The chase to the Final Four has ended for the Adamson Soaring Falcons.
Despite a late-game surge, Adamson absorbed its second straight defeat following a close loss against the FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After trailing by as much as 12, the Soaring Falcons crawled back into the game by holding the Tamaraws to just six points in the last eight minutes. They were able to inch to as close as two, 62-60, before finally bowing down against FEU.
The Soaring Falcons never scored 20 points on each of the quarters as they struggled shooting all afternoon long. They only converted 24 out of their 83 shots, including only two triples in 27 attempts. They also missed seven out of their 17 free throws in the game.
The Soaring Falcons were able to draw closer by outplaying the Tamaraws on other facets of the game. Adamson forced FEU to commit 22 turnovers which led to 18 points on the other end. They also outrebounded FEU, 54-53, thanks to their 22 offensive boards.
Jerrick Ahanmisi, Lenda Douanga, and Aaron Fermin led the Falcons in scoring with 10 points apiece. Douanga also topped all rebounders with 22 in the game, leading to another double-double performance for the Falcons’ main big man. Jerom Lastimosa added nine markers while Simon Camacho, AP Manlapaz and Joem Sabandal combined for 15 points in a losing effort.
L-Jay Gonzales led the Tamaraws to the win with an all-around performance. He contributed 11 points, eight rebounds, and three assists to keep his team’s Final Four bid alive this season. Ken Tuffin and Wendell Comboy added 11 points and seven rebounds apiece as the ten Tamaraws contributed at least a field goal in the victory.
The loss eliminated Adamson from the Final Four race with a 4-8 record. With two more games on the schedule, the Soaring Falcons will seek to end the season on a high note against UST and DLSU.