MANILA (UPDATED) — Adamson University has another chance to extend its UAAP Season 86 Men’s Basketball Campaign, all thanks to Matt Montebon’s game-winner.
The Soaring Falcons defeated University of the East, 63-61, Sunday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Adamson hero Monty Montebon fired 16 points which included the season-saving trey, as well as seven rebounds and six assists. Big man Ced Manzano also contributed 16 markers, while also contributing 10 boards, four steals, and two assists.
Down by a point following a triple by Jack Cruz-Dumont with only 11 seconds remaining, Montebon hit a booming triple in the following play to allow Adamson overtake UE, 63-61.
Cruz-Dumont still had three seconds to try to tie or steal the game, but his shot only hit the top of the backboard, allowing the San Marcelino-based squad to improve to 7-7, tied with Ateneo de Manila University for no.4 in the standings.
“I was just in the zone during that play. When I got it, I didn’t know who was behind me. So I just did a step-back corner [three]. I thought I missed because I just threw it up and fell down but luckily it went in,” shared Montebon about his triple.
Noy Remogat almost tallied a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, while Precious Momowei finished with 15 markers alongside 11 boards.
Cruz-Dumont contributed 13 for UE who finished with four wins in 14 contests this year.
Adamson will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles in a game that will decide who will enter the Final Four.
Adamson 63 -– Montebon 16, Manzano 16, Magbuhos 10, Yerro 8, Hanapi 5, Ojarikre 3, Erolon 3, Barcelona 2, Colonia 0, Ramos 0, Barasi 0, Anabo 0
UE 61 -– Remogat 16, Momowei 15, Cruz-Dumont 13, Galang 5, Lingolingo 3, Tulabut 3, Gilbuena 3, Maglupay 2, Sawat 1, Langit 0, Alcantara 0, Spandonis 0
Quarterscores: 16-16, 37-29, 45-47, 63-61