Veteran Jerrick Ahanmisi led the way for Adamson University as the Falcons got their second straight win in the 82nd Season of the UAAP with a 91-80 decision over the UE Red Warriors Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Showing his marksmanship, Ahanmisi caught fire with 28 points, including 7-of-14 from beyond the arc. Jerom Lastimosa put up an all-around game of 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists while Val Chauca netted 13 points.
After losing their opening game, last year's Final Four team earned back-to-back wins for a 2-1 record. Coach Franz Pumaren, however, said that they still have a long way to go.
"Well, this is our third game. We're really struggling right now chemistry-wise, even if we [won second straight] for that matter we're still trying to figure out the right combinations, chemistry," said Pumaren. "Hopefully this game can really help us adjust in the next few games."
As a team, the Falcons only shot 37 percent but got the edge in the rebounding department, 59-45. Ahanmisi's production, as well as the control of the boards, gave them enough leeway for their 16 turnovers.
"And of course you have to give credit to UE. They really played well. I think this is one of their best games in the last three games," said Pumaren.
For the Red Warriors, it was their transferees who took the charge. Rey Suerte poured in 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Jed Mendoza put up 17 points while John Apacible added 15. UE kept within striking distance late in the game but did not have enough firepower in the closing moments. UE, who now owns a 0-3 record, was also without big man Alex Diakhite due to illness.
Adamson now shifts its focus to a familiar foe in the UP Fighting Maroons as its next opponent on Sunday. Last season, the Falcons lost twice in the Final Four and failed to reach the championship round.
"Like coach Franz said I don't think we're at the best [with] the way we play yet," said Ahanmisi. "I think we're still going to get there in time, but today was a really good win for us."
ADAMSON 91 -- Ahanmisi 28, Lastimosa 16, Chauca 13, Douanga 11, Fermin 5, Bernardo 4, Camacho 4, Magbuhos 4, Orquez 4, Yerro 2, Flowers 0, Manlapaz 0, Mojica 0, Zaldivar 0.
UE 80 -- Suerte 20, Mendoza 17, Apacible 15, Conner 13, Manalang 5, Tolentino 4, Abanto 3, Antiporda 3, Beltran 0, Cruz 0, Sawat 0.
Quarters: 19-21, 44-38, 66-57, 91-80.