by Waylon Galvez
Today's Games (Smart Araneta Coliseum)
2 pm – FEU vs NU
4 pm. – De La Salle vs Ateneo
The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons returned to the University of Santo Tomas with a convincing 83-69 win to clinch the fourth place in the table and a first place finish in the Final Four in more than two decades in the men's basketball season of the 81st season of UAAP. the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Nigerian rookie Bright Akhuetie finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds, Paul Desidero added points, while Juan Gomez de Liano scored 11 points, while the UP improved to 7-6, half ahead of 6-6 Far Eastern University for fourth and last semi-final point.
"The best thing that victory has done for us is to put us in a position to fight for that space. We need a win on Wednesday, "said UP Technician Bo Perasol, referring to his team's game against De La Salle.
"We have to put that victory behind us. We can not think about it because there is a much more crucial game on Wednesday, "he added.
The UST, with 26 points earned by Marvin Lee, fell to 5 to 8 to formally bid farewell to the semifinals for the third consecutive season, and first under new coach Aldin Ayo.
In the first game, Adamson bolstered his defense when it is more important to reject five-year, 85-72, from the University of the East Red Warriors and win a playoff for second place and a two-fold boost than expected. semifinal round.
With six points, 59-53, three minutes into the third quarter, Adandson, Jeremy Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti were in a 12-0 run when the Falcons took a 65-55 lead in the final frame.
Adamson took control of it as he dictated the rhythm. A three-point play from the Cameroonian center Papi Sarr opened a spread of 11 points for the Falcons, 72-61, with 6:22 to play.
Ahanmisi led Adamson with 23 points, Manganti finished with 19 points while Jerom Lastimosa came off the bench with 10 points, and Sarr added nine points and 25 rebounds.
"Sometimes you start to think the other team would roll," said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. "Thank God we were able to regroup. I had to say sweet things to them (players) during the break. "
"The way we were putting pressure on them, we were able to make stops. We showed the way Adamson plays defense, "added Pumaren when Adamson scored 28 points on the 16 EU turnovers.
Adamson's win improved his record to 10-3, a half game behind the defending champion and league leader Ateneo, 10-2. More importantly for the Falcons, he won the team's at least one playoff for one of two incentives twice to hit the Final Four.
"Well, of course, we still have to look at the remaining schedule. It depends on this weekend as it is crucial, "said Pumaren, referring to his former team De La Salle, who faces Ateneo today with hopes of creating a tie in 10-4 for second place in the playoffs.
A Blue Eagles win, or a Falcons victory against the Tamaraws of the University of the Far East on Nov. 18, will end Green Archers hope in second place and twice in the semifinals.
Alvin Pasaol of the EU made history by scoring 24 points and increasing their average per game to 24.75, the highest in a league site since 2003.
Pasaol's current averages eclipsed 22.2 points per game for former FEU star Terrence Romeo in 2013, and with a game against NU on Sunday, Pasaol has a chance to surpass La Salle Ben Mbala's 24.9 points per game last season.
ADAMSON 85 – Ahanmisi 23, Manganti 19, Lastimosa 10, Sarr 9, Camacho 7, Catapusan 6, Pingoy 5, Espeleta 4, Zaldivar 2, Mojica 0, Magbuhos V. 0, Bernardo 0, Colonia 0.
EU 72 – Pasaol 24, Manalang 19, Cullar 12, Bartolome 8, Gallardo 5, Rod 4, Strait 0, Antiporda 0, Beltran 0, Conner 0, Gagate 0.
Rooms: 21 to 24; 40-40; 65-59; 85-72.
Up to 83 – Akhuetie 25, Desiderio 19, Ju. Gomez de Liaño 11, Jaboneta 9, Murell 6, Manzo 5, Prado 3, Vito 3, Ja. Gomez de Liaño 2, Lim 0, Tungcab 0, Spencer 0, Espanola 0, Gozum 0, Longa 0.
UST 69 – Lee 26, Upload 22, Bataller 7, Mahinay 4, Mark 3, Huang 2, Cansino 2, Caunan 2, Zamora 1, Agustin 0, Bonleon 0.
Rooms: 19 to 22; 42-38; 63-54; 83-69.
Tags: Adamson, Aldin Ayo, Akhuetie Brilliant, UAAP, UAAP season, UAAP Season 81, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East Red Warriors, University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons