MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Adamson University led wire-to-wire en route to a 79-60 demolition of University of the East (UE) for its second straight win of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament on Sunday at the Big Dome.
It was a comprehensive victory for the Falcons, who now have a 3-2 win-loss record to earn a share of fourth place along with University of the Philippines. Adamson has now won back-to-back games, following an 83-76 conquest of National University last week.
Meanwhile, the Red Warriors remain winless at 0-5, with a game against defending champion De La Salle University looming on Wednesday.
"This is the first time in the season that we're above .500," said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, who is hopeful that the win will boost them ahead of a "brutal week."
"We'll be playing three games, against tough teams. Hopefully, this can help us in our coming games, especially the game against UP," he added. "The last two games will be crucial on our part to end (the first round) above .500."
Papi Sarr pounced on the smaller UE frontline to tally 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Sean Manganti added 10 points and eight boards. Rob Manalang, meanwhile, had 8 points and 6 assists.
The Falcons opened the game with an 11-0 run, getting contributions from Manalang and Jonathan Espeleta. The Red Warriors did not get on the board until the 5:55 mark, courtesy of Arvin Pasaol's triple.
UE was able to stay within striking distance, 41-31, at the half, but the Soaring Falcons simply had too much in their arsenal and broke the game wide open in the third frame. A 10-0 run in the period turned what had been a slim 45-38 lead into a 55-38 advantage, and Adamson simply cruised from that point on.
The Falcons shot 44.12% from the field and had a 50-36 rebounding advantage over the smaller Red Warriors. They also played unselfish basketball, with 22 assists on 30 field goals.
Mark Olayon led UE with 16 points, while Pasaol finished with 15 points on 5-of-19 shooting. No other Red Warrior came close to double-digits, as UE shot only 31.75% from the field.
ADAMSON 79 – Sarr 15, Manganti 10, Ahanmisi 8, Manalang 8, Lojera 8, Espeleta 7, Ochea 7, Bernardo 6, Pingoy 4, Mustre 3, Hill 3, Camacho 0, Zaldivar 0, Chua 0, Paranada 0
UE 60 – Olayon 16, Pasaol 15, Bartolome 6, Maloles 6, Varilla 5, Manalang 4, Cullar 2, Acuno 2, Derige 2, Abanto 2, Conner 0, Armenion 0
Quarter scores: 23-11, 41-31, 61-46, 79-60
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