Lady Falcons falter late vs sweet-shooting Joson, Ateneo

Date Posted: November 8, 2023 at 02:46 PM

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The Lady Falcons suffered another defeat in the UAAP 86 Women’s Basketball Tournament, this time failing to sustain their lead against Ateneo de Manila University, 61-69, November 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. 

Adamson established an early lead in the first frame, which they maintained until the end of the first half at 38-35.  

Ateneo leaned on the hot shooting of graduating guard Jhazmin Jhoson who buoyed her team with seven conversions from three to enter the second half of the game only down by three. Joson finished with the new tournament season-high 32 points. 

The Lady Falcons then failed to sustain their momentum in the third frame as the duo of leading MVP candidate Kacey Dela Rosa and ADMU foreign student athlete Sarah Makanjuola asserted will in the post and eventually sealed the game. 

Adamson launched one final run in the final frame, scoring back-to-back triples to trim the deficit to three with more than two minutes left, but fell short as Ateneo went on a six-point counter run led by Dela Rosa and Makanjuola. 

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With the loss, Adamson dropped to 3-8 with three games left in their campaign. 

Cheska Apag, once again, delivered an excellent showing, posting 18 points and eight rebounds while Elaine Etang tallied 11 markers, eight boards, and four assists. Victoria Adeshina, on the other hand, had 10 points and five rebounds.  

Adamson will try to bounce back as they play UST this November 12 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. 


The Scores: 

AdU 61 – Apag 18, Etang 11, Adeshina 10, Limbago 8, Dampios 6, Alaba 3, Agojo 2, Padilla 2, Bajo 1, Cortez 0, Dumelod 0, Meniano 0. 

Ateneo 69 – Joson 32, Dela Rosa 17, Makanjoula 10, Calago 6, Solis 3, Villacruz 1, Eufemanio 0, Cancio 0, Gastador 0. 

Quarter Scores: 18-14, 38-35, 47-51, 61-69.