FILE – Adamson guard Jerrick Ahanmisi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

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.

For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here