Fiery NU dumps Adamson, 62-25
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. – UP vs UST
4 p.m. – La Salle vs Adamson
National University forced Adamson to establish a modern day record for futility after cruising to a massive 62-25 win that gave the Bulldogs the solo lead in the UAAP basketball tournament yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bulldogs got an early boost from former national youth player J-Jay Alejandro, who fired seven of his game-high 13 points in the first half that saw the Falcons scoring just three points in the opening period and finishing the half with only 11 markers.
NU kept on building the lead in the second half as Adamson continued to struggle. Typifying Adamson’s difficulty of scoring was it suffered droughts of about four to eight minutes per quarter.
Adamson even failed to score at least 10 points each period, setting a record for the lowest output since the league’s statistics were computerized in 2003.
The Falcons’ 25-point output was six more than what University of the Philippines scored against Far Eastern University in the first UAAP game after World War II.
UP lost to FEU, 31-19, on Aug. 4, 1946 at the University of Santo Tomas gym.
UP’s output almost 68 years ago came at the time when the shot clock was not yet invented.
The score even astonished NU Coach Eric Altamirano, who entered the game expecting Adamson to give them a stiff challenge similar to last Saturday’s 50-49 loss to UST.
“When we watched Adamson’s last two games, they were really shooting the ball well,” said Altamirano.
Don Trollano, back from a one-game suspension, was the topscorer with seven points for Adamson, which dropped to a tie with UP for last place at 0-4.
Adding to Adamson’s woes was its 16-percent shooting or a 9-of-57 shooting clip, setting a modern day record for the lowest percentage by a team in a game.
Earlier, FEU found a way to decode the dreaded full court press of University of the East to post a 73-63 victory for its second straight win.
The Tamaraws survived a maze of errors against the Red Warriors in the first quarter, before Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, Anthony Hargrove and Achie Iñigo led a turnaround in the second half to tie Ateneo for second at 3-1.