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    Adamson holds off FEU fightback to stay in hunt for Final Four spot

    Nov 23, 2022
    Jerom Lastimosa
    PHOTO: UAAP

    ADAMSON showed tremendous composure late to gut out a 75-70 victory over Far Eastern University on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 85 men's basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

    Jerom Lastimosa shot a sizzling 5-of-8 from three-point land for a game-high 23 points as the Soaring Falcons improved to an even 6-6 (win-loss) and stayed very much in the running for a Final Four spot.

    [READ: Ateneo survives UE scare, secures Final Four spot]

    His free throws in the last 53.1 seconds made it a 71-64 affair, which proved just enough buffer tro stave off a ffurious FEU rally from 25-points down.

    The loss ended FEU's streak of Final Four appearances at eight as it slipped out of contention with a 4-9 record.

    The Soaring Falcons went on a blazing 18-0 start and a 27-2 advantage in the first quarter. But the Tamaraws just kept on chipping away the lead, getting to within five, 69-64, after a Bryan Sajonia three in the last 1:31, and once again at four, 74-70, after three free throws from Xyrus Torres with 9.3 seconds left.

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      The Tamaraws, however, ran out of time as Joshua Yerro split his charities in the last 3.3 ticks to secure the win for the Falcons.

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      Lenda Douanga added 18 points and seven rebounds, as Cedrick Manzano also churned out a double-double of 10 points, 13 boards, and two steals for the Soaring Falcons.

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      It was still an admirable fightback for the Tamaraws who missed their first 22 field goals.

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