MANILA, Philippines – The Adamson University Soaring Falcons showed off their explosive offense and lockdown defense as they outgunned the San Sebastian College Golden Stags, 64-61, in the 2017 FilOil Flying Preseason Premier Cup on Wednesday.
With the victory, the Soaring Falcons improved to 2-0 and grabbed the solo lead in Group B of the tournament held at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Adamson opened up its campaign with a 61-56 overtime win over Arellano University last Monday.
"For me, it's a good experience for us, two close games," said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. "Towards the end of the game, I allowed them to play, but the problem is that they sometimes tend to let their egos get involved."
"They were taking some bad shots, some hurried shots, and they were getting away from what we were supposed to be doing," he said. "So instead of an easy game, we made it difficult. But we look at the other side of the coin – it's a good test and training for us."
Sophomore RK Ilagan waxed hot in the fourth quarter, draining three triples in the frame. His last from rainbow country made it a 61-54 lead for the Golden Stags with still three minutes remaining.
Unfortunately for San Sebastian, it was the last time they got on the board. Rob Manalang and Sean Manganti hit back to back three-pointers to make it a one-point game, 60-61, with 1:21 left to play.
On the other end, the Soaring Falcons made sure to deny Ilagan, leaving it up to Jason David – a player not known for his shooting touch – to fire a desperation three-pointer that missed. Manalang misfired on a potential go-ahead triple, but San Sebastian committed a turnover on the other end to give Adamson back the ball.
Out of a timeout, the Falcons perfectly executed their play with Jerrick Ahanmisi driving baseline for a lay-up that pushed them ahead for good, 62-61. After Allyn Bulanadi misfired on another triple, Ahanmisi made it a three-point game with two free throws, and Adamson sealed the deal on defense when they intercepted the Golden Stags' inbound pass in the final possession of the game.
Manganti finished with 19 points, making two of his three triples, while Ahanmisi added 13 points. Papi Sarr tallied a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Michael Calisaan led San Sebastian with 15 points, while Ryan Costelo scored 14 before being thrown out with 8:47 left to play in the game.
ADU 64 – Manganti 19, Ahanmisi 13, Manalang 12, Sarr 10, Pingoy 3, Mustre 3, Hill 2, Camacho 1, Ochea 1, Bernado 0, Paranada 0, Zaldivar 0, Vizcarra 0.
SSC-R 61 – Calisaan 15, Costelo 14, Bulanadi 10, Ilagan 9, Calma 4, Valdez 4, David 3, Gayosa 2, Baetiong 0, Are 0, Navarro 0, Sangalang 0, Quipse 0.
Quarter-scores: 20-12, 31-21, 45-38, 64-61.
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