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UAAP: Adamson back on track after two straight losses with dumping of NU

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 06:23 PM October 17, 2018

Adamson University put its losing skid to bed and dominated National University, 69-58, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

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The Soaring Falcons, who lost two straight against Far Eastern University and De La Salle, joined Ateneo atop the standings with a 6-2 record.

Adamson cruised to a 25-point lead late in the first half after Papi Sarr socred on a layup for a 42-17 buffer and that proved to be enough for the Soaring Falcons to hold on until the buzzer despite the Bulldogs’ advances.

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NU managed to outscore the Falcons 22-12 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to nine, 54-45, entering the fourth but Adamson was immediately able to respond in the final period.

Jerrick Ahanmisi’s elbow jumper capped a 6-0 run to push the Falcons’ lead back to 63-48 lead and restore order.

“Those two games we’re just a minor bump along the way, like a pothole around Metro Manila,” said Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren. “We’re still good, we just have to play consistent basketball.”

Ahanmisi put up a team-high 21 points for the Falcons while Papi Sarr had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Dave Ildefonso carried NU’s offense with 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.

With another loss, the Bulldogs stayed at the seventh seed with a 2-6 record.

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