Losers of their final two games after a blazing five game run to start the season, the Soaring Falcons displayed the relentless that made them the surprise leaders early on in the tournament.
The Falcons jumped to a 27-11 lead in the first quarter and padded that spread to as many as 25 near the end of the first half.
Behind Dave Ildefonso, the Bulldogs were able to trim the lead to just seven early in the fourth quarter but the Falcons were quick to respond with a 9-1 run to restore order, capped off by a Jerrick Ahanmisi jumper with 3:47 remaining to give the Falcons a 63-48 lead.
“Those two games that we lost, it was just mind-boggling. It was like a pothole. We are still going to continue with this journey. We just had to play consistent basketball,” said Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren.
“This game, we played good in the first half but second half, we just went through the motion. But of course, NU played much better in the second half,” he added.
Ahanmisi led the way for the Falcons with 21 points anchored on three treys as the Falcons improved to 6-2 for the tournament.
Papi Sarr added 16 points and 11 rebounds while Sean Manganti finished with 11 points. The rookie Ildefonso turned out to be the only bright spot for the Bulldogs as he finished with 21 point.
Nu dropped to 2-6.
Adamson 69 – Ahanmisi 21, Sarr 16, Manganti 11, Espeleta , Lastimosa 5, Magbuhos 4, Camacho 2, Mojica 2, Pingoy 0, Catapusan 0, Zaldivar 0, Colonia 0, Macion 0.
NU 58 – Ildefonso D 21, Gaye 8, Diputado 6, Clemente 5, Ildefonso S 5, Yu 3, Rike 2, Joson 2, Sinclair 2, Malonzo 2, Gallego 2, Aquino 0, Morido 0, Galinato 0, Tibayan 0.
Quarterscores: 27-11; 42-23; 54-45; 69-58.