SAN JUAN City – Adamson University assumed the early solo leadership of Group B of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by slipping past debuting San Sebastian College, 64-61, in continuing action Wednesday (May 3) at the FilOil Flying V Arena. The Falcons notched their second win in a row, both decided in the dying seconds.
With Coach Franz Pumaren allowing his players to play their game, the Falcons engaged the Stags in a shootout and nearly paid dearly for it. Fortunately for them, the Stags ran out of bullets down the stretch.
Adamson nursed a 45-38 lead entering the final canto but Michael Calisaan and Ryan Costelo led the way in giving the lead to San Sebastian with a rain of triples, 48-47. Costelo though would get thrown out of the game due to a disqualifying foul on Sean Manganti but his replacement RK Ilagan stepped up and nailed three triples, the last one giving the Stags an imposing 61-54 advantage with 2:52 to play.
Suddenly, Robbie Manalang and Manganti hit back-to-back treys to threaten, 60-61, and 1:29 on the clock. The Stags then failed in their next possession, paving the way for Maverick Ahanmisi to score on a baseline drive for the go-ahead points, 62-61, and 19 ticks remaining.
Allyn Bulanadi then tossed an ill-advised triple with the ball going out of bounds in favor of the Falcons. The Stags had no choice but to foul Ahanmisi in order to stop the clock but the sophomore guard stepped up and made both his free throws for the final score.
“This is a good experience for us,” said Coach Pumaren. “Two close games is a test for us for situations like that.”
Manganti was the high man for the Falcons with 19 points and four rebounds. Ahanmisi was next with 13 points and two assists.
Calisaan paced the Stags with 23 points. Despite his ejection, Costelo the next on the scoring list with 14 points and three assists.
How They Scored:
ADAMSON (64) – Manganti 19, Ahanmisi 13, Manalang 12, Sarr 10, Mustre 3, Pingoy 3, Hill 2, Ochea 1, Camacho 1, Paranada 0, Vizcarra 0, Bernardo 0, Zaldivar 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN (61) – Calisaan 15, Costelo 14, Bulanadi 10, Ilagan 9, Calma 4, Valdez 4, David 3, Gayosa 2, Sangalang 0, Are 0, Navarro 0, Quipse 0, Baetiong 0.
Period Scores: 20-12, 31-21, 45-38, 64-61.