MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — Grounded the last time out, Adamson seeks to take flight again and lay its talons on pole position at the halfway mark of UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.
The Falcons, whose red-hot 5-0 start ended with an 85-88 overtime loss to the Far Eastern U Tams last Sunday, gun for a bounce-back win today against La Salle and consequently firm up their lead at 6-1.
Aside from getting a shot at atonement, the Falcons can also use revenge as added motivation in the 4 p.m. match at MOA Arena as the Archers (3-3) were the ones that ousted them in the Final Four of the past two seasons.
“It’s another motivation for us but the bottomline is we have to take care of our own business. Each game is important for us because we want to separate ourselves from the rest of the field,” said AdU’s Franz Pumaren.
With the streak over, Pumaren felt the pressure of maintaining a clean slate is off his wards’ back and they can focus better on the task ahead.
Like AdU, DLSU looks to get back on track after dropping a numbing 55-71 setback to rival Ateneo last Saturday.
“It’s a must-win for us to improve our ranking and we want to finish the first round at the upper half,” said Archers coach Louie Gonzalez, who welcomed the weeklong break before their faceoff with AdU.
A victory will put the Taft-based cagers just one behind the lead, which, in such a scenario, will be shared by FEU, AdU and AdMU.
Host National U (1-5) and University of the East (1-5), meanwhile, slug it out in a battle out of the cellar.
“There’s nowhere to go (but up) but we’ll play better and results will be better. We just have to stay together,” said NU’s Jamike Jarin.
UE failed to sustain the momentum from its 90-65 upset of FEU and fell to UST, 66-80 last Saturday.