Adamson University went on a scoring rampage to rout National University (NU), 77-53, that boosted its chance of securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men’s basketball tournament on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Cameroonian Papi Sarr poured in 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the field and collared 15 rebounds, while Jonathan Espeleta scattered 15 points and Frederick Tungcab hit nine points to improve the Falcons’ win-loss record to 8-5.
“Guys coming off the bench are doing their best just like Frederick Tungcab who showed me that he can play because he worked very hard in practice that’s why I gave him the opportunity,” Adamson coach Franz Pumaren told reporters during the post game interview.
It was Adamson’s fourth consecutive win.
“Papi (Sarr) established himself in the first quarter and he helped us a lot. He knew that we need quality games from him. We are now aiming to get a shot of creating a tie at the No. 2 spot by winning over Ateneo next.”
Ateneo is running second with 9-4 win-loss record and followed by Far Eastern University at third with same 8-5 record.
The Bulldogs, who drew 15 points from Jay-Jay Alejandro, ended the season at fifth place with 5-9 win-loss record.
Meanwhile, the troika of guard Philip Manalang, Emil Palma and Edison Batiller combined forces down the stretch to help University of the East (UE) beat University of the Philippines (UP), 80-67, and post a 3-10 win-loss record.
Manalang scattered 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the field to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Palma tallied 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the field and Batiller also added 14 points to lead the Red Warriors.
Although they were no longer capable of making it to the Final Four, the Red Warriors fought valiantly against the Fighting Maroons throughout the game. They are expected to give their 100 percent best against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws on Wednesday.
“We fought out there and played our best. We know we are out but we want to end the season with respect. I’m happy,” UE coach Derrick Pumaren told reporters during the post game interview. “We really played to our full potential. The energy was there.”
Alvin Pasaol contributed 11 points and grabbed six rebounds also for the Red Warriors.
After earning a 20-17 cushion at the end of first quarter, the Red Warriors went on Wilson Bartolome, Manalang, Batiller and Palma who merged for 17 of UE’s 22 second quarter points stretching their advantage to 42-28 at the half.
UP fought back in the last quarter but couldn’t overcome UE’s huge lead.
Jett Manuel and Christian Moralde led UP with 13 points each.
The Fighting Maroons ended the season with a 5-9 win-loss record.