DLSU thumped Adamson because of ‘coaching, execution, defense’ not because of referees’ cooking
Basketball savant Quinito Henson doesn’t see anything sinister in the Adamson Falcons’ heartbreaking loss to the DLSU Green Archers last Saturday.
“Coaching, execution and defense decided the outcome, nothing else,” wrote Henson on Instagram who has come out to defend his alma mater from the barrage of negative reactions that referees “helped” DLSU to overcome a 15-point deficit to beat Adamson and clinch the first UAAP 80 finals slot.
“I am quite sad that instead of recognizing the efforts of young players in refusing to lose and pushing themselves to the limit, some quarters choose to blame others for blowing what looked like a won game until a 4th quarter collapse,” he added.
Adamson Coach Franz Pumaren fumed after failing to force a rubber match with its 75-82 loss to the Archers claiming it was the “worst officiating” he has ever seen and that even his La Salle friends were embarrassed by how the game was officiated.
Henson acknowledged the main bone of contention raised by Pumaren and other critics that DLSU had 39 free throw attempts in the game compared to Adamson’s 5 and explained the reason for the yawning gap.
“The disparity in free throws was a result of Adamson’s aggressive press and collapsing on Ben and La Salle not fouling 3 pt shooters … Adamson didn’t complain when they led by 15 in the 3rd period and by 9 to start the 4th,” said Henson.
Henson said the Archers “wore down” the Falcons in the fourth quarter as they resorted to hoisting threes in the face of fierce Archers’ rally who closed out the final 10 minutes with a 28-12 run.
“They got tired because they weren’t paced because Adamson was exhausted. The refs didn’t decide the outcome,” said Henson.
Henson said “there were missed calls on both sides throughout the game and the disparity in free throws was a result of Adamson’s aggressive press and collapsing on Ben and La Salle not fouling 3 point shooters.”
La Salle came back from 15 pts down to beat Adamson 82-75 in the UAAP at Araneta tonight … Archers wore down the Falcons and took the 4th period 28-12 to close out with a flourish … the win lifted La Salle to the best-of-3 finals against either Ateneo or FEU … Ben Mbala led La Salle with 27 pts 14 rebs and Santi Santillan delivered 15 pts 8 rebs … Ricci Rivero had 14 pts 6 rebs 6 assts … Coach Aldin Ayo cited Abu Tratter's flare screen that led to Jolo Go's triple late in the game as a key to the turnaround … Adamson buried 11 3s to only 2 by La Salle but the Archers dominated the free throws 26-of-39 to just 2-of-5 for the Falcons … La Salle grabbed more rebs 50-35 but commiited 3 more turnovers 22-19 … congrats to La Salle for making it to the finals for the 2nd straight year and to Adamson for playing tough until the end! @dlsu @benmbala @ricci06rivero @leonardsanti25 #uaapbasketballseason80
I am quite sad that instead of recognizing the efforts of young players in refusing to lose and pushing themselves to the limit, some quarters choose to blame others for blowing what looked like a won game until a 4th quarter collapse in La Salle's 82-75 win over Adamson in the UAAP last Saturday–Adamson was up 15 in the 3rd quarter and 9 entering the 4th–nobody complained as the Falcons hit 9-of-23 from beyond the arc compared to the Archers' 0-of-15 in the 1st 3 periods … during that span, Adamson had more fastbreak pts 14-2 and more fouls 24-9 as La Salle shot 18-of-25 free throws and the Falcons 2-of-5–the disparity in free throws is explained by how both teams played–Adamson shot a lot of 3s and had a big edge in fastbreak pts–La Salle kept attacking inside with Ben Mbala and drew lots of fouls as Archers made sure they didn't foul 3-pt shooters or players hitting transition layups–at the half, coach Aldin Ayo scolded his players for lacking in defensive intensity, probably because La Salle had a twice to beat advantage and said beating Adamson was more important than beating Ateneo in the 2nd round–in the 4th period, the Archers turned things around–Kib Montalbo hounded Jerrick Ahanmisi and held him to 1-of-4 field goals–one of Ahanmisi's corner triples hit the side of the board–Rob Manalang missed a wide open 3 and also went 1-of-4 in the 4th … because Adamson pressed from the start, the Falcons gassed out in the end … coach Aldin sent Abu Tratter to double the ballhandler in the perimeter, disrupting the Falcons flow and Adamson couldn't adjust–Archers were fresher and played more efficiently down the stretch–coach Aldin did a solid job of turning on the heat as the Falcons imploded–in the 4th, Adamson shot 15.4% from 3 pt range and had 13 attempts compared to 8 2 pt tries–Aljun Melecio shot all his 7 pts in the 4th and even as he was the smallest man on the floor, picked up 2 offensive rebounds from missed free throws and scored—-the Falcons bigs were too tired to contest him … in the 4th, La Salle outrebounded Adamson 20-7 and had more assists 6-2–defense execution coaching made the difference, nothing else @dlsugreenarchers