The trio of Eric Camson, Roider Cabrera and Jansen Rios struck hard early and led the Adamson Falcons to a 70-54 triumph over the Lyceum Philippines University Pirates last Monday in the 18th Fr. Martin Summer Cup basketball tournament.
Their timely plays in the first half enabled the Falcons to post their sixth consecutive win and earn a quarterfinal slot when action ended at the Pirates’ own home turf at the LPU gymnasium in Intramuros.
The Falcons, who got a game-high 15 points from Camson, are now a triumph away from sweeping Group A.
They could earn the top quarterfinal seat in their bracket if they hurdle the Blue Eagles in their Thursday showdown next week.
In the junior division, the Far Eastern-FERN Baby Tamaraws leaned on crucial baskets by Carl Lumba and Grecco Magbuhos in the last 47 seconds to put away the La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers, 60-53.
With their 6-1 card in Group A, the Baby Tams assured themselves of a semifinals berth, and they are ahead of the San Beda-A Red Cubs (5-0)and the STI Junior Olympians (5-1), who won by forfeiture over the Our Lady of Fatima University Junior Phoenix.
In other junior encounters, Michael Joseph Nieto banged in 12 points for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, who pummeled the National College of Business and Arts Junior Wildcats, 84-33.
The Blue Eaglets improved to 4-1 in Group B, and they stayed in running for the last semis seat with the University of Perpetual Help Altalettes, who blasted the Naga Montessori Titans, 90-56.
Roy Bragat powered the Altalettes to their fourth win in six games with 10 points, while Harvey Alvarez and Jomari Rivera made nine apiece.
The Falcons took charge right in the first period, with Rios making six points as they led, 18-9, in the first 10 minutes.
Camson and Cabrera presided over a 13-5 surge in the last 4:13 of the second canto, and this handed the Falcons a 36-20 halftime lead.