stay solo second

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 10, 2018 04:13 PM
UAAP: Adamson braves through scare from UE to stay second
Adamson already has its highest win total under head coach Franz Pumaren - and one game remains in its schedule

Adamson University was not itself in the first five and a half minutes on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

From that point, however, the Soaring Falcons woke up from their slumber, stood up to very game University of the East, and marched forward to an 85-72 decision that keeps them at solo second in the standings of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Red Warriors were scorching to start the game and had a 20-3 lead at the 4:30 mark of the opening salvo. “Sometimes, you have a flat start thinking that the other team would just roll over. Good thing we were able to regroup,” head coach Franz Pumaren said post-game.

From there, though, four different players conspired for 18 unanswered points that got Adamson back into the game.

The two teams would go toe-to-toe until UE again put up a 59-53 lead at the 3:34 mark of the third quarter.

That would be their last taste of the lead, however, as Sean Manganti and Jerrick Ahanmisi combined for nine points in 14-0 run that built up a 67-59 advantage in favor of the Soaring Falcons early in the final frame.

That would be more than enough for them to cruise to their 10th win in 13 games – already their best showing in the Franz Pumaren era.

With another win, or a De La Salle University loss, they will be getting the first twice-to-beat advantage in seven seasons. “Well, of course, we still have to look at the remaining schedule. That game is still crucial,” coach Franz said, referring to their last game of the elimination round against Far Eastern University a week from now.

Ahanmisi wound up with 23 points on top of four rebounds and two assists while Manganti chipped in 19 markers, two dimes, and two steals.

Jerom Lastimosa also brought timely contributions with 10 points, four assists, and three rebounds off the bench.

For the Red Warriors, Alvin Pasaol showed the way as always with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals while Philip Manalang also added 19 markers of his own. That still wasn’t enough, though, as they fell for the eighth time in a row and 12th overall in 13 games.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 85 – Ahanmisi 23, Manganti 19, Lastimosa 10, Sarr 9, Camacho 7, Catapusan 6, Pingoy 5, Espeleta 4, Zaldivar 2, Mojica 0, Magbuhos 0, Bernardo 0, Colonia 0

UE 72 – Pasaol 24, Manalang 19, Cullar 12, Bartolome 8, Gallardo 5, Varilla 4, Strait 0, Antiporda 0, Beltran 0, Conner 0, Gagate 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-24, 40-40, 65-59, 85-72

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