UAAP: Manganti's putback lifts Adamson past UP for third straight victory

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4) — The Adamson Soaring Falcons continued their hot streak after defeating the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 73-71, Wednesday afternoon at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Jerrick Ahanmisi showed the way for the Soaring Falcons with a season-high 21 points, two rebounds, and two steals.

The Fighting Maroons capitalized on Adamson's turnovers by converting them on their end to establish a 17-3 edge in the opening quarter.

Jerrick Ahanmisi erupted in the second period to carry the Soaring Falcons, but UP still came with the one-point advantage going into the halftime break.

Jerie Pingoy scored six straight points to give the Adamson its first taste of the lead in the dying seconds of the third period.

Jun Manzo ended UP's dry spell at the most crucial time as he beat the shot clock with a jump shot.

Rob Manalang then responded with a cold-blooded triple to give the lead back to the Soaring Falcons, 71-69.

Once again proving that he is clutch, UP guard Paul Desiderio tied the match with a drive to the basket with 22 seconds left to play.

But no shot was bigger than Sean Manganti's putback as he lifted Adamson to its third consecutive win in the tournament.

Pingoy was the other Soaring Falcon in double digits with 10 markers.

Desiderio and Manzo had 19 markers apiece for UP who suffered its second straight setback to settle with a 3-3 win-loss slate.

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Adamson and UP conclude their first round campaign against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws on October 7 and National University Bulldogs on October 8, respectively.


The scores:

Adamson (73) - Ahanmisi 21, Pingoy 10, Manalang 8, Manganti 8, Sarr 6, Lojera 5, Ochea 5, Hill 4, Espeleta 4, Bernardo 2, Mustre 0, Zaldivar 0.

UP (71) - Desiderio 19, Manzo 19, Ja. Gomez de Liano 8, Ouattara 8, Lao 4, Dario 3, Ju. Gomez de Liano 3, Prado 3, Lim 2, Battad 2, Vito 0.

Quarterscores: 16-25, 44-43, 57-54, 73-71.

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