THE Adamson Baby Falcons banked on the big plays of two-year veteran Gerry Abadiano in the first period to lead them to a 130-47 smothering of University of the East, 130-47, Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.
The 6’0” small forward struck hard in the first two quarters, scored big points with top scorer Florencio Serrano and their efforts helped the Baby Falcons complete a first-round sweep of the 79th University Athletic Association of the Philippines juniors’ basketball tournament.
“Nagawa ko iyung small things na pinagawa ni coach, lalo na sa rebounds at sa scoring,” said Abadiano, a 12th grader.
The Baby Falcons, who are fearsome this season with their tall roster, went on to post the season’s biggest winning margin of 83-points--their seventh straight win.
Serrano had a double-double outing of 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Baby Falcons, while teammate Jason Celis chipped in 20.
“Hard work paid off. Nu’ng nag-press ang team, maganda ang naging outcome,” said Adamson coach Goldwin Monteverde.
Jason Celis added 18 points for the Baby Falcons, who stayed ahead of the defending champion National University Bullpups.
The Baby Falcons got off to a hot start and took a 38-12 spread in the first period.
Abadiano’s drive, triple and two charities in the last 4:19 helped push Adamson to a 26-4 advantage.
They took a 20-point edge off Flores’ putback with 3:50 left.
In other games, the Bullpups waylaid University of the Philippines Integrated School, 95-61, with Rhayyan Amsali hitting a game-high 16 points.
The Bulpups improved to second with a 6-1 card.
Far Eastern University, led by Eric Jabel with 16, downed University of Santo Tomas, 87-76, for its fifth victory in seven matches in third spot.
Ateneo, with Romulo Berjay showing the way with 15, prevailed over De La Salle-Zobel, 64-57, capture its fourth win in seven games to remain in fourth.
The Junior Maroons and the Junior Archers fell to 2-5 in joint fifth, while the Junior Warriors and the Tiger Cubs remained at the bottom of the standings with identical 1-6 records.
Second round action resumes on Jan. 14 after a month-long holiday break.