Baby Falcons put up scare vs NSNU streak, drop first UAAP game since pandemic shutdown

Date Posted: January 19, 2023 at 01:33 PM

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The Baby Falcons nearly made an opening day upset but a fourth quarter collapse led them to bow to reigning titlists Nazareth School of National University, 76-79, at the UAAP 85 Boys’ Basketball Tournament held at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan, January 15.

Adamson led 61-49 after three periods, but a 15-30 Bullpup barrage in the final canto gave them their first defeat of the season.

The win was NSNU’s 28th straight victory, spanning from their dynastic run in UAAP 81.

A furious NSNU run cut the Baby Falcons’ lead to two, 72-70, with a little more than three minutes to go.

AdU’s Justine Garcia then traded buckets with NSNU stalwarts Reinhard Jumamoy and RJ Colonia before the Bullpups closed out the game off a split from Colonia.

Garcia paced the Baby Falcons with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Carlo Bonzalida delivered 14 markers and nine boards.


Quarter Scores: 17-12, 45-38, 61-49, 76-79,

Adamson 76 -- Garcia 17, Bonzalida 14, Sajili 10, Reyes 9, Medina 9, Rosillo 7, Edding 3, Carillo 3, Mepaña 2, Culdura 2, Abayon 0, De Jesus 0, Perez 0.

NSNU 79 -- Jumamoy 19, Colonia 14, Clarito 12, Alfanta 11, Herrera 10, Timbang 5, Tagotongan 3, Yusi 3, Perciano 2, Solomon 0, Usop 0.