By Sherlyn Paleg
QUEZON CITY - The Adamson Soaring Falcons took the second spot in the UAAP Final Four seat after beating the UST Growling Tigers with a 96-83 victory.
It was very close in the first half. Both teams were scoring at a rapid march, but UST ended it with a one-point lead, 40-39 after Renzo Subido dashed back-to-back triples.
Adamson soared high in the third quarter, dropping a 15-0 run to lead, 54-40.
Adding to the woes, CJ Cansino fell awkwardly and suffered a left ankle injury at the 4:16 mark of the final frame. He still made a return to play, but the result was already settled by then.
Sean Manganti dropped 22 points on top of 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the Falcons, while Simon Camacho made 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Subido and Marvin Lee contributed 21 and 18 points to help the Tigers.
UST fell to 6th place with a 5-7 record and they will face another Final Four contender, UP, on Saturday, 4 p.m., while Adamson will next face UE also on Saturday, 2 p.m., at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
ADU 96 - Manganti 22, Camacho 15, Ahanmisi 13, Sarr 11, Lastimosa 10, Pingoy 9, Mojica 8, V. Magbuhos 4, Bernardo 2, Catapusan 2, Espeleta 0, Zaldivar 0
UST 83 - Subido 21, Lee 18, Cansino 17, Huang 8, Mahinay 8, Zamora 7, Bataller 2, Caunan 2, Marcos 0
Quarterscores: 21-20, 39-40, 70-58,96-83
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