One by one, De La Salle University is eliminating the greatest threat to its dominance this season.
After deflating defending champion Far Eastern University, the Archers took their mayhem to the National University Bulldogs, and recently the rejuvenated Adamson University for a spotless 5-0 record in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament.
Falcon rookie Jerrick Ahanmisi said they got out of Franz Pumaren’s system and La Salle took advantage of that en route to a 91-75 win.
Adamson enjoyed a slim four-point lead in the opening quarter but the Archers quickly turned things around behind Ben Mbala’s 15 first half points, on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting. He finished the game with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
“We just got lost in our system. We weren’t following our system. The first half and the second we just kind of fell off,” Ahanmisi said.
Ahanmisi admitted the Falcons felt a little bit nervous heading into the big game at the MOA Arena on Saturday.
“Coming into the game we were a little bit of nervous but at the same time we were also excited.”
Ahanmisi led the Falcons’ offense and had 14 points, but expressed his disatisfaction with the way things turned out.
“I’m not satisfied [with my game] because we didn’t win so maybe if we won I would’ve been,” he said.
“My teammates got me the ball when I could’ve got the ball and got the shots. I tried my best to knock it down as best that I could, tonight it just didn’t work out for us,” he added.
The young guard though was happy with the support Adamson has been getting lately and promised to refocus when they face University of the East next Sunday.
“It was ecxciting for me because all of the fans were there and I just think that next game we just got to come back with more fire, play together,” Ahanmisi said. – By John Chester Fajardo