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Defense does the work as Adamson stifles UST to go 3-0

Twenty seven turnovers. Twenty nine free points.

Adamson clamped down on defense, forcing UST to cough up the ball repeatedly en route to scoring a 79-71 win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Vince Magbuhos and Simon Camacho typified the Soaring Falcons’ grit on defense, combining for seven steals and three blocks while also contributing 24 points and eight rebounds.

The win allowed Adamson to maintain solo leadership with a 3-0 record entering a tough week that will include games against UP and NU.

Jerrick Ahanmisi led all scorers with 20 points, nine in the fourth quarter when both teams traded gunfire.

Four straight points by Kristian Bernardo gave the Falcons a 68-60 lead early in the final canto, but a triple by Renzo Subido and a basket by Steve Akomo pulled the Tigers within 74-69.

Both squads locked down on defense before Jerom Lastimosa virtually sealed the deal with a buzzer beater with 49.8 seconds left in the match.

Jun Espeleta added 12 points for Adamson, which overcame flat outings from Sean Manganti and Papi Sarr (four points combined) and atrocious shooting from beyond the arc (2/19, 10.5%).

Rookie sensation CJ Cansino led the way for UST with 18 points while Marvin Lee drilled four triples for 16 markers.

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