Archers sub­due Fal­cons in over­time

Manila Bulletin - - Sports - By WAYLON GALVEZ

Games To­day (Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City) 2 p.m. – UST vs FEU 4 p.m. – Ate­neo vs UP

De La Salle dealt Adam­son a 79-78 over­time vic­tory last night at the end of the first round of elim­i­na­tions in the 81st UAAP bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Aljun Mele­cio and Jus­tine Bal­tazar scored 22 and 16 points re­spec­tively as the Archers climbed to solo fourth place with a 4-3 win-loss record.

The loss, their sec­ond straight, dropped the Fal­cons to a three way tie for first place with de­fend­ing cham­pion Ate­neo and Far East­ern Univer­sity at 5-2.

A 9-0 run at the start of the ex­ten­sion pe­riod gave the Archers a 73-64 lead with 2:08 left.

Adam­son threat­ened at 77-75 with 18 sec­onds left, but Kib Mon­talbo made two cru­cial free throws off Jon Espeleta with 6.2 sec­onds to pre­serve the win.

“This game boiled down with our prepa­ra­tion. I’d like to com­mend the coach­ing staff and the play­ers,” said La Salle coach Louie Gon­za­les.

“Good thing we won, at least we’re at the up­per half of the stand­ings and we have a chance in the Fi­nal Four. In the sec­ond round, you’ll see here how tough the play­ers are and the sys­tem,” added Gon­za­les.

Jer­rick Ahan­misi led Adam­son with 27 points while Man­ganti added 23 points as the duo com­bined for 20-of-42 shoot­ing from the field, in­clud­ing 13-of-21 from three-point area.

In the other game, Na­tional Univer­sity drubbed Univer­sity of the East, 88-61, to score its sec­ond win in seven matches.

John Cle­mente ex­ploded for 21 points as he shot 7-of-11 from the field in­clud­ing 4-of-7 from three­p­oint ter­ri­tory for NU, while Dave Ilde­fonso had 14 points, seven re­bounds and six as­sists. Shaun Ilde­fonso and Issa Gaye of Senegal con­trib­uted 12 points apiece.

“It al­ways feels good to win,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin. “We are dead right now but we’re gonna get up.”

UE, which fell to 1-6, got 20 points from Alvin Pasaol. The scores: NU 88 – Cle­mente 21, Ilde­fonso D. 14, Gaye 12, Ilde­fonso S. 12, Rike 6, Yu 4, Gali­nato 4, Diputado 4, Jo­son 2, Sin­clair 2, Morido 2, Aquino 2, Salim 2, Tibyan 1, Malonzo 0, Gal­lego 0.

UE 61 – Pasaol 20, Con­ner 15, Manalang 10, Maloles 5, Acuno 4, Var­illa 3, Bar­tolome 2, Bel­tran 2, Cullar 0, Strait 0, So­brevega 0, La­cap 0, Gal­lardo 0, Guion 0.

Quar­ters: 23-19, 56-35, 76-49, 88-61.

LA SALLE 79 – Mele­cio 22, San­til­lan 16, Bal­tazar 16, Cara­cut 8, Mon­talbo 8, Ser­rano 5, Bates 2, Manuel 2, Dyke 0, Go 0.

ADAM­SON 78 – Ahan­misi 27, Man­ganti 23, Sarr 9, Cat­a­pu­san 5, Ca­ma­cho 4, Las­ti­mosa 3, Bernardo 2, Colo­nia 2, Espeleta 2, Mag­buhos V. 1, Pin­goy 0, Mo­jica 0.

Quar­ters: 22-16, 33-32, 49-49, 6464, 79-78.

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