Adamson secures a Final Four slot, La Salle strengthens grip of third

AdU Soaring Falcons 96 – UST Growling Tigers 83

After they failed to secure an outright Final Four slot in their last game, the Adamson Soaring Falcons made sure to bounce back and secure one in this game. They took down the aspiring UST Growling Tigers to secure their slot in the Final Four. The Falcons relied on an explosive start to the second half to pull away from UST for good.

Marvin Lee and CJ Cansino led the Tigers in the first half with their hot shooting. The two combined for 20 of the team’s 40-point output to pace the Falcons. But the Falcons finally found their range in the second half. Adamson jumped out to a 15-0 run to take a 14-point lead midway through the third period.

The Falcons pressing defense turned on in the third period. They forced the Tigers to bad misses and turnovers which they turned into buckets on the other end. The back court duo of Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jerom Lastimosa turned on the jets as they zoomed to eight points each in the third period. Simon Camacho’s toughness inside produced five points.

From there, all Adamson had to do was keep the Tigers at bay. They weathered a charge from Renzo Subido, Lee and Cansino in the final period. Sean Manganti and Papi Sarr took over the scoring load in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Five players finished in double figures for Adamson with Sean Manganti leading the way. The lanky forward had 22 points and seven rebounds. Camacho added 15. Ahanmisi scored 13 with three treys.

DLSU Green Archers 84 – NU Bulldogs 77

The La Salle Green Archers secured at least a playoff for a Final Four berth with their eighth win of the season. In the process they eliminated the young NU Bulldogs from Final Four contention.

It took a balanced effort from the Green Archers with five players scoring in double digits. Santi Santillan led the team wit 18 points while front court partner Justine Baltazar had 11 points and 11 rebounds. The back court tandem of Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut combined for 26 points and five assists.

The Bulldogs, playing for their lives were the ones that jumped out to the lead in the first half. Behind the explosive scoring of John Lloyd Clemente, NU took a six-point lead heading into half time. Clemente erupted for 17 points in the first half, 14 coming in the second quarter alone.

But the Green Archers found their defensive bearings in the second half. They shut down Clemente and limited him to just two points in the final two quarters. Offensively, they leaned on Santillan to get back in the game. The efficient forward put up 10 of his total output in the third period. He was joined by Caracut who scored eight in the same stretch. The two pushed La Salle back to the lead.

La Salle pulled away in the final quarter as they increased a one-point lead to nine points with a minute left in the game. Melecio and Baltazar carried the scoring load while Caracut helped out with his playmaking.