ADAMSON stayed in contention for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four after beating National University, 90-77, on Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Falcons sizzled from the three-point arc and notched their eighth win in 12 games.
Adamson must win its remaining two games and hope La Salle would drop its last two assignments to gain a playoff for the No. 2 seed.
The Bulldogs slipped to 4-7 win-loss record, and have lost three of their last four assignments.
Adamson converted 13 triples as they clinched at least a playoff for a Final Four berth.
Jonathan Espeleta scored 16 points and hit a halfcourt heave at the buzzer in the second quarter, to bring its halftime lead to 57-35.
Jerrick Ahanmisi also had 16 points for the Falcons, hitting four of eight attempts from behind the arc.
“People will tend to notice the shooting but we should look at the bigger picture. We created some stops, we created some turnovers. Like what I’ve been stressing, for us to be successful this season, we have to put more emphasis on defense,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren.
J-Jay Alejandro had 18 points for the Bulldogs, who played without Matt Salem reportedly due to an illness.
“It worked to our advantage that Salem is sick from what I’ve heard … It worked to our advantage. We were able to establish our game plan,” said Pumaren.
Adamson 90 – Ahanmisi 16, Espeleta 16, Sarr 14, Manalang 14, Pingoy 7, Manganti 7, Lojera 5, Camacho 4, Mustre 3, Bernardo 2, Zaldivar 2, Ochea 0, Hill 0, Paranada 0, Chua 0.
NU 77 – Alejandro 18, Diputado 14, Yu 8, Mosqueda 7, Tibayan 6, Morido 6, Abatayo 5, Aquino 4, Cauilan 3, Joson 2, Gaye 2, Rangel 2, Lastimosa 0, Bartlett 0.
Quarterscores: 32-12; 57-35; 72-48; 90-77.