After unleashing a devastating second half surge, the UE Warriors trampled the stumbling AdU Falcons, 99-72, at the Araneta Colesium.
Struggling to find their rhythm in the first half, the Warriors were able to flip the script thanks to their relentless full-court press, which produced 14 Falcon second half turnovers – 22 in total – and efficient offense which hummed to a 47 percent field goal rating with 21 of their 37 made shots coming off assists. The UE bench also outscored the Falcon Bench, 41-24.
The Warriors spread the wealth on offense as nine of their players scored six points or more led by Pedrito Galnza’s and Roi Sumang’s 16 and 15 markers, apiece, respectively.
Warrior Center, Mustapha Arafat, saved UE from a potential disaster as he came in the third quarter with the Warriors only up six for foul-ridden and fellow African, Charles Mammie, and seemed to out-hustle the entire Falcon squad. Although he only notched six points and nine rebounds, Arafat’s presence defensively keyed several Warrior runs in the third quarter highlighted by three of his devastating blocks.
Adamson was able to keep it close in the first half as they used a half court trap to force UE into nine first half turnovers but their young guards just could not crack the Pumaren full-court press. Adamson’s Point Guards accounted for 11 of the team’s 22 turnovers.
The blowout, however, gave the Falcons some sort of silver lining as they got a breakout performance from rookie and former Baby Falcon, Point Guard William Polican who led them in scoring with 16 points on five for eight shooting. Former Letran Squire, Jansen Rios turned in an all-around performance, scoring 13 points, snatching 13 boards and dishing out three assists.
In first post-Bolick, Mocon game, Evan Nelle proves he can lead San Beda
Studies First: Nietos, two other Blue Eagles arrive late for PCCL semis clash
Mark Barroca excited as he makes ‘unexpected’ Gilas return after 8 years
Troy Rosario cleared to play for 6th window
Kai Sotto tops FIBA’s list of Asian U18 prospects
PBA Season 43 Leo Awards, Season 44 opening to be held in Philippine Arena
SOURCES: Norman Miguel set to take coaching reins of NU Lady Bulldogs
Two championships load up pressure on UP Lady Maroons
- Basketball3 days ago
Chooks-to-Go still gives Paul Desiderio own branch
- Basketball5 days ago
Justin Chua, Nico Salva glad to see each other thrive 7 years after 5-peat
- Basketball4 days ago
San Miguel responds to Alex Compton’s statement: ‘Each PBA team has a responsibility to form formidable squad’
- ADMU3 days ago
La Salle rolls to 4th straight win; UP picks up maiden PBL victory