‘Kuya’ wins in mirror match

Alvin Pasaol lets out a scream after his valiant effort in the game against the Adamson Falcons.
By JP Abcede

PASAY--The University of the East Red Warriors clinched their first win in UAAP men’s basketball this season as Derrick Pumaren prevailed over young brother Franz’s Adamson University, 64-57, Sunday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Trailing by as many as 13 in the early part of the second half, the Warriors went on a rampage with a 16-4 run bridging the two final periods to take the lead, 47-45, Alvin Pasaol and Wilson Bartolome leading the way.

Adamson’s shooting soured while UE was on full throttle, claiming a nine-point advantage after RR de Leon converted his freethrows, 57-48, 4:22 remaining in the game.

The Soaring Falcons’ final run ended up short lived as the closest they got was four, 53-57, from a Jerrick Ahanmisi three-pointer, two and a half minutes to go.

Pasaol topped the Recto-based squad with 13 points, making six of his seven attempts from inside the arc. He also had seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.

de Leon put up 12 markers as 11 of the 12 players fielded in by the elder Pumaren converted at least one field goal.

East more than doubled its output (43 pts), shot better (40%), and had four times more assists in the second half compared to the first half.

Papi Sarr had a statline of 13 points, 25 boards, four feeds, and two steals to head the San Marcelino-based squad. Ahanmisi chalked up ten in a bad shooting display (4/12 fg, 1/7 3pt).

A reliable three-point shooting team, Adamson only made 15% (4/26) in this contest.

UE finishes the first round of competition with a 1-6 record, while AdU falls to 3-3. The Falcons end the first round against season host University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.


UE 64 – Pasaol 13, de Leon 12, Batiller 9, Manalang 7, Bartolome 5, Olayon 5, Varilla 5, Charcos 2, Derige 2, Palma 2, Penuela 2, Abanto 0.

AdU 57 – Sarr 13, Ahanmisi 10, Manganti 8, Espeleta 6, Manalang 5, Ochea 5, Tungcab 5, Bernardo 3, Camacho 2, Mustre 0, Ng 0, Pasturan.

Quarters: 7-14, 21-30, 40-45, 64-57.