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Cedrick Manzano scores game-winning play as shorthanded Adamson rallies from 19 down to edge UST

Cedrick Manzano won it for the depleted Soaring Falcons. Christine Tapawan
By Dugout Philippines

QUEZON CITY—Cedrick Manzano buried the go-ahead and one as undermanned Adamson University came from behind to down the University of Santo Tomas, 56-55, in the UAAP Season 85 men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Saturday.

Manzano caught the inbound pass from Joaquin Jaymalin as he scooped in the layup as he was fouled by Migs Pangilinan. He drained the bonus with 7.1 seconds left.

Jamba Garing then missed the possible game-winner on the other end.

"Ang tawag doon para-paraan. Wala na kaming mapuntahan eh. UST played with a lot of confidence today I had to give them credit," said Adamson coach Nash Racela.

The Soaring Falcons were down by 19, 28-47, after Garing triple midway through the third quarter.

But they closed the match on a 28-8 blast to snatch the win and improve to 4-5, tied with Far Eastern University at fourth.

Manzano finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Lenda Douanga had nine points and 12 rebounds.

"Nilagay namin sa white board nung halftime you miss 100-percent of the shots you don't take. Good thing may hindi natatakot kanina. Binuhat kami ni Cedrick," added Racela.

Jerom Lastimosa did not play due to a dislocated big toe on his right foot, while Vince Magbuhos did not suit up as well as he has an injured right knee.

The Growling Tigers, who absorbed their eighth-straight loss at 1-8, were led by Nic CabaƱero's 22 points but he was held scoreless in the payoff period.

Up next for Adamson after the FIBA break will be De La Salle University on Nov. 17. On the same day, UST battles Ateneo de Manila University.

The Scores:

Adamson 56 -- Manzano 19, Douanga 9, Torres 8, Jaymalin 6, Sabandal 4, Colonia 4, Barasi 4, Yerro 2, Hanapi 0, Flowers 0, Fuentebella 0, W. Magbuhos 0.

UST 55 -- Cabanero 22, Pangilinan 9, Manaytay 6, Manalang 5, Garing 5, Faye 3, Calimag 3, Duremdes 2, Lazarte 0, Gesalem 0, Mantua 0, Herrera 0, Escobido 0.

Quarterscores: 11-17, 19-31, 40-50, 56-55.

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