Adamson Soaring Falcons def. UST Growling Tigers 96-83

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Sean Manganti, Adamson (22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals)

Manganti helped keep Adamson afloat in the first quarter with 8 points when they didn’t have the greatest of times finding the bottom of the net. He also held off several UST rallies in the fourth period where he tallied another 8 of his points. He used his length on the wing really well as he had several good finishes in the paint, including a nifty sweeping hook in the first period. He continues to stuff the stat sheet for the Soaring Falcons.

Papi Sarr, Adamson (11 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks)

Sarr scored “just” 11 points but his value came from putting both Enrique Caunan and Germy Mahinay in foul trouble the whole game.  This was problematic for the Growling Tigers as they were missing Steve Akomo.. In the first quarter alone he fished 5 fouls total from both bigs and eventually fouled them out in the second half. That only helped Adamson push their advantage inside the paint.

Renzo Subido, UST (21 points, 5 assists)

Subido claimed to be 90-95% healthy before the game and it showed. He provided a shot in the arm for UST when their offense was a mess. He provided good energy especially in the halfcourt and hit some timely threes to keep them in the game. Overall, it’s good to see him back from an injury scare.

CJ Cansino (17 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists)

Cansino was at it again. He was probably the biggest reason they kept the game close despite the disadvantage in the paint. No Soaring Falcon could really keep in step with him, especially in the first half. He kept blowing by defenders especially against Adamson’s full court press. It almost always led to a bucket, a nice drop pass or a foul (10/10 at the line). All in all, he provided the usual energy and continues to solidify his bid for Rookie of the Year.

QUICK ANALYSIS

  • Both teams shot poorly but Adamson had a huge advantage in the paint (52-14 points) and on the boards (53-35). They may not have been able to take full advantage of their offensive rebounding but it did lead to 12 more field goal attempts, which helped their somewhat sputtering offense. But their ability to force turnovers and score was probably the biggest factor. They had just one less turnover than UST but scored 20 points off of those (compared to just 5 for the Growling Tigers). It was something they were successful at from the start of the game and slowly wore down UST as the game went on.
  • As mentioned earlier, Adamson relied a whole lot on forced turnovers and pushing their advantage inside in the first half. As for UST, they actually looked a lot more organized offensively and tried to make up for the difference by generating freethrow attempts. They were a perfect 17 for 17 and ended the game 31/33. Unfortunately for them, that simply wasn’t enough as the lack of resistance in the paint and continuously giving up the rock doomed them in the end.
  • The dam broke after halftime when Adamson went on a 15-3 run. They started hitting their threes and continued to ramp up the pressure defense. They also started blitzing ball screens to bother UST’s ballhandlers, particularly Subido. Jerom Lastimosa and Jerrick Ahanmisi were huge as they almost outscored the whole UST team 16-18 during the third quarter.
  • UST’s fight was admirable though. Every time you think they’re down for the count, they’d come up with a counter run of their own. They were able to bring the lead down to 9 or 10 several times but just couldn’t get over the hump. Again, it came down to not taking care of the leather, a lot of blown transition opportunities and a lot of rushed three-pointers.