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Adamson seals quarters slot, devours CSB

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THE College of Saint Benilde Blazers were unfortunate victims of the Adamson Falcons’ ire.

A few days after a frustrating game in Morayta, Manila, the Falcons vented their dissatisfaction on the hapless Blazers en route to a 65-58 win last June 4, 2008 at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Falcons, who lost to Mapua in a knockout game at the Nike Summer League, 59-64, at the FEU gym last May 31, started the game with a bang as they outscored the Blazers in the first three quarters to finish the elimination round with a 5-2 win-loss slate in Group A.

“We are all frustrated with the way the referees handled our game against Mapua, but I told the players to forget that nightmare here in this game,� said Falcons tactician Leo Austria. “It seems the players responded well tonight against Saint Benilde to bury that experience.�

“We even wrote a letter to the Nike game officials, expressing how disappointed we are [with] the referees,� he added. “The referees denied our chances. It was not Mapua. We cannot turn it back now, all we want is we don’t want it to happen again.�

Adamson took a 15-6 lead at the end of first quarter, with Michael Galinato, Junard Yambot and Allan Santos spearheading the Falcons’ early scoring run.

The San Marcelino-based dribblers sustained their early lead with a 15-12 run to close the half at 30-18. Guard Paul Gonzalgo scored six of his team-high 11 points in the third quarter to help the Falcons post their biggest lead, 40-22, with 5:11 to go.

The Blazers attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to six with about three minutes to go in the game. Adamson guard Aldrin Margallo came up big in the final canto, however, netting seven of his 11 points in the payoff period to condemn CSB to its fifth loss in seven outings.

Point guard Lester Alvarez contributed 10 points and five assists while Galinato chalked up nine markers and grabbed seven boards.

“We are now in the quarterfinals and we have a chance to become No. 1 also if we keep playing hard and tough basketball,� Austria added.

Gary Sevilla led CSB with 20 points, but was the only Blazer in double figures.

Individual Scores:

Adamson 65: Margallo 11, Gonzalgo 11, Alvarez 10, Galinato 9, Santos 6, Lozada 4, Agustin 4, Yambot 4, Nuyles 2, Lapitan 2, Olalia 2.

CSB 58: Sevilla 20, Porras 8, Dalanon 5, de la Paz 5, Johnston 4, David 4, Morial 4, Umlas 3, Manlapaz 2, Montecastro 2.

Quarter Scores: 15-6, 30-18, 46-32, 65-58

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