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Adamson never gives up, but La Salle survives to make UAAP Finals

The UAAP’s top 3-point shooting team just couldn’t connect from deep when it mattered most.

Adamson struggled from beyond the arc all throughout a 64-69 loss to La Salle that snuffed out the Soaring Falcons’ UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball campaign Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Gunners Robbie Manalang, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta combined to make just four of 21 triple attempts as the Soaring Falcons saw their Cinderella run come to a screeching halt.

Despite the paltry shooting, the team backed by Akari Lights battled the top-seeded Green Archers from start to finish.

Adamson even took a 51-50 lead entering the final quarter, but an unsportsmanlike foul by Manalang triggered a La Salle run that pushed them ahead, 64-58, midway through the fourth.

The Falcons battled back behind Sean Manganti’s steady free-throw shooting, but the wards of coach Franz Pumaren just couldn’t buy a basket in the final couple of minutes.

Jeron Teng, on the other hand, took charge for the Archers, scoring the team’s last 7 points, including the two free-throws that sealed the Finals seat for rookie coach Aldin Ayo.

Teng led all scorers with 25 points on 56% shooting while UAAP MVP Ben Mbala delivered 21 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Meanwhile, Manganti top scored for Adamson with 13 points, six boards and three assists.

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