UST cleans up act vs Adamson to clinch playoff berth in UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 26, 2019 06:37 PM
UST cleans up act vs Adamson to clinch playoff berth
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

ANTIPOLO - University of Sto. Tomas made sure there was no room for Adamson University to have a furious fightback in their second round meeting in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament to take a well-earned 80-74 win, Saturday at Ynares Center here.

With that, the Growling Tigers took care of business and assured themselves of at least a playoff for a place in the next round.

Ending the elimination round at 8-6, they put pressure on 8-4 University of the Philippines, 7-6 Far Eastern University, and 6-6 De La Salle University to match or better their standing as, among those four teams, only three can enter the next round.

To do that, UST needed to prove it has moved on from its heartbreaking loss which saw it fall victim to a furious 16-0 fightback for the Soaring Falcons to steal the win.

Déjà vu seemed to be in the offing this time around as well as they lost a 67-55 lead early in the final frame by allowing their opponents to score 12 unanswered points to tie the tally at 67-all inside the last five minutes.

From there, however, Mark Nonoy, Sherwin Concepcion, and Renzo Subido all hit booming triples for a 9-2 run and a 76-69 edge with 1:36 left.

Still, Jerrrick Ahanmisi kept Adamson coming as his trey pulled them within 74-77 with 11 ticks to go only to see Subido shut the door on them once and for all by making good on three of his four free throws.

In the end, Nonoy had 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists while Subido had his own 12 markers, seven dimes, and two boards.

Soulenmane Chabi Yo then posted a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double while Rhenz Abando also added 13 markers and six boards.

UST will now await the results of the games of the Fighting Maroons (vs La Salle, vs Ateneo de Manila University), the Tamaraws (vs University of the East), and the Green Archers (vs UP, vs Adamson) to determine who it will match up with next.

On the other hand, the 4-9 Soaring Falcons get another golden opportunity to play spoiler as they can extinguish La Salle's playoff hopes. Pacing them in this one was rookie Joem Sabandal who had a career-high 18 points.

BOX SCORES

UST 80 - Nonoy 17, Chabi Yo 16, Abando 13, Subido 12, Concepcion 8, Paraiso 5, Cansino 4, Ando 2, Huang 2, Bataller 1

ADAMSON 74 - Sabandal 18, Ahanmisi 11, Camacho 10, Douanga 7, Chauca 6, Lastimosa 6, Fermin 4, Manlapaz 3, Mojica 3, Bernardo 2, Magbuhos 2, Yerro 2, Flowers 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-22, 43-42, 65-55, 80-74

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