Defense is name of game as UP Maroons hold Falcons sensation Ahanmisi scoreless
Jerrick Ahanmisi failed to score against UP after averaging 15.9 points per game for Adamson. Freddie Dionisio

JERRICK Ahanmisi was held scoreless in Adamson’s stunning loss to University of the Philippines on Wednesday, with Maroons head coach Bo Perasol lauding the defensive effort of his squad against one of the top scorers in UAAP Season 79.

Rookie sensation Ahanmisi attempted just two shots in the game against the Maroons, who beat the Falcons, 70-66, to notch their second straight victory this season.

The Maroons also held the league’s leading three-point shooting team to just a 5-of-13 clip from beyond the arc, two less than their UAAP-best average.

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UP also shot the ball well, hitting 51 percent from the field, but Perasol believed that it was defense that propelled the Maroons to victory by limiting the Falcons’ usual scorers like Ahanmisi, who entered the game with an average of 15.9 points a game.

“It was actually our defense that made it happen for us. I think we were able to frustrate their shooters and we were able to take away some crucial points from their main scorers,” said Perasol.

Adamson did get its scoring back in the fourth quarter as the Falcons were able to cut the deficit to four points. But the Maroons kept their cool, hitting crucial baskets in the endgame, which also impressed their coach.

“I also think that we were able to get that composure back,” said Perasol. 

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