Adamson Soaring Falcons def. UE Red Warriors 85-72

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Jerrick Ahanmisi, Adamson (23 points, 4/6 3FG)

One of the most efficient players in the UAAP continues to live up to his billing. Whenever Adamson needed a basket, he was there.

Papi Sarr, Adamson (9 points, 24 rebounds)

While the days of having Papi as a primary offensive option are long gone, his mere presence down low has been huge for this Adamson squad. He obliterated the UE frontline, nevermind that there were normally three Red Warriors he had to contend with.

Alvin Pasaol, UE (24 points, 10 rebounds)

Broken scoring record and all (highest average by a local since Imperium started recording stats in 2003), we still send out hugs for you Alvin. The stress won’t end for him, as after the season, he has to decide whether or not he will declare for the PBA Draft. Buckle up.

QUICK ANALYSIS

  • Adamson looked completely out of sorts to start the game, falling behind 20-3 at one point in the first quarter. While they managed to come back and settle down, that shouldn’t be pleasing for any Adamson fan to hear. You’d rather be holding on to a lead, rather than have to rally from one.
  • For all of their struggles, credit to UE; they’ve been consistently running their system instead of playing Alvin Pasaol ball. In the long run, that plays well for both sides. UE learns to think better as a group instead of relying on one player. Alvin learns to find ways to score, and to contribute in other ways.
  • In relation to that, Alvin might not even be with the Red Warriors next season, with the option to apply for the PBA Draft right there in front of him. That’s tough news to swallow as a Red Warriors fan, but it may be for the better. It should be viewed in the lens of a long-term thinker, one willing to subject oneself to a process.
  • Adamson has the second seed locked up, the first time they’ve had a twice to beat advantage since Season 74. Now to take care of that and not have a repeat of the 2011 Final Four.