Adamson beats defending champion NU to clinch Final Four in UAAP juniors
MANILA, Philippines—Adamson edged defending champion Nazareth School of National University, 72-64, to formally clinch a Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 85 boys’ basketball tournament at San Juan Arena on Wednesday.
Peter Rosillo tallied 22 points and five rebounds to lead the Junior Falcons to a 9-1 record and a sure spot in the playoffs. Vince Reyes carried the load in the point for Adamson, finishing with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Reinhard Jumamoy’s 25-point outburst was not enough to will the Bullpups to the victory as they fell to an 8-2 record, to tie with Far Eastern University at the second seed.
The Tamaraws, on the other hand, trashed University of Santo Tomas, 98-75.
The tandem of Kirby Mongcopa (28) and Luke Felipe (23) combined for 51 markers to deal the Tiger Cubs their sixth loss in ten outings.
JP Pangilinan scored 29 to go along with eight boards and five steals in a losing effort for UST. His scoring output was banked on five made buckets from beyond the arc.
University of the East scraped by La Salle, 82-77, behind Vhon Roldan’s heroics.
Rholdan finished just a board shy of a double-double, ending with 27 markers and nine rebounds. John Bagro, however, successfully notched a double-double of his own with 14 points and 10 boards for the Red Warriors (2-8).
Rhyle Melencio’s monster outing of 26 points and 20 rebounds was not enough to give the Junior Archers the victory while Kieffer Alas tallied 22 to his name as the Junior Archers dropped to 4-6 for the season.
Ateneo likeway outlasted University of the Philippines-Integrated School, 88-82, in a highly-touted paint showdown between Kobe Demisana and Kristian Porter.
Porter, a 6-foot-5 bruiser, finished with an outstanding performance of 25 markers and 24 boards with nine of them as offensive rebounds.
Kobe Demisana, however, gave the Blue Eagles a run for their money with a double-double of his own with 28 points and 19 rebounds.
Ateneo’s win put them in a three-way-tie for the fourth seed with a 4-6 record while UPIS remained at the bottom of the pack with a 1-9 card.