Adamson, FEU keep proving UAAP 81 Jrs. no two-team race

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 15, 2018 02:39 PM
Adamson, FEU keep proving UAAP 81 Jrs. no two-team race
Not much is separating Adamson and FEU-Diliman from Finals favorites Ateneo and NU

STANDINGS
Ateneo 5-1
NU 5-1
Adamson 5-2
FEU-Diliman 5-2
DLSZ 3-4
UST 3-4
UE 1-6
UPIS 0-7

While everybody’s eyes have been focused on last year’s Finalists, Adamson High School and Far Eastern University-Diliman continue sending statements they are contenders as well in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Both the Baby Falcons and the Baby Tamaraws finish the first round of eliminations in joint second-place after coming out on top against separate foes on Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

In the first game, Adamson made quick work of De La Salle Zobel, 72-57.

Workhorse wing Adrian Manlapaz kept opening eyes with a career-high 18 points while Didat Hanapi and Andrey Doria also added 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

Top gun Joem Sabandal made his presence felt elsewhere with 11 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and two steals as the Baby Falcons outscored their opponents 36-18 in the middle periods to come away with a convincing victory.

Now at 5-2, they are assured of the league’s second-best record heading into the second round whatever happens in the clash between Ateneo de Manila High School and Nazareth School of National University, both 5-1, later in the day.

Also standing on level ground with them is FEU-Diliman which tamed University of Sto. Tomas, 63-37.

The Baby Tamaraws charged to a 14-2 start in the first eight minutes and never looked back en route to what was likewise their fifth win in seven games.

The Tiger Cubs could only come as close as 11 points in the third quarter only to see RJ Abarrientos take charge and take back control for the green and gold.

In the end, Abarrientos did it all once more with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three blocks while Bryan Sajonia chipped in 12 markers.

Along with forging a three-way tie for the second spot, both Adamson and FEU-Diliman could boast of big-time wins over last year’s Finalists – the former having downed runner-up NU and the latter having defeated champion Ateneo.

Meanwhile, University of the East got its first taste of victory at the expense of the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 74-72.

Little-known Leo Almacen dropped a career-high 29 points off the bench while Sean Manaug posted a 20 marker-, 15-rebound double-double in the Junior Warriors’ long-awaited, much-wanted breakthrough win after seven games.

For the Junior Maroons, Jordi Gomez de Liano, younger brother of Fighting Maroons Javi and Juan, also scored a career-best 27 points built on seven triples. That was far from enough, however, as they remain winless in the season.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ADAMSON 72 – Manlapaz 18, Hanapi 12, Doria An 11, Sabandal 11, Doria Ad 5, Prodigo 4, Padilla 3, Barcelona 2, Santos 2, Dominguez 2, Tulabut 2, Engbino 0, Nitura 0, Capulong 0, Berwite 0

DLSZ 57 – Jomalesa 15, Unisa 10, Subido 8, Macasaet 7, Marana 6, Pingol 4, Sevilla 3, Villarin 2, Milan 2, Buncayo 0, Dee 0, Luna 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-17, 34-25, 54-35, 72-57

SECOND GAME

UE 74 – Almacen 29, Manaug 20, Sullano 11, Dichoso 9, Alinsoring 5, Flores 0, Villarta 0, Agbas 0, Dy Tioco 0, Tajonera 0, Escamilla 0, Lima 0

UPIS 72 – Gomez de Liano 27, Torres 12, Tuazon 12, Labao 11, Vergeire 7, Lopez 3, Napalang 0, Armamento 0, Galotera 0, Estrera 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 51-39, 64-52, 74-72

THIRD GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 63 – Sajonia 12, Abarrientos 11, Alforque 11, Ona 8, Tolentino 6, Torres 5, Armendez 4, Bagunu 2, Bautista 2, Sicat 2, Anonuevo 0, Barasi 0, Libago 0

UST 37 – Lina 11, Nonoy 7, Estrella 6, Marzan 3, Sumabat 2, Casingcasing 2, Dolendo 2, Gamboa 2, Barranco 1, Oliva 1, Manabat 0, Dumlao 0, Javier 0, Beliran 0, Amador 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-7, 34-18, 53-27, 63-37

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