After their game against UP, Soaring Falcons gunners Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jerom Lastimosa were the last players out of the locker room, possibly mulling over the late game mistakes that ultimately cost them the game. Redemption is not gained through words, but through action, and they definitely walked their talk with a character building 78 – 71 win over the streaking UST Growling Tigers.
Right from the tip off, Jerrick Ahanmisi wanted to make up for his 7-point outing in the last game, quickly putting up points for Adamson. Instead of attacking on isolation plays, Jerrick moved off-ball and ran his man off as many screens as he could before curling toward the basket for floaters and layups. It didn’t take too long for him to shake off the poor shooting performance he had last game, putting his 0 of 6 three point shooting behind him with a corner triple to spread the floor for Adamson in the first quarter.
In a matter of 10 minutes, Ahanmisi had erased any doubts about his scoring ability, having put up 15 points at the end of the first quarter. Jerrick Ahanmisi finished the game with 24 points on 9 of 19 shooting from the field adding 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Despite Ahanmisi’s hot shooting, the Soaring Falcons still struggled to score against UST who was making it rain from three point country. With less than 3 minutes left in the game Adamson was staring down a 10-point deficit without much momentum going their way.
But the Soaring Falcons continued to battle to cut the lead, bringing it to within 4, capitalizing on UST’s missed shots and attacking on transition. With 1:19 left in the game, Valandre Chauca stepped up to the plate to make the big play, draining a triple off the pass from Ahanmisi to cut the lead to a solitary point.
More defensive pressure forced UST to cough the ball up yet again as they were missing their offensive anchor Rhenz Abando who was sidelined due to a thigh injury late in the fourth quarter. For the go-ahead, Valandre Chauca was sent to the line where he drained both charities to take the lead 72 — 71. Jerrick Ahanmisi converted a fastbreak layup to push the lead further from UST’s reach.
Valandre Chauca finished the game with 18 points 6 rebounds and 9 assists to lead a 16 – 0 run that sealed the victory for the Soaring Falcons. This win puts them in the middle of a scramble for 2nd place in the rankings with a 3-2 win-loss record.
The Soaring Falcons will need the same kind of production from Ahanmisi and Chauca while hoping the other players contribute as well when they face DLSU on Saturday.
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