When you're good and at the same time you're lucky that could only mean you're unstoppable. That's what the Adamson Falcons appeared to be in their game yesterday against the relentless DLSU Green Archers in the UAAP Season 74 Men's Basketball Wars. The Finals score was 66-58 in favor of the Falcons.
With their bounce back win, they are now tied with FEU in the Team Standings with a 4-2 win-loss record. DLSU on the other hand will go down in the team standings with a 3-3 win-loss record.
As you can see in the quarter scores, 21-13, 35-23, 49-45, 66-58, DLSU never led in this ball game. Adamson took hold of the driver seat in all of the quarters. Adamson used their height and athleticism against the shorter Green Archers. Alex Nuyles for instance, took advantage of Simon Atkin's shorter height. He attacked his defense in several instances. It resulted to free throw shots and more importantly he lured the leader of the Archers to foul trouble. Nuyles had a dominating performance because of his impact in the game. He didn't score that much, he only had 12 points, but he showed that he can create intangible situations that will benefit his team.
Aside from having a great sense of finding the mismatches on the offensive end, Adamson was also saved by their two outside shooters Janus Lozada and Lester Alvarez. They were able to carry their team despite their other teammates' poor shooting.
Adamson shot only 29.5% from the field. A large chunk of that 29.5 percent shooting came from the crucial shots of Lozada and Alvarez. Lozada all in all scored 14 points while their ace point guard, Alvarez scored 18 points.
In the 3rd quarter, DLSU made a big run that cut the lead of Adamson to 4 points, 49-45, but in the 4th quarter, La Salle suddenly made some erroneous lay-ups that gave the win to Adamson. Take note, Sam Marata and LA Revilla had free lay-ups but they missed those freebies. It was as if the game was not destined for them.
At the end of the ball game, Adamson's long time coach, Leo Austria jubilantly said:
"I think this is my luckiest day. Sabi ko nga, 'Oh God, thank you for giving me an early Christmas gift. This is a very important win for us. It's a good morale-booster for us coming into the second round."
Here are the scores courtesy of uaapsports.studio23.tv:
Adamson (66) - Alvarez 18, Lozada 14, Nuyles 12, Camson 11, Etrone 4, Manyara 3, Brondial 2, Canada 2, Colina 0, Cabrera 0
La Salle (58) - Torres 14, Andrada 11, Marata 9, Vosotros 6, Tampus 4, Dela Paz 4, Villanueva 4, Revilla 2, Parededs 2, Atkins 2, Van Opstal 0, Webb 0, Mendoza 0
Quarters: 21-13, 35-23, 49-45, 66-58