The Adamson Soaring Falcons banked on a big third quarter storm to pull away from the AMA Titans, 77-64, in the 25th Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League on Friday at the San Beda Gymnasium in Manila.
Aaron Fermin’s 14 markers paced the San Marcelino-based squad to improve their win-loss record to 5-1 in the Group A Division standings. Joshua Yerro and JL Capulong backed him up with 11 points each.
After a nip-and-tuck affair in the first two quarters, the Soaring Falcons turned up their defense a notch in the second half, holding the Titans to only seven points in the third quarter. They enjoyed leads by as much as 22 points.
AMA tried to make a comeback late in the final period by cutting the deficit to as low as 10 points. But back-to-back layups from JL Capulong and Wilfrey Magbuhos sealed it for Adamson.
JR Dela Rosa and Fran Asuncion scored 20 and 14 points for AMA who remained winless in the Seniors Group A Division.
In other games, the NU Bulldogs eked out a win against Diliman College side, 89-87.
With NU hanging on to a three-point lead, Diliman’s Robbie Darang knocked down a three-pointer to knot the count at 86-all with 47.4 seconds remaining.
After a timeout, Jayson Puray answered back with a trey of his own to give the lead back to the Bulldogs, 89-86.
From there, the Blue Dragons failed to capitalize on their opportunities as John Mahari went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and Kevine Gandjeto missed a short stab in the ensuing possessions.
Patrick Yu led the Jeff Napa-mentored squad with 12 points while Jayson Puray scored 11.
Kevine Gandjeto and Robbie Darang finished with 15 markers each for Diliman College while Abdulaye Niang chipped in 12.
The Adamson’s junior division squad also did their job by edging the AMA Junior Titans, 79-74, to remain unbeaten in the Group B standings.
The UAAP club heavily relied on Jake Figueroa who poured in 12 of his 24 points in the final frame, as they almost squandered their lead after leading for the most part of the game.
Christian Germino led the scoring for AMA with 21 markers, while forwards Alec Catorce and Earl Ceniza tallied 14 and 12 respectively.