MAR Prado scored a career-high 40 points as Adamson routed University of the Philippines, 83-50, on Sunday in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The fourth-year Lady Falcon shot 17 for 36 to become only the fourth player in the 40-point club.
Prado joined Raiza Palmera (44 points, FEU 2011), Allana Lim (45, FEU 2012), and Ria Nabalan (40, NU 2018) as the only players to reach that mark.
"Yung goal namin, na-hit niya," said coach Ewon Arayi of Prado's performance.
Prado also hauled eight rebounds, dished out six assists, got four steals and had one block in 33 minutes of play, all while dealing with a sprained ankle suffered before the game.
The 23-year-old powered the Lady Falcons' pullaway after a tight first half against the Lady Maroons, leading a 20-7 third quarter assault to establish an 52-35 advantage and scoring on a lay-up with 1:02 left to stretch the lead to its final count at 33.
"Hindi siya nag-bwakaw para makuha yung 40 points niya. Dinala pa rin niya yung team," said Arayi.
Rose Ann Dampios had 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Lhyn Bilbao got eight points, 11 boards, five steals and three dimes as Adamson tightened its grip on third spot with a 7-4 record.
Rei Sanchez led UP (1-10) with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Lulu Ordoveza got 10 points and seven boards.
Ateneo also weathered the storm and beat University of the East, 81-70, in overtime.
Alyssa Villamor came up big, dropping six of her 13 points in the extension as the Lady Eagles snapped their four-game losing streak.
"I like how our seniors fought back. Villamor didn't play much in the fourth quarter, but when she came back, she used that opportunity to show why she's a starter throughout this season," said coach Kat Quimpo.
Hazelle Yam paced Ateneo with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals and a block, while Pam Payac also stepped up with 15 points, three boards and two assists off the bench.
Zoe Chu added 11 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Kat Guytingco braved through a cut on her left knee to pour 10 points and five boards.
Leading 59-52 with 5:35 remaining in regulation, Ateneo allowed UE to fight back with a 12-0 blitz to grab a 64-59 advantage with 2:08 to play.
But the Lady Eagles were quick to respond, getting back as Yam knotted the game at 67 with a split from the line with 26.4 ticks left. Jhaz Joson forced a stop, drawing an offensive foul on Jearzy Ganade, but Guytingco wasn't able to score the winner as the game went to overtime.
Ateneo rode that momentum in the extra frame, scoring the first eight points as it outscored UE, 14-3.
"I like how the players fought until the end, especially in overtime," said Quimpo. "It's good to know that we still have fighters heading to the next season."
Unfortunately, Ateneo's 4-8 mark won't cut it as it joins UE and UP as the early casualties of the women's tournament.
It was a bitter defeat for UE, which suffered its seventh straight loss to stay at the cellar at 1-11.
Tin Cortizano led the Lady Warriors with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, as Joyce Terrinal got 15 points, six boards and two steals.
Ateneo 81 - Yam 19, Payac 15, Villamor 13, Chu 11, Guytingco 10, Joson 5, Moslares 3, Newsome 3, Villacruz 2, Aquisap 0, Cancio 0, De Dios 0.
UE 70 - Cortizano 17, Terrinal 15, Cuadero 14, Pedregosa 12, Ganade 9, Ordas 3, Fernandez 0, Nama 0.
Quarters: 13-15; 35-29; 55-42; 67-67; 81-70.
Adamson 83 - Prado 40, Dampios 18, Bilbao 8, Flor 8, Araja 6, Mendoza 2, Catulong 1, Ea. Alaba 0, Ei. Alaba 0, Anticamara 0, Balane 0, Dela Cruz 0, Dumelod 0, Ornopia 0.
UP 50 - Sanchez 13, Ordoveza 10, Pesquera 7, Hidalgo 6, Lebico 6, De Leon 3, Lucman 3, Rivera 2, Gonzales 0, Gusilatar 0, Larrosa 0, Taulava 0.
Quarterscores: 17-15; 32-28; 52-35; 83-50.