Adamson University tightened its hold of the third spot after scoring a commanding 90-77 win over National University in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
The Soaring Falcons picked up their second straight win and improved to 8-4 while the Bulldogs are at solo sixth with a 4-7 record after missing a chance to tie Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines for the fourth spot.
After trailing 72-48 heading into the fourth, the Bulldogs managed to cut the deficit to nine, 79-70, with J-Jay Alejandro capping off a 22-7 run with a three-pointer 2:57 left in the game.
The Falcons, though, kept its composure and answered back to take a 13-point lead, 85-72, after Jerrick Ahanmisi drilled a long two-pointer with 1:52 left.
Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren, though, wasn’t happy with the way his team handled the lead late into the game.
“We’re not that good of a team to relax, we got that lead because we played the way we we’re supposed to do,” said Pumaren.
“When we let our egos get involved, that [blown lead] could happen, we’re just lucky we were up 20-plus points at the start of the fourth.”
Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta led Adamson with 16 points apiece while Papi Sarr had a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double.
Alejandro led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Rev Diputado added 14 points.
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