UP Fighting Maroons def. Adamson Soaring Falcons 89-87
Juan Gomez de Liano, UP (30 points, 6 rebounds, +13)
What a performance by Juan. For a player who never made it to the Final Four during his Juniors career, he performed like someone who’s been there all his life. He was built for these moments. Oh yeah, this kid is a SOPHOMORE. Incredible.
Paul Desiderio, UP (16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals)
ATIN TO. Nevermind the 16 missed shots, when it mattered the most, he came up big and delivered. To be honest, the way he looked all game long, it was easy to forget he even missed as many shots as he did. He’s UP’s heart and soul.
Jaydee Tungcab, UP (6 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, +10)
Tungcab, the former Adamson Baby Falcons, was a PLEASANT surprise for the Fighting Maroons. This is exactly why he was picked up by UP when he left Adamson. He showcased good creativity in the pick and roll, while playing A+ defense when need be.
Jerom Lastimosa, Adamson (17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists)
He could’ve been Adamson’s hero, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Lastimosa was stupendous versus UP, showcasing the kind of motor we’ve grown accustomed to from the 19 year old. He’s quite the marvel, as he never backed down against the likes of Juan GDL.
Simon Camacho, Adamson (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals)
Humblebola writer Pio Garcia loves motor, and Camacho has PLENTY of it. He was a workhorse, and was integral in Adamson’s monster run during the third quarter. Motor, motor, motor. He has a lot of it.
- This game, as exciting as it was, was very messy. Lots of scrambling for loose balls, turnovers, just absolute madness. It was a do or die game after all. We wouldn’t have had it any other way.
- Paul Desiderio, for all of his heroics, wasn’t the primary reason UP got up so early versus Adamson in the first half. It all starts with Juan Gomez de Liano, the primary initiator of the team and all of his ball screen mastery. By putting pressure on the Adamson defense and controlling the pace, the rest of UP’s offense followed. It was quite the display by the sophomore.
- It was an incredible atmosphere with plenty of madness on the court, but at the end of the day, the game boiled down to who could create better shots in the clutch. A glaring hole of Adamson was exposed. As excellent as Lastimosa was, he still wasn’t ready to create for the team when the going got tough. Paul Desiderio LIVES for these moments. Dribble. Dribble. Spin. Pull-up. Money. Welcome back to the Finals, UP.