UP until the final two minutes of the game, Adamson was in great danger of becoming the first team to lose to University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80.
Good thing that Jerrick Ahanmisi was there to play messiah for the Falcons, draining crucial shots to lift his squad to a 75-70 victory on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The sophomore gunner fired 10 of Adamson’s final 12 points, including the go-ahead three pointer and five free throws to tow the Falcons to their seventh win in 11 games.
“No I’m not really thinking about that (losing to UST). I think we just knew as a team we had to win, because it’s getting close to the end of the second round,” said Ahanmisi.
“We can’t afford to lose any more games for us to be on top of the standings. I guess in the end, the coaches just helped me out a lot,” he added.
The younger brother of Rain or Shine stalwart Maverick Ahanmisi was disappointed with how they played against the Tigers, knowing that things shouldn’t have been this close in the first place.
“We’re a team that contends for the finals, we should’ve been better,” Ahanmisi continued. “I think that we should just learn from this.”
Coach Franz Pumaren wasn’t necessarily happy with how the game went, even to the point that he said they were ‘lucky to have survived the game,’ after ‘flirting with disaster.’
“I was so disappointed, they’re trying to level down. Nothing against UST, but probably their mindset going to this game, they’re winless, they’re just gonna lie down,” said Pumaren.
“Knowing UST and their community and their coaches, they have so much pride at stake, they still gave us a scare.”
But Pumaren still sees this game as something that can be charged to experience as they enter the final three games of the season.
“This particular game we experienced, it’s just a part and parcel of our learning process of being a young team,” Pumaren continued.
“At least close games, we were able to survive. It’s not that we’re gonna cruise along, at least with this victory, we have a hold of third place.”