March 05, 2018

Jerrick Ahanmisi waxes hot, leads Akari-Adamson past slumping AMA

Jerrick Ahanmisi tallied 26 points to lead Akari-Adamson to a 100-89 rout of AMA Online Education on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Pasig Sports Center.
The sweet-shooting guard capped his impressive shot-making by going 7-of-8 from threes as the Falcons picked up their fifth win in seven outings.

Cameroonian big man Papi Sarr also made a huge impact, tallying a double-double with 15 points and 18 rebounds to make up for his absence the previous game.

Notwithstanding the lopsided win, coach Franz Pumaren maintains that the Falcons still has a long way to go to reach the level he desires in preparation for the UAAP season.

"We're still groping for form. We're trying to implement new rules and the boys are still adjusting," he said.

Akari-Adamson led by as much as 13-point, 50-37 late in the first half but had to fend off repeated rallies by the Titans.
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AMA pulled within 88-93 on a basket by Jay-R Taganas with 2:25 remaining before Ahanmisi finished the job with a fadeaway jumper and a three-pointer time down to 9.6 seconds.

Robbie Manalang scored 21 points, Carlo Escalambre chipped 14 markers and nine boards while Mac Andaya contributed 15 points, seven rebounds and as many blocks for AMA, which went down to 1-5.

The Scores:

First Game

AKARI-ADAMSON 100 -- Ahanmisi 26, Sarr 15, Lastimosa 11, Camacho 9, Manganti 9, Catapusan 8, Espeleta 8, Pingoy 6, Lojera 4, Mojica 4, Zaldivar 0.
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AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 89 -- Manalang 21, Andaya 15, Escalambre 14, Taganas 14, Martinez 13, Garcia 6, Lao 4, Antonares 2, Paras 0, Salonga 0, Tolentino 0.

Quarters: 22-19, 52-41, 79-68, 100-89.