Ahanmisi, Manlapaz conspire in Adamson’s return to form in UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 12, 2019 03:51 PM
Ahanmisi, Manlapaz conspire in Adamson’s return to form
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Adamson University got big-time contributions from its new faces all while Jerrick Ahanmisi got hot anew in their 72-53 victory versus National University, Saturday at MOA Arena.

First-year players AP Manlapaz and Lenda Douanga came up big for the Soaring Falcons who were very much in need of a win to breathe life into their playoff hopes in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament. "It's been a while since I've been here. We really needed this win," head coach Franz Pumaren said in his first post-win interview in almost a month.

Manlapaz wound up with 14 points in efficient 7-of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds and two assists while Douanga posted an 11-marker, 15-board double-double.

Of course, Ahanmisi was there as well and totaled 15 points built on three triples as they finally put an end to a four-game slide and powered through to 4-6 in the standings.

Those three did the heavy lifting in the 26-4 surge that erased a three-point deficit, 44-47, late in the third quarter and erected a 70-51 advantage inside the last two minutes.

Make no mistake, however, Adamson used total team effort to get back on track as three other players contributed in that killer run in the form of Joem Sabandal, Val Chuca, and Jerom Lastimosa.

In the end, Sabandal and Chauca merged for five points and four rebounds while Lastimosa chimed in an all-around 10 markers, nine assists, six boards, and four steals.

With the bounce back win, the Soaring Falcons rose to solo sixth in the playoff chase that is as competitive as it has ever been. "This is just a small step on our part for us to make sure we will be there until the end," coach Franz said.

On the other hand, the Bulldogs have been pushed to the brink of elimination now at 2-8.

Dave Ildefonso paced them in this one as always with 15 points and eight rebounds while Issa Gaye had his own 14 markers and 10 boards.


ADAMSON 72 - Ahanmisi 15, Manlapaz 14, Camacho 13, Douanga 11, Lastimosa 10, Chauca 3, Yerro 3, Sabandal 2, Fermin 1, Bernardo 0, Magbuhos 0, Mojica 0.

NU 53 - D. Ildefonso 15, Gaye 14, Clemente 10, Gallego 7, S. Ildefonso 2, Minerva 2, Rangel 2, Oczon 1, Diputado 0, Galinato 0, Joson 0, Malonzo 0, Mosqueda 0, Yu 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 8-12, 32-34, 48-47, 72-53.

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