For Jerrick Ahanmisi, surviving UST early in the tournament was a good test for Adamson.
Ahanmisi and the rest of the Soaring Falcons struggled to pull away from the Growling Tigers, but an impressive finishing kick he spearheaded proved to be enough as the team scored a 79-71 victory at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Fil-Nigerian sniper poured in nine of his 20 points in the final period, the last two of which was a basket that gave Adamson a 72-64 lead with 5:31 left in the match.
“I think it was a good test for us,” he said. “How we played as a team down the stretch even though we have players who are not 100%. I think we played well.”
Jun Espeleta, who finished with 12 points, echoed Ahanmisi’s statements.
“It was a good game for us. We struggled at times, but we kept our composure and stayed within the system,” he explained. “That’s why we came out with the win.”
The Falcons plunge back into action Wednesday when they take on UP, which has lost its last two games, at 4:00pm at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.