Adamson takes down Ateneo to take next step in UAAP 82 stepladder

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 12, 2020 05:02 PM
Adamson takes down Ateneo to take next step in stepladder
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)

Adamson High School is onto the next rung of the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball stepladder playoffs after turning the lights off of Ateneo de Manila High School, 84-75, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The inside-outside combo of Season MVP Jake Figueroa and John Erolon worked wonders for the Baby Falcons who scored their second straight win against the Blue Eaglets to stay alive and stake claim to the seat opposite twice-to-beat Far Eastern University-Diliman.

It definitely didn’t come easy, however, as the San Marcelino-based squad actually fell victim to a blazing 20-6 beginning by their opponents.

Figueroa and Erolon kept coming, though, and Adamson slowly but surely clawed its way back into the contest.

Only down three heading into the final frame, it was then Joshua Barcelona’s turn to come up big as he joined forces with their main men in a 20-2 tear that put them on top, 75-60.

Ateneo didn’t quit just yet, but only came as nine in the last five minutes.

In the end, Figueroa posted a powerful 15-point, 22-rebound double-double to go along with four blocks, four assists, and two steals while John Erolon also added 16 markers, five boards, and five dimes.

With that, the Baby Falcons move on to a taller task of challenging the second-seeded Baby Tamaraws.

The schedule of that showdown is yet to be determined.

For the Blue Eaglets, Forthsky Padrigao showed the way with 22 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and four steals while Joaquin Jaymalin chimed in 20 markers.

Lebron Lopez and Josh Lazaro also had a fine finish to their first years with the former finishing with 13 points, seven blocks, and four rebounds and the latter ending with 12 markers, 10 boards, six rejections, and three assists.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 84 - Erolon 16, Figueroa 15, Dominguez 13, Quinal 13, Guarino 11, Barcelona 10, Cosal 6, Hanapi 0.

ATENEO 75 - Padrigao 22, Jaymalin 20, Lopez 13, Lazaro 12, Espinosa 4, Ladimo 2, G. Salvador 2, Corral 0, De Ayre 0, Nieto 0, Pangilinan 0, M. Salvador 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 8-22, 29-31, 57-58, 84-75.

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