Streaking Baby Falcons end first round with six straight dubs after rout of Ateneo

Date Posted: February 6, 2023 at 04:18 PM

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The Baby Falcons held LeBron Nieto to his season-low, leading to a 77-50 romp of Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP 85 Boys’ Basketball Tournament held last February 5 at the Filoil Ecooil Center in San Juan. 

Adamson limited Nieto, Ateneo’s top scorer, to four points on 1-of-9 shooting, way below his 17.8 points average. 

With the win, the San Marcelino squad also paced themselves with Far Eastern University – Diliman (FEU-D) and Nazareth School of National University (NSNU) in first place at 6-1. 

"Hats off sa mga players. They did a good job doon sa game plan namin against Nieto," head coach Mike Fermin said.  

"We practiced for two days. Yun lang usapan namin na i-limit siya kasi hindi mo naman masi-zero iyan. So, we just have to limit him. Kapag may touch siya, kailangang may tao sa harap. At least, nasunod naman." 

Vince Reyes filled the stat sheet with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Carlo Bonzalida posted 10 markers, six boards, and two dimes. 

Despite being the hottest team in the tournament with a six-game win-streak since dropping their opening day assignment to NSNU, the team remains focused and ready for harder competition for their second-round matchups. 

"Kailangang ma-improve ang defense namin kasi sabi ni coach, kapag dumpensa kami, darating na lang po sa amin ang opensa. Makakapulot naman kami, titira na lang kami. Depensa po talaga ang mahalaga sa amin," Bonzalida said.  
The Baby Falcons open their second round campaign against FEU-D on February 8. 
Quarter Scores: 24-8, 49-20, 63-34, 77-50. 

AdU (77) -- Reyes 16, Bonzalida 10, Medina 9, Rosillo 7, Sajili 7, Perez 6, Carillo 5, Edding 4, Garcia 4, De Guzman 4, De Jesus 3, Culdura 1, Tambauan 1, Manlapaz 0. 
Ateneo (50) -- Ebdane 12, Domangcas 7, Prado 6, De Guzman 6, Tupas 6, Nieto 4, Arada 3, Salandanan 3, Delos Santos 3, Adevoso 0, Aguirre 0, Santiago 0, Urbina 0.