SAN JUAN City – Adamson University claimed the final Group B playoff spot in the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup after eking past a tough University of the East, 84-82. Robbie Manalang, JD Tungcab and Jerrick Ahanmisi delivered the key baskets at crunch time to give Coach Franz Pumaren the victory and bragging rights over elder brother and UE coach Frederick Pumaren.
Edgar Charcos had just put the Warriors ahead, 75-73, but Manalang responded with a triple just to beat the shot clock with 2:05 to play, 76-75. Edson Batiller split his free throws to tie the game for the last time, 76-76, allowing Ahanmisi to give the Falcons the lead for good, at the 1:13 mark, 78-76.
It was the turn of Tungcab to connect on five free throws to hold off the Warriors’ attempts to rally. Suddenly, a miss by Tungcab led to a quick triple from Alvin Pasaol to threaten with still seven second remaining, 82-83.
Ahanmisi was fouled, making only one of his two attempts to give another chance to UE to steal the game. Trailing by two, Batiller fired an awkward triple that missed the hoop completely to trigger the Falcons’ celebration.
“I’m surprised we made the quarterfinals,” said winning Coach Pumaren. “We just joined this tournament to get to know the players better and evaluate them and for the team to know the new coaching staff.”
Manalang led all scorers with 21 points. Papi Sarr was a force underneath again with 17 points and 18 rebounds.
Pasaol paced UE with 17 points and three rebounds. Charcos was next with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Adamson will play no less than Group A top seed National University on Tuesday (June 7). The Bulldogs earned the top seeding after beating Arellano University in the day’s earlier contest, 68-65.
How They Scored:
ADAMSON (84) – Manalang 21, Sarr 17, Tungcab 16, Ahamnisi 10, Paranada 7, Ochea 6, Maganti 5, Pasturan 2, Camacho 0, Espeleta 0, Ng 0, Bernardo 0.
EAST (82) – Pasaol 17, Charcos 16, Penuela 13, Batiller 12, Palma 10, Acuno 4, P. Varilla 3, Gagate 2, Olayon 2, Armenion 2, Manalang 1, de Leon 0, Larupay 0, Abanto 0.
Period Scores: 22-16, 44-35, 63-60, 84-82.