Determined to end their season on a strong note, the DLSU Green Archers overwhelmed the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 89-63, to cap off their run in UAAP Season 82 Wednesday at the SM MOA Arena.
Jamie Malonzo had a spectacular outing in his last game in the collegiate ranks, pouring in 34 points, the most by any player this season. He went 7-of-12 from beyond the arc and pulled down 12 rebounds in an all-around effort for La Salle. Justine Baltazar also had a double-double of 14 points and 13 boards.
Coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of the UP Fighting that booted them out of the Final Four picture, the Green Archers came out with an edge. They stormed to a 25-12 advantage after the first 10 minutes and never relinquished their lead.
"I'm just glad we got the win for our captain. I think our team that was the most important part," Malonzo said as the Green Archers laid it out for graduating guard Andrei Caracut. "I'm just glad we were able to pull it off."
Team captain Caracut tallied 14 points and six assists in his last game for La Salle. It was a bounce-back performance for the veteran after going scoreless against UP.
"I didn't expect that we were going to play like this, especially coming from a loss," Caracut said in Filipino. "I saw that we played well on offense."
Clicking on all cylinders, the Green Archers led by as many as 30 points in the lopsided contest.
Rookie AP Manlapaz had 15 points while Jerom Lastimosa added 10. The Falcons only shot 33 percent and was outrebounded, 63-43.
"Lots of learnings from us," said La Salle head coach Gian Nazario. "Hats off to these two guys (Malonzo and Caracut). "They ended their college careers well."
The Green Archers finished the season with a 7-7 record, good for fifth place, but not enough to enter the semifinals. On the other hand, the Soaring Falcons closed out their year with just 4 wins and 10 losses.
LA SALLE 89 - Malonzo 34, Baltazar 14, Caracut 14, Bartlett 7, Serrano 7, Hill 5, Melecio 3, Laput 3, Lojera 2, Bates 0, Cu 0, Escandor 0, Lim 0, Manuel 0
ADAMSON 63 - Manlapaz 15, Lastimosa 10, Mojica 9, Douanga 6, Ahanmisi 5, Chauca 4, Fermin 4, Sabandal 3, Zaldivar 3, Camacho 2, Yerro 2, Bernardo 0, Capulong 0, Flowers 0, Magbuhos 0, Orquez 0
QUARTERS: 25-12, 50-29, 68-40, 89-63
Adamson's 4-10 record is the worst finish for Franz Pumaren since taking over the head coaching post in 2016.
Andrei Caracut, James Laput, Jamie Malonzo, Keyshawn Meeker played their last game for the Green Archers.
The quartet of Simon Camacho, Val Chauca, Kristian Bernardo, and Egie Mojica will depart Adamson.