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Falcons finish UAAP first round on high, torch Tigers

Cameroonian behemoth Papi Sarr issued a double-double performance in  AdU's win over UST 

By Ricky Manliguis

PASAY CITY-- Adamson banked on a torrid third quarter performance as it breezed past University of Santo Tomas, 79-52, to end its first round campaign on a winning note in the UAAP Season  LXXIX men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Falcons blasted the Tigers on a 26-6 spurt in the third to turn a slim 33-29 halftime lead to a whopping 24-point bubble, 59-35, capped off by a Sean Manganti long-distance heave.

They never relinquished the lead thereafter en route to the lopsided victory, the team’s fourth in seven matches. The win also snapped a two-game slide for the boys of Coach Franz Pumaren.

Papi Sarr muscled his way to come away with 16 points on top of 25 rebounds and four blocks, but it was Nicolas Panarada who shone the brightest, as he tallied 14 points along with three assists and four steals on 6-of-13 field goal shooting. Prior to this match, the seldom-used rookie averaged just a point and an assist in three games off the bench.

Jerrick Ahanmisi and Robbie Manalang also scored in double figures for AdU with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Adamson waxed hot from the three-point territory as it shot 9-of-21 from down town for a 43 percent clip, as compared to UST’s miserable 13 percent (3-of-22). It also had a 21-6 advantage in points off turnovers.

Kent Lao led UST, now on its fourth loss in a row for a 2-5 win-loss card, with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Dean Lee had 10 markers to go with his four boards. Team captain Louie Vigil struggled offensively with eight points on a horrible 3-of-16 shooting from the floor.

The Scores:
Adamson 79 – Sarr 16, Paranada 14, Ahanmisi 11, Manalang 10, Espeleta 9, Manganti 7, Ochea 6, Pasturan 4, Bernardo 2, Camacho 0, Mustre 0, Chua 0, Ng 0, Bernardo 0
UST 52 – Lao 13, Lee 10, Vigil 8, Sheriff 6, Basibas 4, Faundo 3, Afoakwah 2, Subido 2, Huang 2, Caunan 2, De Guzman 0, Macasaet 0, Tateishi 0

Quarterscores: 22-19, 33-29, 59-37, 79-52

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