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New boys Hill, Lojera, Zaldivar impress in debuts

Even with their loss against the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, Adamson University Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren liked what he saw from his new recruits.

“My rookies really gave a good account of themselves,” said Pumaren. “I was surprised. You see the potential in Tyrus Hill, Kurt Lojera, Pong Zaldivar.”

Hill, despite only scoring six points, grabbed six boards and led the team in blocks with three before fouling out. The 6-foot-5 forward and his athleticism was instrumental in filling in for the injured Papi Sarr, who was nursing a groin inury.

Lojera, for his part, ended up leading Adamson in scoring for the game as he stepped up for his struggling squad. The 6-foot-1 swingman out of California ended up with 11 points, three rebounds and was opportunistic in the passing lanes as he tallied three steals.

For Zaldivar, a home-grown big man from the Adamson Baby Falcons program, he finished with 10 points along with five boards. The 6-foot-3 bruiser, along with Lojera, connived to unleash a 9-2 rally that cut the lead to nine points in the fourth quarter.

“I think this is a good jumping point for them,” Pumaren said of his boys. “At least this will give them a good momentum.”

Adamson’s next assignment will be the Uninversity of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers on September 16, Saturday at 4 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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