Falcons, Maroons halt skids

October 12, 2019

ADAMSON needed a huge fourth quarter to wallop National University, 70-53, and end a four-game slide yesterday in the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Rookie AP Manlapaz scattered 10 of his 14 points in the payoff period as the Falcons broke away from a slim 48-47 advantage to chalk up their fourth win in 10 games.

Later, Kobe Paras produced the game's biggest plays as University of the Philippines also ended a losing streak with a 78-75 victory over University of the East.

With the Red Warriors threatening at 67-69, Paras nailed a huge three-pointer and assisted Javi Gomez de Liaño's lay-up to give the Fighting Maroons a 74-67 advantage, with 1:51 left.

Bouncing back from back-to-back losses, UP improved to 6-3, a game ahead of third-running University of Santo Tomas (5-4) in the race for the No. 2 ranking in the semifinals.

Reigning MVP Bright Akhuetie had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Jun Manzo came through with 17 points, five assists and three boards while Paras chipped in 14 points, six boards and three assists for the Maroons, who are now 1-1 without suspended coach Bo Perasol.

Now just one game out of the last Final Four spot, the victory was what Adamson sorely needed heading into its showdown with UP next week in Antipolo City.

"We really needed this win," said Falcons coach Franz Pumaren. "Every game for us right now is important."

The game was tight in the first three quarters as no team led by more than four points.

But Adamson stepped up the gas pedal in the final 10 minutes of play, with Manlapaz's back-to-back lay-up kickstarting the team's 24-point fourth quarter.

First Game

AdU (72) -- Ahanmisi 15, Manlapaz 14, Camacho 13, Douanga 11, Lastimosa 10, Chauca 3, Yerro 3, Sabandal 2, Fermin 1, Bernardo 0, Magbuhos 0, Mojica 0.

NU (53) -- D. Ildefonso 15, Gaye 14, Clemente 10, Gallego 7, S. Ildefonso 2, Minerva 2, Rangel 2, Oczon 1, Diputado 0, Galinato 0, Joson 0, Malonzo 0, Mosqueda 0, Yu 0.

Quarterscores: 8-12, 32-34, 48-47, 72-53

Second Game

UP (78) -- Akhuetie 18, Manzo 17, Paras 14, Ja. Gomez de Liaño 10, Rivero 10, Ju. Gomez de Liaño 4, Mantilla 3, Tungcab 2, Gob 0, Prado 0, Webb 0.

UE (75) -- Diakhite 28, Suerte 17, Manalang 10, Cruz 7, Conner 6, Antiporda 3, Pagsanjan 2, Tolentino 2, Abanto 0, Apacible 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarterscores: 27-10, 46-41, 65-50, 78-75