Abadiano, NU get payback for first and only loss in UAAP 81 Jrs.
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 20, 2019 03:21 PM
Gerry Abadiano posed problems for his former team while also pushing NU to its fourth consecutive victory.
Nazareth School of National University’s first and only loss in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament came at the hands of Adamson High School.
Gerry Abadiano made sure on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre that the Bullpups finally get back at the Baby Falcons by dropping a 41-point hammer for a 112-71 decision.
Abadiano was a thorn on the side of his former school, scoring a career-best 29 points on top of five rebounds and two assists to show the league-leaders the way to 9-1. With one more win, they will be the first team to clinch a spot in the Final Four.
Much like the two teams’ first meeting, the Baby Falcons were actually taking it to NU for the first eight minutes.
It was at that point, though, that Abadiano conspired with five other teammates in a massive 27-6 surge that turned a two-point edge into a 43-20 advantage with 4:31 remaining in the second quarter.
The Bullpups would never be threatened the rest of the way and only increased their lead to as much as 44, sending a statement to their first and only tormentors thus far in the tournament.
Flanking Abadiano were Terrence Fortea who had 23 points built on five triples as well as Carl Tamayo who had a 14-marker, 12-rebound double-double as they won for the fourth time in a row.
For Adamson, Adam Doria fronted the effort with 24 points while Joem Sabandal also added nine markers, seven rebounds, five steals, and three assists. Unable to match up with the firepower their opponents brought in this one, though, they fell to 6-4 in the standings.
Meanwhile, University of Sto. Tomas boosted its bid for the playoffs behind another triple-double for Mark Nonoy as they blasted the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 80-65.
Nonoy did it all with 30 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals to tally his third triple-double in the tournament while also towing the Tiger Cubs to 5-5 – just right behind the top four.
In the day’s other game, De La Salle Zobel rode the shoulders of Raven Cortez to outlast University of the East, 70-66.
Cortez, playing in just his second game in the season, posted a 16-point, 19-rebound double-double to go along with five assists, four blocks, and four steals in the Junior Archers’ fourth win in six games.
With their respective losses, the Junior Maroons and the Junior Warriors both dropped to 1-9.
DLSZ 70 – Cortez 16, Cudiamat 15, Macasaet 12, Sevilla 10, Subido 7, Villarin 4, Jomalesa 4, Milan 2, Buncayo 0, Pingol 0.
UE 66 – Flores 16, Dichoso 12, Sullano 10, Alinsoring 9, Almacen 6, Tan 5, Villarta 5, Manaug 2, Lima 1, Agbas 0, Santos 0, Tajonera 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 22-10, 37-35, 53-45, 70-66
UST 80 – Nonoy 30, Lina 21, Amador 15, Casingcasing 7, Dumlao 3, Javier 2, Manabat 2, Estrella 0, Marzan 0, Benzonan 0, Barranco 0, Dolendo 0, Gamboa 0.
UPIS 65 – Torres 20, Estrera 16, Tuazon 11, Labao 7, Gomez de Liaño 6, Galotera 3, Vergeire 2, Napalang 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 13-15, 30-32, 52-49, 80-65
NU 112 – Abadiano 29, Fortea 23, Tamayo 14, Gonzales 6, Dayrit 6, Javillonar 6, Torres 6, Quiambao 5, Felicilda 5, Enriquez 4, Mailim 2, Alarcon 2, Buensalida 2, Vinoya 2, Abiera 0, Songcuya 0.
ADAMSON 71 – Doria Ad. 24, Doria An. 10, Sabandal 9, Manlapaz 8, Prodrigo 5, Tulabut 5, Hanapi 4, Barcelona 4, Engbino 2, Capulong 0, Nitura 0, Padilla 0, Santos 0, Dominguez 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-14, 52-33, 85-56, 112-71
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