UAAP 82: Estacio propels Baby Tamaraws to first Finals in three years

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 28, 2020 05:13 PM
Estacio propels Baby Tams to first Finals in three years
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The top two teams for all of the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament will go at it for all the glory.

Far Eastern University-Diliman made it so after dispatching Adamson High School, 78-65, in the resumption of action, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Penny Estacio was in the driver's seat all game long to total 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists to drive the Baby Tamaraws back into the Finals for the first time since their championship season in 2017. "Siyempre, masaya kaming nakabalik kami sa Finals despite 11 players ang nag-graduate sa amin last year," a beaming head coach Allan Albano said.

Mark Padrones provided a big boost off the bench with 14 points and four rebounds while Cholo Anonuevo was all over the place as always for nine markers and 14 boards.

Jorick Bautista scored 11 points of his own, but they key to the win was a defense that suffocated the Baby Falcons' 1-2 punch of Jake Figueroa and John Erolon as the former finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and four turnovers and the latter ended with seven markers and three errors.

Those two only had one field goal apiece which, in turn, led to all of Adamson only shooting 30 percent. "Nagawa namin yung game plan naming i-stop si Figueroa at Erolon. Masaya akong ginawa ng mga bata yung homework nila," coach Allan said.

FEU-Diliman will challenge undefeated defending champion Nazareth School of National University in the best-of-three Finals tipping off on March 6.

The Bullpups got the better of the Baby Tamaraws both times in the elimination round.

Even the playoff exit, the third-place finish is still Adamson's best showing in the Mike Fermin era. Joshua Barcelona paced them in this one with a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double.


FEU-DILIMAN 78 - Estacio 18, Padrones 14, Bautista 11, Anonuevo 9, Pasaol 8, Bagunu 6, Sleat 6, Saldua 5, Libago 1, Remogat 0.

ADAMSON 65 - Barcelona 12, Figueroa 11, Quinal 10, Abdulla 8, Erolon 7, Guarino 5, Cosal 4, Dominguez 4, Hanapi 4.

QUARTER SCORES: 24-17, 43-31, 62-51, 78-65.


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