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Adamson kicks off its second round campaign with a loss against UE

The Soaring Falcons started the second round on the wrong foot as they bowed down to the University of the East Red Warriors, 80-74.

Not even Adamson’s patented press defense contained UE’s offensive 1-2 punch, as Alex Diakhite and Rey Suerte accounted for 55 of UE’s points. The Senegalese big man feasted inside the paint en route to his best game in the UAAP so far. He scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while playing all but two minutes of the game. Suerte added 26 points and seven rebounds as coach Lawrence Chongson’s version of ‘Kobe-Shaq duo’ led the Red Warriors to their third victory in the season.

It was a tug-of-war affair in the first half with Adamson and UE exchanging haymakers. The Soaring Falcons opened the game with a 14-4 run which was capped by Val Chauca’s triple off the fastbreak. The Red Warriors then countered with a 14-6 barrage to keep the score close to end the first canto, 22-18.

Adamson clamped down on defense to make another surge in the second frame. They forced UE to commit six turnovers in that quarter alone to build their largest lead in the game, 36-25. Just when coach Franz Pumaren’s squad looked like it had the game in the bag, UE answered back with a 6-0 run to reduce the lead to five at the end of the first half, 36-31.

It was all downhill for the Falcons in the second half. UE finally took control of the match with a 21-8 run to turn a four-point deficit midway through the third quarter into a nine-point lead in the fourth, 56-65. Chauca and Jerrick Ahanmisi rallied back Adamson to within one point, 68-69, before UE countered with another run to put the game away. The Red Warriors never surrendered the lead from then on.

Lenda Douanga led Adamson’s starters with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Jerom Lastimosa chipped in 16 points off the bench to tie Douanga as the team’s leading scorers. Chauca was held down to a single-digit output for the first time this season with nine points but converted five assists.

With their third straight loss, Adamson fell to sixth in the standings with a 3-5 record. They’re now tied with the Red Warriors, who put together its first win streak of the season.

The Soaring Falcons will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles on Wednesday, October 9 at the Araneta Coliseum.

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