Text by: John Reczon Calay
Photo courtesy: Pat Nabong, Tinig ng Plaridel Chief Photographer
The dream of a second bonfire was put out by the same team that sparked it.
The University of the Philippines succumbed to fellow cellar-dweller Adamson University yesterday, 63-67, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum ending their UAAP Season 77 basketball campaign both having a 1-13 slate.
The Maroons performed well in offense in the first canto as they outscored the Falcons, 24-12, with 18 points scored from the three-point line.
Meanwhile, point guard Henry Asilum was sent out of the game early in the first quarter after dislocating his right shoulder.
Adamson limited UP’s scoring to six in the second quarter and moved within striking distance, 30-25.
The Falcons turned the game in their favor and took advantage of the Maroons’ turnovers in the third quarter.
Dawn Ochea scored off a Don Trollano assist and tied the game as Jansen Rios buried baskets to take the lead for Adamson, 38-34.
Adamson continued a strong start in the fourth canto with a 5-0 run as UP’s Mark Juruena was called for an unsportsmanlike foul in the first minutes of the fourth quarter resulting to Dawn Ochea two charity shots and a 12-point lead.
Dario waxed hot from the rainbow country and nailed two charities to force a 63-63 deadlock with a minute left.
However, Maroons’ defense collapsed in the last minutes of the payoff period allowing Ochea to score an easy basket off Rios’ assist.
Axel Iñigo sealed the victory for Adamson as he was fouled and sank both charities, 63-67.
Batang Gilas Dario led the Diliman squad with a career-high 13 points while Kyles Lao chipped in 11 points. Team Captain Moriah Gingerich scored 10 points while Mikee Reyes tallied nine.
Trollano led the Falcons with 21 points and 12 boards while Rios provided him support with 11.
“Adamson’s defense was the most suffocating I’ve experienced this year,” Reyes said. “They were ready.”
“There will be a total overhaul of the Maroons’ lineup for 2015,” UP Head Coach Rey Madrid said since UP will host the 78th UAAP Season next year. “We have been a donut… we have to improve our core.”
“Ang problema sa Adamson, wala kaming puno,” Adamson Head Coach Kenneth Duremdes jestingly said in an interview regarding an Adamson bonfire.
The Fighting Maroons celebrated with a bonfire on August 9 after snatching their first win of the season against the Falcons in their first face-off.
UP 63 – Dario 13, Lao 11, Gingerich 10, Reyes 9, Moralde 8, Gallarza 7, Juruena 3, Asilum 2
AdU 67 – Trollano 21, Rios 11, Ochea 9, Monteclaro 7, Polican 5, Villanueva 5, Iñigo 4, Pedrosa 3, Barrera 2
Quarter scores: 24-12, 30-25, 45-50, 63-67