UAAP 81 Final Four all set with Baby Tams, Baby Falcons
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 27, 2019 05:06 PM
RR Tolentino and Adam Doria both came up big for now-Final Four-bound FEU-Diliman and Adamson, respectively
Far Eastern University-Diliman and Adamson High School are not getting left behind by Nazareth School of National University and Ateneo de Manila High School in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
Courtesy of convincing victories over separate foes on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Baby Tamaraws and the Baby Falcons have completed the cast for the Final Four alongside the Bullpups and the Blue Eaglets.
The Baby Tamaraws came out on top of the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 87-65, after getting propelled by RR Tolentino and his breakout game.
The graduating forward scored a career-high 20 points on top of seven rebounds while Xyrus Torres chipped in 15 markers of his own in their ninth win in 12 games. “Kailangan naming masanay na kung wala si RJ, kailangang mag ibang mag-step up,” head coach Allan Albano said post-game.
Main man RJ Abarrientos had his lowest scoring output in the season with just two points in 1-of-6 shooting, but made his presence felt elsewhere with 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.
It was also Abarrientos who orchestrated the Baby Tamaraws’ charge in the middle periods where they outscored their opponents, 46-26.
They wouldn’t be threatened until the final buzzer and find themselves yet again on equal footing for the second spot with defending champion Ateneo. “Hopefully, makabalik kami dun sa maganda naming laro kasi mahirap na kung si Ateneo yung magkaroon ng (twice-to-beat) advantage,” coach Allan said.
Meanwhile, the Baby Falcons pecked De La Salle Zobel, 94-77, to also advance to the playoffs.
This will be their first trip there since Season 78 and none of it wouldn’t have been possible if not for Doria twins Adam and Andrey. The former finished with 27 points built on seven triples on top of six rebounds while the latter ended with an 18-marker, 11-rebound double-double.
Main man Joem Sabandal was also right there with them with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists as Adamson ascended onto an 8-4 standing.
Even after the breakthrough, though, they aren’t resting on their laurels as they still have their sights set on a twice-to-beat advantage.
On the other hand, the Junior Archers fail to make the playoffs for the third season in a row and now hold a 4-8 record. Ivan Cudiamat fronted their effort in this one with 27 points and nine rebounds.
For the Junior Maroons, Polo Labao topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists. Their latest loss drops their record to 1-11.
FEU-DILIMAN 87 – Tolentino 20, Torres 15, J. Bautista 11, Ona 11, Sajonia 7, Alforque 6, Anonuevo 6, Sleat 5, Abarrientos 2, Bagunu 2, Bradley 2, S. Bautista 0, Libago 0, Armendez 0, Barasi 0.
UPIS 65 – Labao 19, Vergiere 13, Estrera 13, Torres 10, Tuazon 10, Gomez de Liano 0, Galotera 0, Napalang 0, Lopez 0, Armamento 0, Abreu 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 20-17, 44-32, 66-43, 87-65.
ADAMSON 94 – Ad. Doria 27, Sabandal 19, An. Doria 18, Manlapaz 11, Prodigo 5, Engbino 5, Capulong 5, Tulabut 2, Barcelona 2, Hanapi 0, Dominguez 0, Santos 0.
DLSZ 77 – Cudiamat 27, Jomalesa 12, Macasaet 11, Unisa 11, Sevilla 8, Villarin 3, Milan 2, Luna 2, Subido 1, Pingol 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 25-20, 42-37, 68-60, 94-77.
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