FLORENCIO Serrano proved his worth for the Adamson Baby Falcons after they stunned the defending champion National University Bullpups, 80-67, Saturday in the 79th University Athletic Association of the Philippines junior basketball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.
Serrano, a transferee from Jose Escaler National High School in Apalit, Pampanga, led with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Baby Falcons as they soared to their third straight win.
This allowed then Baby Falcons to grab the solo lead, while the Bullpups dropped to a three-way tie for second spot with their 2-1 slate with University of the Philippines Integrated School and the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws.
The 17-year-old Serrano drilled in 12 points in the first period as the Baby Falcons moved away 28-8 in the start of the second canto.
They stunned the Bullpups with their 17-0 blast in the opening quarter and nursed a 38-29 edge at halftime.
Meanwhile, the FEU Baby Tams bounced back from a setback to the Baby Falcons with a 77-73 stopping of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets.
Kenji Roman shot 16 points and LJ Gonzales provided 13 for the Baby Tams.
The Baby Maroons, with Juan Gomez de Liano making 24 points and 11 rebounds, stopped University of the East, 95-63.
The La Salle Zobel Junior Archers, who drew 19 points from Astrolave Vista, posted their first win in putting away University of Santo Tomas, 64-58.