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Adamson adds to FEU’s woes, cruises to 2nd win

Juro Morilla
Adamson adds to FEU’s woes, cruises to 2nd win

TOUGH. Vince Magbuhos shakes off an early injury scare to help power Adamson past FEU.


Vince Magbuhos erupts for 7 triples for a career-high 23 points to lead Adamson past a struggling FEU squad

MANILA, Philippines – Adamson piled more misery on winless FEU as the Soaring Falcons hacked out a a 76-65 victory in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, October 12.

Vince Magbuhos set personal records versus the hapless Tamaraws as he erupted for a career-high 23 points built on 7 triples.

The 6-foot-5 hotshot also filled up the stat sheet with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks to complete a scintillating performance for the Falcons, who climbed to a 2-2 tie with La Salle and UE.

Backing up Magbuhos was Jerom Lastimosa, who poured in 13 points while grabbing 9 boards, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Lenda Duoanga also chipped in 10 boards to go along with 7 points for the Falcons.

The Tamaraws, who are on their worst start in 16 years, skidded to their fourth straight loss.

Adamson waxed hot right at the tip-off as they unleashed a 17-4 start behind the scoring exploits of Jm Sabandal, Cedrick Manzano, and Magbuhos, who drained back-to-back three pointers at the halfway mark of the first quarter.

It was a barrage of points from Adamson in the opening 6 minutes, but they had a dry spell towards the end of the quarter which allowed FEU to creep in closer and cut the deficit to 17-8.

The Adamson lull didn’t last long, though, as it opened the second frame with a field goal and even pushed the lead back to 12 points, 23-11, after Manzano’s bucket at the 6:47 mark.

But just like the end of the first quarter, Adamson failed to finish strong and allowed the Tamaraws to claw back into the game with a 10-3 run to reduce the lead to single digits once more, 31-27.

FEU sharpshooter Xyrus Torres, who has been struggling throughout the campaign, had a difficult time knocking baskets at the start of the game, but eventually found his touch in that short spurt. 

He ended the first half with 6 points on a couple of three-point baskets and carried this form in the following half as he continued to drain triples to keep his team afloat in the game.

Lastimosa and Magbuhos, though, nullified Torres’ scoring efforts as they combined for a total of 14 points in the third quarter to erect a 55-41 lead for Adamson entering the final frame.

The Falcons remained hot in the fourth quarter as they even established a 63-47 advantage – their biggest of the game – after another Magbuhos tiple at the 7:27 mark.

Magbuhos then knocked down another three-pointer at the 6:33 mark to reestablish a 16-point lead, 66-50, as the Falcons never looked back and hummed to their second win. 

Patrick Sleat topscored for the Tamaraws with 18 points on an impressive 6-of-12 shooting from the field. He also tallied a rebound, an assist, and 3 steals.

Torres finished with 14 points built on an efficient 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

The Tamaraws will aim for their first victory on Saturday, October 15, as they take on the La Salle Green Archers at 2 pm.

Meanwhile, the Falcons will return to action on the same day as they battle the NU Bulldogs at 4 pm.

The Scores

Adamson 76 – V. Magbuhos 23, Lastimosa 13,  Manzano 8, Douanga 7, Jaymalin 6, Yerro 5, Hanapi 4, Flowers 4, Sabandal 4, Fuentebella 2, Colonia 0, Torres 0, Barasi 0, Barcelona 0, W. Magbuhos 0.

FEU 65 – Sleat 18, Torres 14, Sajonia 8, Alforque 5, Celzo 5, Gonzales 4, Anonuevo 4, Sandagon 4, Tempra 2, Tchuente 1, Bautista 0, Gravera 0, Guibao 0, Bagunu 0.

Quarters: 17-8, 31-27, 55-41, 76-65.

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