Sunday, 18 November 2012 12 Comments
Adamson Falcons and UST Growling Tigers edged out separate rivals to set their winner-take-all match in the Sweet 16 round of Philippine Collegiate Champions League Sunday afternoon at the San Juan Arena.
The scorching Falcons soared higher as they dethroned 2011 PCCL champion San Sebastian Golden Stags, 88-79, behind the explosion of Jericho Cruz.
The rookie guard Cruz finished with a career-high 37 points with seven rebounds and four assists, while veterans Rodney Brondial and Roider Cabrera added 20 and 13 markers, respectively.
It has been a great run for the Falcons, who ended the 75th season of UAAP at sixth place, as they stretch their winning streak to seven. The team went through the backdoor, Metro Manila Qualifying round and is now a win away from making it to the next round.
Meanwhile, UAAP runner-up -the UST Growling Tigers escaped the late comeback of their sister school and NCAA second placer Letran Knights, 78-73.
Karim Abdul played all around for UST and scattered 14 markers, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals, including a crucial post move that ended the run of Letran.
After back-to-back baskets from Kevin Ferrer that put UST on top with 14 points, 71-57, the España-based squad seemed to be relaxed and let their guards down.
The Knights took advantage from the lapses of their opponents and erected a 12-0 run highlighted by a trey from Ramon Pantin to come close within two points, 69-71.
However Melo Afuang stop the bleeding for the Tigers sinking a lay-up, followed by a power move from Abdul, 75-70, en route to the victory.
The Intramuros-based ballers played without their scoring ace- Kevin Alas.
The final game for Luzon-Metro Manila bracket between UST and Adamson will be played today 4 p.m. at the same venue, with the winner joining UAAP and NCAA titlist Ateneo de Manila University, San Beda Red Lions and CESAFI champion Southwestern University in a round robin format of the semifinals.
AdU 88 – Cruz 37, Brondial 20, Cabrera 13, Monteclaro 10, Julkipli 4, Rios 4, Mendoza 0, Cabigas 0, Agustin 0, Trollano 0, Petillos 0, Abrigo 0, Bernabe 0
SSC 79 – Pascual 26, Sangalang 16, Dela Cruz 16, Miranda 9, Maiquez 7, Antipuesto 4, Gusi 1, Rebullos 0, Juico 0, Balucanag 0, Vitug 0
Quarter scores: 18-15, 38-40, 63-62, 88-79
UST 78 – Teng 19, Ferrer 15, Abdul 14, Daquioag 9, Mariano 7, Lo 6, Afuang 4, Vigil 2, Fortuna 2, Haingan 0, Pe 0, Garrido 0, Bautista 0, Tan 0
CSJL 73 – Racal 16, Cortes 15, Almazan 12, Lituania 11, Cruz 6, Pantin 6, Alas 5, Gabawan 2, Gabriel 0, Luib 0
Quarter scores: 17-16, 38-34, 56-51, 78-73