Falcons ride strong fourth quarter start to soar past Revellers for back-to-back wins
Jonathan Espeleta helped the Falcons pull away in the fourth. Dante Peralta

AKARI-Adamson scored their third victory after defeating Che'Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, 84-75, in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Tuesday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

It was a nip-and-tuck match until the Falcons got going in the fourth period, turning a 60-53 lead into a double-digit cushion that was big enough to hold off the Revellers for the rest of the match.

Almost two minutes into the final period, Jonathan Espeleta sank a booming triple that gave the Falcons a commanding 69-54 advantage.

Both teams traded baskets before the Revellers eventually ran out of steam in the final stretch.

Akari-Adamson claimed their third win in four matches while the Revellers slid to 2-3. 

Jerick Ahanmisi topscored for Akari-Adamson with 18 points, while Espeleta added 15 markers.

Jerie Pingoy played for the first time since undergoing a surgery to remove bone spurs in his left ankle. He finished with five points.

Alfred Batino and Samboy De Leon had 14 points each for the Revellers.


The Scores:

AKARI-ADAMSON 84 — Ahanmisi 18, Espeleta 15, Mojica 12, Sarr 11, Lastimosa 7, Manganti 7, Hill 6, Pingoy 5, Catapusan 2, Bernardo 1, Buenaventura 0, Camacho 0, Macion 0.

CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 75 — Batino 14, De Leon 14, Faundo 13, Ilagan 12, Jeruta 5, Lao 5, Bulanadi 4, Costelo 4, David 4, Calisaan 0, Santos 0.

Quarterscores: 24-16, 37-37, 60-53, 84-75. 

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