AKARI-Adamson grabbed a share of the lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup with a 101-83 victory over Perpetual Help on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Falcons improved their win-loss record to 8-2, joining Centro Escolar University on top.
Adamson scored eight quick points to open the final frame, before baskets by Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti gave them a double digit lead, 84-74.
Sarr completed a three-point play as the Falcons built an 87-76 advantage and held on to boost their chances of securing an outright semifinal berth.
The Altas dropped to a 3-6 slate.
Sarr led the Falcons with 16 points and six rebounds, while Manganti finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Jerick Ahanmisi and Jerom Lastimosa had 14 markers each.
"We've stressing to the players that each game is important to us. I don't want to sound hypocrite that we don't want the top two because we want that scenario," said Akari coach Franz Pumaren.
A win in their final match against Jose Rizal University will earn the Falcons a seat in the semifinals.
Edgar Charcos paced the Altas with 22 points and 10 assists, Kim Aurin and Prince Eze added 15 markers apiece.
Akari-Adamson 101 — Sarr 16, Mojica 15, Ahanmisi 14, Lastimosa 14, Manganti 14, Catapusan 8, Espeleta 7, Macion 6, Camacho 5, Bernardo 2, Lojera 0, Longalong 0, Zaldivar 0.
Perpetual Help 83 — Charcos 22, Aurin 15, Eze 15, Coronel 11, Tamayo 7, Mangalino 3, Precillas 3, Villanueva 3, Pasia 2, Peralta 2, Pido 0, Tiburcio 0.
Quarterscores: 22-20; 50-39; 70-67; 101-83.