ADAMSON snapped its six-game losing skid with a 75-70 win over University of the Philippines in front of a sparse Thursday crowd in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Eric Camson had 19 points and 14 rebounds while Rodney Brondial, the hero in the team’s other victory over University of the Philippines in the first round, had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the battle of two teams at the bottom of the standings.
With their chances of a repeat appearance in the Final Four now gone, the Falcons are now eyeing a “respectable finish” as they improved their win-loss record to 2-8 for sixth place in the team standings, still a huge gap from fifth-running National University (6-4).
“Hindi na namin tinitignan ’yung makapasok kami o hindi. Respectable finish na lang kami,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria. “Marami ng nasanay for the last two to three years na nasa gitna kami or top two after the first round. Pero kahit on paper mahina kami, ang goal namin is to show na how organized ’yung system namin.”
The Maroons dropped to a 1-8 record.
ADAMSON (75) – Camson 19, Cruz 17, Brondial 15, Rios 10, Cabrera 4, Agustin 4, Monteclaro 3, Etrone 3, Trollano 0, Olalia 0, Julkipli 0, Abrigo 0.
UP (70) – Padilla 12, Manuel 12, Lopez 10, Ball 9, Silungan 8, Soyud 6, Montecastro 5, Asilum 4, Gallarza 3, Romero 1, Mbah 0, Hipolito 0, Gamboa 0.
Quarterscores: 25-17; 35-31; 51-44; 75-70.