ADAMSON outlasted La Salle-Zobel in overtime, 89-81, to keep its semifinals hopes alive in the UAAP junior basketball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Junior Archers sent the game in overtime as John Quimado scored on a lay-up.
The Baby Falcons had the chance to avoid the extension and win it in regulation had it not for a crucial error after that Quimado basket.
John Erolon converted a drive to give Adamson an 83-77 advantage, with 1:43 remaining.
The Baby Falcons’ first win in second round after three consecutive losses gave them a 5-6 slate overall, still one game out of the No. 4 slot with three matches remaining in the eliminations.
Jake Figueroa, the first round season MVP stats leader, was solid for Adamson with 13 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
Far Eastern University-Diliman secured the remaining twice-to-beat bonus in the semifinals with 115-66 rout of UP Integrated School.
The Baby Tamaraws have now won 10 consecutive games after dropping their season opener, as coach Allan Albano was delighted with what they accomplished so far.
“Thankful ako especially sa doon players ko. Binibigay ko credit sa kanila kasi sila naman nagtatrabaho ng mabuti sa practice. Yun ang gusto namin - makakuha yung twice-to-beat,” said Albano.
Chiolo Anonuevo, a nephew of FEU men’s basketball team consultant Nash Racela, provided the leadership for the Baby Tamaraws.
A graduating forward who was born in Ireland, Anonuevo earned the game’s best player honors with six points, including a crowd-pleasing tomahawk dunk in the second period, 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
“Very hard-working yung batang iyon. Kung ano yung kakulangan niya, ine-extra work niya talaga,” said Albano of Anonuevo.
Penny Estacio took the scoring mantle for FEU with 25 points to go with five assists and three boards while Aeron Bagunu chipped in 16 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Earlier, big boy Carl Tamayo had 17 points and eight rebounds as defending champion Nazareth School of National University improved to 11-0, moving three wins away from an outright Finals berth with a 124-60 dismantling of University of the East.
Grade 9 student LeBron Lopez came through with 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks as Ateneo moved in a tie with University of Santo Tomas in third spot at 6-5 with a 79-74 win.
Meanwhile, the UAAP has recently made a major scheduling change in the women’s and men’s volleyball tournament for Season 82 which will start on Feb. 15.
Unlike in the previous years where the men’s matches were played in the morning and the women’s games contested in the afternoon, the day will feature an alternating men’s-women’s schedule.
Under the new schedule, there will be a men’s afternoon game at 1 p.m. to go along with the 9 a.m. curtain-raiser.
For the women’s division, there will still be a 4 p.m. game, with the first game set at 11 a.m.
According to Season 82 president Em Fernandez of host Ateneo, the UAAP acknowledges that it is about time that the men’s tournament gets the same billing as the women’s competition.