Coach Franz gets better of Pumaren Derby rematch with brothers as Adamson returns to winning ways

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Adamson scored a much-important win to bolster its UAAP Final Four bid.

Coach Franz Pumaren, however, got the victory for his squad against his brothers Derrick and Dindo.

The Soaring Falcons rode on a solid third quarter to beat the slumping UE Red Warriors, 79-71, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night.

Adamson dropped 29 points on UE in the third but needed a defensive push late in the fourth to preserve the win.

As the Red Warriors threatened to storm back from 16 points down, drawing to as close as four, the Soaring Falcons held them to only two points in the 3:20 of the game

Papi Sarr tallied 25 points, 20 in the second half, 16 rebounds, one assist, and three blocks for Adamson, which solidified its hold of fourth place with an even 5-5 record, snapping a two-game skid.

Jerrick Ahanmisi bounced back from a scoreless output in his last game by adding 17 points, 12 in the first quarter.

Alvin Pasaol led UE, which further slipped to 2-8, with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, and one block.

Box Scores:

Adamson 79-Sarr 25, Ahanmisi 17, Manalang 9, Manganti 8, Mustre 7, Camacho 4, Espeleta 4, Paranada 3, Bernardo 2, Chua 0, Ng 0, Ochea 0, Pasturan 0

UE 71-Pasaol 16, Varilla 13, Abanto 10, Penuela 8, Armenion 4, Bartolome 4, Manalang 4, Olayon 4, Palma 4, De Leon 2, Gagate 2

Quarterscores: 24-20, 40-40, 69-58, 79-71

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