Guarino the hero Baby Falcons complete cast for UAAP 82 playoffs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 05, 2020 12:52 PM
Guarino the hero Baby Falcons complete cast for playoffs
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STANDINGS
Bullpups 13-0 (twice-to-beat)
Baby Tamaraws 12-1 (twice-to-beat)
Blue Eaglets 8-6 (semifinals)
Baby Falcons 8-6 (semifinals)
Tiger Cubs 7-7
Jr. Warriors 3-10
Jr. Archers 3-11
Jr. Maroons 0-13

Adamson High School came through when it mattered most in the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament, gutting out a hardfought 79-76 triumph over Ateneo de Manila High School, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Jeremy Guarino emerged as unlikely hero for the Baby Falcons, shocking just about everybody by taking and making the shot that proved to be the difference between the two contenders.

After letting the Blue Eagles battle back into the game, the San Marcelino-based squad dug deep and stood strong in the dying moments before their little-known wing took matters into his own hands with a booming triple that broke off a 76-all tie and built up a three-point lead.

Still, 3.9 seconds were on the clock for Ateneo to make something happen, but Lebron Lopez's triple try fell way short.

Guarino wound up with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals to finish off the standout showing of Jake Figueroa who dominated all game long with a total of 26 markers, 21 boards, two pilfers, and two blocks.

With that, Adamson became the last team through the door of the next round - locking out oncoming University of Sto. Tomas in the process.

The Baby Falcons and the Blue Eaglets ended the elimination round both at 8-6, but the latter owns the superior quotient over the other.

That means that in case of Final Four, Ateneo is the three-seed and Adamson is the four-seed while in the case of stepladder playoffs, the two teams will meet again in the first knockout bout.

That also means the Tiger Cubs have been eliminated from contention.

Still, UST took care of business against De La Salle Zobel for a 95-87 win - even though they took time to do so.

Bismarck Lina was a force once more with a 25-point, 16-rebound double-double while Jacob Cortez had his own 21 markers.

Those two were the engine and the fuel that boosted the Tiger Cubs to a 34-point final frame that eventually ended as their seventh win in 14 games.

The Tiger Cubs just barely missed out on the Final Four and will now move forward sans stalwart Lina.

On the other hand, the Jr. Archers wind up their season at 3-11 and will not take part in the playoff party for the third year in a row - the longest such streak for multi-titled mentor Boris Aldeguer.

Kean Baclaan paced them in this one with 31 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ADAMSON 79 - Figueroa 26, Guarino 18, Barcelona 14, Erolon 11, Dominguez 5, Quinal 3, Hanapi 2, Cosal 0.

ATENEO 76 - Lazaro 23, Padrigao 18, Lopez 14, Jaymalin 12, Espinosa 6, Pangilinan 2, Felix 1, De Ayre 0, Ladimo 0, Rubiato 0, Salvador G. 0, Salvador M. 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-11, 30-33, 54-52, 79-76

SECOND GAME

UST 95 - Lina 25, Cortez 21, Biag 10, Ascotia 8, Villarez 7, Calivozo 6, Escoto 6, Jalbuena 3, Javier 3, Maliwat 3, Bugarin 2, Montemayor 1, Bautista 0, Salazar 0

DLSZ 87 - Baclaan 31, Cudiamat 18, Tupas 11, Omer 7, Quimado 6, Macasaet 5, Unisa 5, Melecio 2, Milan 2, Dalisay 0, Del Mundo 0, Lawrence 0, Luna 0, Reyes 0, Sevilla 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-22, 33-42, 61-64, 95-87

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