Fal­cons dis­arm Red War­riors

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - – Olmin Leyba

Adamson coach Franz Pu­maren needed to be­come a fire­breath­ing dragon to knock some sense into the flat-start­ing wards and get them to re­store or­der against upset-con­scious Uni­ver­sity of the East.

Get­ting the mes­sage loud and clear, the Fal­cons re­grouped af­ter an em­bar­rass­ing 3-20 deficit and worked their way to an 85-72 vic­tory over the Red War­riors to gain at least a play­off for twice-to-beat in­cen­tive in the UAAP Sea­son 81 men’s bas­ket­ball Fi­nal Four.

“That’s the prob­lem some­times when you have a flat start and thought that the op­pos­ing team will just roll over. But it was a dif­fer­ent sce­nario, they (UE) were ag­gres­sive, they were en­joy­ing the game ac­tu­ally, stress-free and pres­sure-free. It’s a good thing we’re able to re­goup and I gave them some ‘sweet noth­ing’ at half­time,” said Pu­maren.

With their 10th vic­tory in 13 out­ings, the Fal­cons put one foot at a Top 2 seed­ing in the F4. Adamson can ac­tu­ally get the semis bonus on a sil­ver plat­ter if league-lead­ing Ate­neo (10-2) pre­vails over third-run­ning La Salle (8-4) to­day.

Later, Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines turned back Santo Tomas, 83-69, to take solo third and prime po­si­tion in the chase for the re­main­ing F4 berths.

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