By Sherlyn Paleg
QUEZON CITY -- The Adamson Soaring Falcons held off fierce UST Growling Tigers to maintain their spotless record 3-0 in the final frame 79-71 victory.
"One thing I can say is that my bench players are capable of stepping up," said ADU coach Franz Pumaren about the victory.
Adamson's mainstays Jerrick Ahamnisi, Vince Magbuhos and Jonathan Espeleta scored 20, 15 and 12 points respectively.
Meanwhile, UST made a tough battle as CJ Cansino drop 18 points, Marvin Lee 16 points and Renzo Subido and Steve Akomo combined with 16 points.
In the beginning of 3rd quarter, Lee and Cansino boost the moral of their team as they scored back to back 3 points and another 2 points to tie the game at 45. As they tie again at 53, the Adamson Falcons made a quick work in the defense of UST Tigers leave them 74-69 deficit.
"I think this is one game that we can say that we played as a team," added Pumaren. "I've been stressing that there won't be an easy game for us after defeating the defending champs."
UST drops with 1-2 record and will battling defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles on September 29 at Filoil while Adamson continues to improve their record as they will face UP Fighting Maroons on wednesday, September 26 also at Filoil.
AdU 79 - Ahanmisi 20, Vince Magbuhos 15, Espeleta 12, Camacho 9, Bernardo 7, Lastimosa 6, Pingoy 4, Sarr 4, Catapusan 2, Colonia 0, Manganti 0, Mojica 0
UST 71 - Cansino 18, Lee 16, Akomo 8, Subido 8, Consejo 6, Huang 4, Marcos 4, Zamora 3, Lagumen 2, Mahinay 2, Caunan 0
Quarterscores: 20-13; 38-31; 58-54; 79-71
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