SAN JUAN City – Adamson University eked out an 85-81 victory over a surprisingly tough Mapua Institute of Technology Saturday (May 21) in continuing action from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. The Soaring Falcons had to work extra hard in the second half behind a flurry of triples and the inside presence Papi Sarr to put away the Cardinals.
James Pasturan opened the second half with a pair of triples to give Adamson the lead for the first time, 48-47. Harold Ng then fired two more triples of his own as the Soaring Falcons pulled away, 54-47.
Sarr exploited to the hilt the absence of NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme, who was suspended for fighting in their last game with De La Salle University. The Cameroonian behemoth mocked all defenses thrown at him by scoring 27 points and hauling 16 rebounds in 31 minutes of play.
After JR Raflores tied the game for the last time via an offensive put back at the 44-second mark, 81-81, Sarr barrelled his way underneath to put the Soaring Falcons on top with 33 ticks to go, 83-81. Rookie Kenneth Magboo then bungled a side jump shot, forcing Exeqiel Biteng to foul Ng who then made both his gift shots to insure the win with still 11 seconds on the clock.
“The way we played today is an indication that we really have a lot of work to do,” said Coach Franz Pumaren as he tallied his third straight win. “Mapua played without Oraeme and yet we allowed them to control the first half.”
Ng supported Sarr with three triples en route to 13 points on top of three assists. Pasturan and Robbie Manalang added nine points each.
CJ Isit was the high man for the Cardinals with 19 points and six rebounds. Biteng was next with 13 points and eight rebounds.
How They Scored:
ADAMSON (85) – Sarr 27, Ng 13, Pasturan 9, Manalang 9, Paranada 8, Ahanmisi 5, Tungcab 4, Camacho 4, Ochea 3, Maganti 2, Bernardo 1, Mustre 0.
MAPUA TECH (81) – Isit 19, Estrella 13, Orquina 11, Biteng 10, Gamboa 9, Magboo 7, Bunag 4, Raflores 4, Serrano 2, Victoria 2, Aguirre 0.
Period Scores: 12-19, 40-43, 67-65, 85-81.