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John Figueroa shines as Adamson outlasts La Salle Zobel in OT to snap four-game skid

by Niel Victor Masoy, January 26, 2020 6:18pm

John Figueroa just showed why he's a Most Valuable Player (MVP) candidate in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 High School Boys basketball tournament.

With his Adamson team figuring in a four-game skid, Figueroa unleashed 13 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals to power the Baby Falcons to an 89-81 win over the De La Salle Zobel Junior Archers on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The victory pushed Adamson to a 5-6 win-loss card, improving its playoffs chances while also sitting at the fifth spot in the team standings.

But Figueroa did not do it all alone as he drew key contributions from Russell Dominguez and Nicole Quinal.

The duo came through in overtime to keep the Baby Falcons afloat when the Junior Archers were storming back.

La Salle Zobel got within three points, 80-83, following a Firenze Del Mundo split from the line at the 52.3-second mark.

That was when Dominguez and Quinal rose to the occasion, with the former scoring inside to extend Adamson's lead to five points, 85-80, with 45.9 seconds remaining.

After a botched possession by La Salle Zobel, Quinal then buried his two free throws to practically put the Junior Archers away at the 35.8-second mark.

Dominguez finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists as Quinal punched in 11 points, five caroms, and four dimes.

John Erolon also came through, scoring 20 points and five rebounds to help the Baby Falcons avert a total collapse.

Adamson led by as much as 15 points, 25-10, in the first quarter, but La Salle Zobel grinded it out and got within a point, 71-72, following a John Quimado inside incursion with 2:26 left in the fourth period.

Botched possessions then ensued for both teams until Jeremy Guarino had a chance to extend the Baby Falcons' lead to three points. However, Guarino split his charities to push Adamson ahead only by two, 73-71, with 7.5 seconds left.

That paved the way for John Quimado to tie the game by scoring on a drive at the 5-second mark. Adamson then came up empty on the other end as the game went into an extra period.

The Baby Falcons started the overtime with a 10-4 run spiked by Quinal's back-to-back treys and capped by an Erolon layup off a eurostep to take a six-point, 83-77 buffer with 1:43 to go.

A Reynald Tupas layup off a drive a Del Mundo split from the line pulled the Junior Archers within three, 80-83, at the 52.3-second mark.

From there, however, Dominguez and Quinal scored the key points to keep La Salle Zobel at bay and led Adamson to the win.

Quimado paced the Junior Archers with 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while Jon Cudiamat put up 26 points and six caroms.

Tupas put up 13 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists as Ibrahim Omer chipped in 13 points and five rebounds in the loss.

La Salle Zobel is now on the brink of elimination with a 3-8 slate, good for the seventh spot in the standings.


The scores:

AdU 89 - Erolon 20, Dominguez 14, Figueroa 13, Guarino 11, Quinal 11, Barcelona 6, Tulabut 4, Abdulla 3, Dubouzete 3, Cosal 2, Gonzaga 2, Hanapi 0, Nitura 0, Ignacio 0, Timbancaya 0.

DLSZ 81 - Cudiamat 26, Quimado 14, Omer 13, Tupas 13, Unisa 7, Baclaan 3, Del Mundo 3, Luna 2, Macasaet 0, Melecio 0, Milan 0, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 25-13, 36-33, 58-55, 73-73, 89-81.

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