ADAMSON avoided the upset axe in the nick of time as the Falcons prevailed over University of the Philippines, 76-70, on Friday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The Falcons used a furious 14-0 run in the fourth quarter led by Rodney Bronial and Jericho Cruz to earn a come-from-behind victory over the Maroons.
Brondial finished with 22 points while grabbing 14 rebounds for the Falcons. Cruz chipped in 16 markers.
Adamson climbed to 4-2 win-loss to grab third spot behind National University (8-0) and Arellano (5-2) in Group A.
“I think we have to work hard kasi we are struggling sa Filoil. Against UP, nahirapan kami,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria. “But come UAAP, we will be a different team. We still have one month to go.”
That torrid run helped the Falcons take a 68-60 lead after trailing by six points early in the fourth.
“Nag-work ‘yung defense namin, ‘yung rotation nakuha nila. I’m trying my best na magkaamuyan sila,” said Austria, who hurriedly left after the game to attend the practice of the San Miguel Beermen of the Asean Basketball League.
A dunk by Ingrid Sewa tied the game at 60-all. Brondial’s running shot and Cruz’s free throws padded the lead to four. Cruz’s breakaway lay-up ended the run, 68-60.
In the women’s side, De La Salle stayed unbeaten in three games with a 64-62 victory over National University.
NU bounced back in the juniors division with a 92-71 victory over University of Santo Tomas for its third win in five outings.
Adamson (76) – Brondial 22, Cruz 16, Monteclaro 11, Rios 10, Sewa 6, Agustin 4, Cabrera 3, Abrigo 2, Cabigas 2, Inigo 0, Petilos 0, Ochea 0.
UP (70) – Pascual 11, Ball 10, Soyud 10, Wong 10, Marata 6, Lao 6, Gingerich 5, Reyes 4, Asilum 4, Gallarza 2, Desiderio 2, Amar 0, Harris 0.
Quarterscores: 18-12; 34-28; 54-59; 76-70.