Baby Tams deal Adamson first loss in UAAP junior’s basketball

By Ricky Manliguis
SAN JUAN--After seven brilliant games, Adamson finally got its match.
With Jeffrey Sapinit and no-nonsense defense in full display, the Baby Tamaraws scored a stunning 75-73 victory over the erstwhile undefeated Baby Falcons in the second game of UAAP LXXIX junior’s basketball second round at the FilOil-Flying V Centre Jan.14.
The Diliman-based team nearly squandered an 11-point advantage, yet retained its composure, while limiting the Baby Falcons to just 18-for-55 field-goal shooting (32.7%) to improve its record to a 6-2 win-loss card.
Averaging just 7.5 points in the first round and nursing an ankle injury, Sapinit exploded for 24 markers, including 14 in the first half. He then added eight more in the final period, punctuated by a lay-up for a 67-66 cushion.
Xyrus Torres, Royce Alforque, and Louell Gonzeles then took turns in extinguishing a late AdU rally at crunchtime.    
Eric Jabel scored all his 11 points in the second quarter while adding five rebounds and three assists. Kenji Roman was the third leading scorer with nine points and 11 boards for FEU.
The loss was the first for Adamson after sweeping the first round, tying the NU Bullpups, which earlier defeated Ateneo, 78-71, in the first game.
 MVP frontrunner Encho Serrano topscored with 24 points and six rebounds, even as Jason Celis had 22 along with five caroms.
The scores:
FEU  75—Sapinit 24, Jabel 11, Roman 9, Alforque 7, Torres 6, Gloria 6, Gonzales 5, Celzo 5, Abarrientos 2, Gabane 0, Bieren 0, Baclay 0.
AdU 73—Serrano 24, Celis 22, Agbong 7, Abadiano 5, Santos 5, Tamayo 3, Antiporda 2, Padrigao 2, Sabandal 2, Flores 1, Beltran 0, Desoyo 0.
Quarterscores: 19-20, 47-38, 59-59, 75-73.

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