(Filoil Flying V Centre)
1 p.m. --Adamson vs. NU (M)
4 p.m. -- UST vs. Ateneo (M)
ADAMSON and defending champion Ateneo maintained their top two spots after posting contrasting wins yesterday in the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Sean Manganti delivered the game-winning lay-up in the final 0.7 seconds as the Falcons barely extended their perfect run to four games with a 69-68 squeaker over University of the Philippines.
The Blue Eagles fashioned out another lopsided win, an 89-62 drubbing of winless University of the East in the curtain raiser.
Bright Akhuetie scored the shotclock-beating lay-up that gave the Fighting Maroons a 68-67 advantage with 5.7 seconds left.
Akhuetie would have capped his best game for the season had the Nigerian big man foiled Adamson’s last play.
Manganti had intended for a handoff for Papi Sarr, but his pass was deflected by Akhuetie. Manganti rescued the ball and hit the biggest basket of the afternoon, sending the Falcons gallery into frenzy.
"We survived, that's the bottomline. We were lucky to survive this game," said Adamson mentor Franz Pumaren. "Well, actually, hindi para kay Papi yun. We were there to attack. I think Sean, being too generous, he dropped the pass to Papi. It was tapped and you know, he got it."
It was a sorry loss for UP, which exploded for 29 points and led by as much as 12 in the third period.
“I think it only showed our poise. It only showed that we didn’t panic in spite of those runs that UP made,” said Pumaren.
Manganti finished with 18 points and two assists, Jerrick Ahanmisi had 15 points while Sarr had a double-double outing of 11 points and 11 boards for the Falcons.
Juan Gomez de Liaño finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
Ateneo (89) --Verano 12, Navarro 11, Asistio 9, Mendoza 9, Kouame 8, Ravena 8, Go 7, Nieto Ma. 6, Nieto Mi. 6, Mamuyac 5, Tio 4, Wong 2, Daves 2, Belangel 0, Black 0.
UE (62) – Pasaol 17, Bartolome 12, Conner 8, Manalang 7, Cullar 6, Maloles 6, Varilla 4, Gagate 2, Acuno 0.
Quarterscores: 24-10, 43-31, 68-44, 89-62
AdU (69)-- Manganti 18, Ahanmisi 15, Sarr 11, Espeleta 10, Pingoy 9, Camacho 2, Lastimosa 2, V. Magbuhos 2, Bernardo 0.
UP (68) -- Ju. Gomez de Liaño 21, Akhuetie 20, Ja. Gomez de Liaño 7, Desiderio 6, Manzo 6, Murrell 4, Jaboneta 2, Prado 2, Dario 0, Gozum 0, Lim 0, Tungcab 0, Vito 0.
Quarterscores: 24-16, 30-28, 47-57, 69-68