ROIDER Cabrera fired five three-pointers to lead an early Adamson breakaway and the Falcons held on late to bring down University of the East, 78-71, on Wednesday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Falcons opened a 30-point lead early in the third quarter that served as a buffer big enough to avert another meltdown similar to their loss to University of Santo Tomas just a week before.
Cabrera finished with 19 points, Ingrid Sewa added 15 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks, while Jericho Cruz had 10 points for the Falcons, who took their second win in three outings after leading 50-25 at the half.
“I told the boys that twenty-five points is not safe,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria. “Remember our loss against UST, we were leading by eight points, we were playing well in the first half, and then nag-collapse.”
“They know our weakness but I’m happy that we were able to survive,” Austria added.
Cabrera scored 12 points right in the first quarter to tow Adamson ahead, 27-14. As the Red Warriors could only score 11 points in the second period, Sewa’s dunk and basket early in the third gave Adamson its biggest lead of the game at 55-25.
The win comes as a big morale boost for Adamson ahead of its match against five-time defending champion but still winless Ateneo (0-3) on Sunday.
Roi Sumang, coming off a game-winning four-point play in UE's 71-67 victory over National University on Saturday, had 12 of his 26 points during a spirited fourth-quarter comeback but the Red Warriors simply ran out of time.
UE fell to 1-2 win-loss slate.
Adamson (78) – Cabrera 19, Sewa 15, Cruz 10, Julkipli 6, Brondial 6, Inigo 5, Rios 4, Petilos 4, Agustin 4, Abrigo 4, Monteclaro 1, Trollano 0.
UE (71) – Sumang 26, Casajeros 14, Mammie 9, Sumido 6, Santos 4, Javier 4, Olivares 2, Noble 2, Jumao-as 2, Alberto 2, Pujante 0, Hernandez 0, Galanza 0, Flores 0.
Quarterscores: 27-14; 50-25; 68-45; 78-71.