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AdU rallies behind Sarr, Nalos to upset DLSU

Sarr who ended the match with 23 points was a workhorse especially inside the paint as he tried to get as much rebounds and tip-ins as possible against DLSU’s big men. File Photo by Dennis Jerome Acosta/Dugout Philippines
By: Emy Manipol

QUEZON CITY--With the game seemingly slipping away yet again for the Adamson Soaring Falcons, they found heroes in the form of their Cameroonian reinforcement Papi Sarr and veteran Joseph Nalos who fueled the Falcons' endgame run to erase a 16-point lead by the De La Salle Green Archers and escape with a 75-74 victory on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  

The Falcons’ win spoiled Prince Rivero’s career game after the DLSU big man scored 23 points.

DLSU led for the majority of the game and threatened to break the game wide open during the 3rd quarter as Rivero and King Archer Jeron Teng showed their offensive prowess to push the lead 59-48 at the end of the third period.  

Teng also displayed his playmaking skills as he managed to get the ball to his open teammates, racking up 7 assists in total.

With the clock winding down and the game slipping away from the Falcons, Nalos poured on 12 of his 20 points during the payoff quarter to revive his team.

This was also Nalos’ way to redeem himself after his infamous foul to Ateneo’s Vince Tolentino during his previous game with ADU, which led to his suspension during their second round game with NU.

Sarr who ended the match with 23 points was a workhorse especially inside the paint as he tried to get as much rebounds and tip-ins as possible against DLSU’s big men. 

Despite leading for the majority of the match, DLSU had a miserable shooting outing at 34.21% while in contrast, AdU as a squad managed to shoot better at 40.63%

Adu is hoping they can ride on their morale-boosting win as they prepare to clash with league leading FEU Tamarraws, next, who are out to solidify their hold on the number one spot on the standings. 

Box Scores

Adamson 75–Sarr 23, Nalos 20, Garcia J 13, Capote 6, Fernandez 5, Bernardo 2, Garcia C 2, Polican 2, Villanueva 2, Camacho 0, Escalambre 0, Miranda 0, Ochea 0, Tungcab 0

La Salle 74–Rivero 23, Teng 22, Langston 8, Torres 7, Torralba 4, Caracut 3, Muyang 3, Perkins 3, Tratter 1, Go 0, Sargent 0

Quarterscores: 16-19, 34-37, 48-59, 75-74

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