UAAP 82: UST survives Adamson, as chase for playoff berths heats up


Posted at Oct 26 2019 06:41 PM | Updated as of Oct 26 2019 08:28 PM

ANTIPOLO—University of Santo Tomas made sure there was no room for Adamson to have a furious fightback in their second-round meeting in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball to take a well-earned 80-74 win at Ynares Center here on Saturday.

With that, the Growling Tigers took care of business and assured themselves of at least a playoff for a place in the next round.

Ending the elimination round at 8-6, UST put pressure on University of the Philippines (8-4), Far Eastern University (7-6), and La Salle (6-6) to match or improve on the Tigers’ record, as only three of them could advance.

To do that, UST needed to prove it has moved on from a heartbreaking loss the last time it faced Adamson, falling victim to a 16-0 comeback as the Soaring Falcons stole the win.

Déjà vu seemed to be in the offing this time, as the Tigers lost a 67-55 lead early in the fourth quarter by allowing Adamson to score 12 unanswered points to tie the game at 67-all inside the last five minutes.

From there, however, Mark Nonoy, Sherwin Concepcion, and Renzo Subido hit a 3-pointer each for a 9-2 run and a 76-69 edge with 1:36 left.

Jerrrick Ahanmisi kept Adamson coming as his 3-pointer pulled the Falcons within 77-74 with 11 seconds to go only to see Subido shut the door on them once and for all by making good on three of his four free throws.

Nonoy tallied 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists while Subido added 12, two, and seven.

Soulenmane Chabi Yo then posted 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Rhenz Abando contributed 13 markers and six boards.

UST will now await the results of the games of the Fighting Maroons (vs La Salle, vs Ateneo de Manila University), the Tamaraws (vs University of the East), and the Green Archers (vs UP, vs Adamson) to determine who it will match up with next.

On the other hand, the 4-9 Soaring Falcons get another golden opportunity to play spoiler as they try to extinguish La Salle's playoff hopes. 

Pacing them against UST was rookie Joem Sabandal who had a career-high 18 points.

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