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    Archers erase early double-digit deficit to edge Falcons and stretch streak to three

    Oct 21, 2017
    Cameroon's Ben Mbala and the Archers notch their eighth win in 10 outings. Marlo Cueto

    LA Salle hit clutch baskets to nail its third straight victory, beating Adamson, 80-74, on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Andrei Caracut scored his only points of the game after hitting a triple with 1:38 left in the fourth that gave the Green Archers a 74-72 lead.

    Santi Santillan drove past Tyrus Hill with 36.3 seconds to play for a four-point La Salle lead.

    La Salle, which trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, improved its win-loss record to 8-2 and tightened its grip on second place behind unbeaten Ateneo.

    The Archers are two games ahead of Adamson, which holds a 6-4 card.

    Despite losing a double-digit lead, Adamson came back behind Papi Sarr and Jonathan Espeleta, who nailed two free throws off an unsportsmanlike foul by Kib Montalbo on Hill to give the Falcons a 72-71 lead.

    But it was the last time the Falcons held the lead.

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    Ricci Rivero finished with 17 points including a slam during the late fourth-quarter run by the Green Archers.

    Santillan added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Ben Mbala also had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. La Salle finished strong in the second quarter as the Green Archers sent the game into a deadlock, 35-35, at the half.

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    A 10-2 run stretched La Salle's lead to six points, 56-50, in the third.

    Jerrick Ahanmisi added 17 points, making 3 of 8 shots from the 3-point line, while Papi Sarr contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Falcons, who lost for the second time in three games.

    The scores:

    La Salle 80 - Ri. Rivero 17, Santillan 16, Mbala 15, Montalbo 10, P. Rivero 7, Melecio 5, Tratter 5, Caracut 3, Baltazar 2, Go 0.

    Adamson 74 - Ahanmisi 17, Sarr 17, Espeleta 12, Manalang 11, Hill 8, Lojera 3, Manganti 2, Ochea 2, Bernardo 2, Pingoy 0, Zaldivar 0, Mustre 0, Chua 0, Frias 0.

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    Quarterscores: 13-17; 35-35; 58-54; 80-74.

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