A poor shooting first quarter by both sides saw the score at 8-6 Adamson, after ten minutes, but the Falcons more than made up for it in the second period, knocking down 5 of 8 triples, and getting five charities after fouls on three point attempts. It was all downhill from there for the Maroons, with their fastbreak and perimeter game stymied, as the Falcons won 72-46. Alex Nuyles led with 21 points, while Lester Alvarez had 16, as the two combined to rain down seven triples on the Maroons. On the flipside, Mike Silungan topped the UP scoring charts with 12, but missed all seven of his outside attempts. (Recap here)
What's at Stake:
- The 7-3 Adamson Falcons will want to get back on track after their tight loss to FEU last Saturday. Had they won that game, the Falcons would have had the inside track on the second of two twice to beat advantages, but with FEU climbing up to 6-4, the Falcons will have to earn it the hard way by stringing together some more wins and staying ahead of the Tams.
- At 2-8, there's no chance the Maroons will return to the Final Four anymore, but they can head into next season with some momentum and play spoiler at the same time by dealing with the Falcons.
ADU Player to Watch : While not exactly the key piece in the Adamson line-up, this team gets on a roll when Lester Alvarez finds his stride. Versus FEU, Alvarez was just 3 for 9 from the field, with all but one attempt, a miss, coming from inside the arc. He also finished with just a single assist. If he can bounce back in a big way, the Falcons ought to find this game a breeze.
UP Player to Watch : Former Blue Eaglet Paolo Romero has emerged as a steady contributor for UP, averaging 11.67 points and 5.3 rebounds in the second round. His jump shot may draw his defender, a Jan Colina or an Eric Camson, away from the basket, improving the spacing for a slasher like Jelo Montecastro
Prediction: Adamson Soaring Falcons