By Camille Cutler
Adamson Soaring Falcons def. UST Growling Tigers 79-71
Jerrick Ahanmisi, Adamson (20 points, 9 points in the fourth)
Ahanmisi felt like a thorn for the UST crowd all game long, and the pain was most felt during the fourth quarter when he poured in nine points on some aggressive drives to the rim. Jerrick has been great this season.
Vince Magbuhos, Adamson (15 points, 4 steals)
Magbuhos was among the players who pressured the UST guards a ton during the course of the game, and his aggressiveness was key in giving the Soaring Falcons easy baskets off turnovers.
CJ Cansino, UST (18 points, 5 rebounds, 14 points in the second half)
If there was someone who consistently gave the Growling Tigers hope, it was CJ Cansino. He was relentless in getting to the rim, showing the type of willingness that’s rarely seen in rookies today. He’s special.
- The story of the game: turnovers. UST’s youth and general inexperience showed over the course of the game, throwing ill-advised passes time and time again against the Pumaren press that resulted in easy baskets for Adamson. Those 27 turnovers were a killer for UST, as Adamson took advantage and scored 29 points off those in the process.
- The big three of Adamson may be Ahanmisi, Sarr, and Manganti, but this team has depth that should be given more attention. By all accounts is Vince Magbuhos a great player. Jerom Lastimosa is a ball of energy with plenty to bring on the table. This Adamson team is deep.
- UST actually outdid Adamson in a number of key components. One of which was rebounding, where UST had 46 boards versus just 31 from Adamson. Steve Akomo was huge for UST in this regard, but their struggles in keeping the ball were too much for them to get over.