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Adrian Manlapaz steps up for Adamson veterans


UP may have won the match, but Adamson did not back down until the final buzzer.

The Adamson community could thank rookie Adrian Manlapaz for keeping the team afloat, especially in overtime during Sunday’s game.

The San Marcelino-based university scored six of his 17 points in extra period to gain an 82-75 lead with less than two and half minutes remaining.

However, Bright Akhuetie and the rest of the Fighting Maroons also rallied and stole the victory away from them.

“Nagkulang lang ng puso nung huli. Parang nag-break down yung mga veterans namin,” said Manlapaz.

“Pero sabi nga ni coach, mahaba pa naman yung season kaya pwedeng-pwede pa kaming makabawi,” he added.

Still, Adamson could have faltered easily if it wasn’t for the former Baby Falcons standout, as gunner Jerrick Ahanmisi was limited to just seven points.

For Manlapaz, he just only proved what he is capable of and he also assured to coach Franz Pumaren that he could also be relied on in the following games to come.

“Kanina po, gusto ko lang bumawi sa mga last games kasi wala akong napapakita. Dahil dun, taalgang parang nagkusa po ako,” he shared.

“Dahil po rito, sana nag-start na talagang ma-boost yung confidence ko sa mga darating na games namin.”

We see you, Manlapaz!