The Adamson University (AdU) Baby Falcons beat defending champions National University (NU) Bullpups, 80-67, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) juniors’ basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City on Saturday.
Off to a hot start, the Baby Falcons limited the Bullpups to only three baskets, while shooting 11 baskets out of their 17 attempts in the first quarter, 28-8.
The Bullpups completed a 6-0 run with Daniel Atienza draining a jumper and John Lloyd Clemente scoring inside the paint area with a layup to keep Adamson at bay with 1:31 minutes remaining in the first half, 34-27.
In the third period, NU’s Winderlich Coyoca sank a three-pointer from the corner in the 7:53 minute mark, 40-37. Rhayyan Amsali drove to the basket to cut the Baby Falcons’ lead to one, 40-39.
Tying the ball game at 50-all, Atienza sank a long two jumper with three minutes remaining in the frame. But Adamson broke away from the deadlock with Jason Celis banking on his free throws as Karl Peñano drew the fifth team foul for NU, 52-50.
Adamson’s Carl Vincent Tamayo drained a mid-range jumper with 4:03 minutes remaining in the match, 65-59. Celis then sank both his free throws with Peñano drawing his fifth personal foul, 69-61.
Clemente hit a three-pointer in the 1:49 minute mark, 74-64. But Jose Frederic Antiporda answered back with another trey for Adamson, 77-64.
Baby Falcon Gerry Austin Abadiano closed the match after sinking both his baskets from the line off Paul Manalang’s foul, 80-67.
“We started strong earlier. Although coming out of the second quarter, our intensity slightly went down and that led to trimming our lead. What’s good is that they rebooted in the third quarter and they played really well,” said Adamson head coach Goldwin Monteverde.
Florencio Serrano top scored Adamson with a double-double outing of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Abadiano and Celis combined for 25 markers.
Coyoca and Clemente led NU with 16 points apiece, while Amsali added 12 more markers.
With the victory, the Adamson Baby Falcons currently hold an unblemished 3-0 record at the top spot, while the NU Bullpups are No.2 with a 2-1 card.