Baby Falcons, Bullpups in KO tiff for UAAP juniors crown

Game Sunday
(Filoil EcoOil Centre)
4 p.m. – AdU vs NUNS (Finals, Game 3)

Adamson and National University Nazareth School dispute the UAAP Season 86 high school boys basketball crown on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Filoil EcoOil Centre.

The Bullpups pulled off a come-from-behind 67-64 victory over the Baby Falcons, who are eyeing to end a 31-year championship wait, last Wednesday after to tie the series at 1-1.

This marks the first time that the Finals series has gone the full route since 2018, when Kai Sotto-led Ateneo defeated NUNS.

The Baby Falcons won the series opener, 77-71.

Although Tebol Garcia, one of the Mythical Team members, rebounded from a three-point outing in Game 1 by scoring 13 points the last time out, Adamson coach Mike Fermin hopes that everyone will step up in the do-or-die.

“Nakabawi siya (Garcia) from last game. Sobrang sama ng laro, nakabawi siya. We have players na absent naman this game, mahirap naman yung ganoon so we need contributions from everybody,” said Fermin.

The Baby Falcons led by as much as 15 points in the second half, but the Bullpups found their rhythm late in the game to live another day.

NUNS coach Kevin de Castro knows that his team will leave everything on the floor to regain the crown it won in 2020.

“Yung Game 3, talagang dog fight ika nga. Winner-take-all. Physicality nandiyan, lahat. And advantage nila eh yung may championship experience sila, kami wala pa. We will try our best. We will give our hearts out,” said De Castro.

Newly-minted season MVP Collins Akowe has been the most consistent player for the Bullpups, as the Nigerian center averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds in the series.
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