PAPI Sarr hit two free throws with 15 seconds left to complete Adamson’s comeback, stunning La Salle, 75-74, on Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Sarr’s charities completed a big wind-up for the Falcons, who trailed by 16 points in the third period.
The Cameroonian import finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Joseph Nalos added 20 points for Adamson, which improved its win-loss record to 2-9.
The Falcons remain at the cellar, while La Salle fell to 5-5 and stayed in fourth place.
Prince Rivero had 23 points but bungled a chance to tie the game when he split his free throws with 8.5 seconds left.
La Salle had a last chance when a double lane violation was called but Andrei Caracut missed a shot from the three-point line.
Adamson bounced back from a stinging loss to National University in overtime.
“Again, as always, ’pag nananalo, I always give credit to the boys,” said Adamson coach Mike Fermin. “Iba ’yung determination nila during practices. Alam naman natin lahat na we had a tough loss last time. Paano buhayiun ‘yung spirits nila ’yung importante.”
The Falcons definitely had their spirits lifted as they came back from a 59-43 deficit in the third period.
Down 65-54, Adamson used a 10-0 run to stay in the game. The Falcons got the break they needed when Sarr was fouled with the game tied at 73.
Sarr and Nalos combined for 22 points in the final quarter.
Jerome Garcia had 13 points for the Falcons, whose only other victory of the season was against University of the Philippines.
Jeron Teng led La Salle with 22 points.
Adamson 75 - Sarr 23, Nalos 20, J. Garcia 13, Capote 6, Fernandez 5, Bernardo 2, C. Garcia 2, Polican 2, Villanueva 2, Camacho 0, Escalambre 0, Miranda 0, Ochea 0, Tungcab 0.
DLSU 74 - Rivero 23, Teng 22, Langston 8, Torres 7, Torralba 4, Caracut 3, Muyang 3, Perkins 3, Tratter 1, Go 0, Sargent 0.
Quarterscores: 16-19; 34-37; 48-59; 75-74.