Heroes everywhere

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil With their unbeaten streak under threat, the Falcons found an unlikely hero in Simon Camacho to subdue the hard fighting National U Bulldogs, 63-58, Saturday for their fifth straight victory at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Three days after Sean Manganti hit a buzzer beater to stun University of the Philippines, it was Camacho’s turn to grab the spotlight, stringing up eight straight points in the final period that allowed Adamson to build enough cushion in the endgame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I just wanted to give the team energy,” said the 22-year-old forward who hails from Maragondon, Cavite. “My role in the team is a defensive player so I’m happy that I’m able to convert on offense.”The Falcons once again showed signs of vulnerability when they allowed the youthful Bulldogs to close in at three points with under a minute remaining before Manganti knocked down pressure packed foul shots with 17.8 seconds left to seal the win. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ateneo pulled away in the second period, using a 22-8 blitz for a 33-16 bubble at the halfway mark of the second period on its way to a fourth win in five outings.Much like UP, Pumaren expected the Bulldogs to come out strong after losing to Ateneo last week.“Basically like what I anticipated, in the game against UP, coming from a bad game they really played hard, same thing with NU,” said Pumaren. “They had a one week game preparation for us and I anticipated that they’ll be coming out strong.”But Pumaren is glad that a player like Camacho is seizing his moment after earning minutes in practice.“That’s why we give opportunities to players,” said Pumaren. “In my team, its friendly competition. You earn the minutes, you get your spot.”As for the 6-foot-4 Camacho, he is just happy to get his chance, after almost putting his collegiate basketball dreams on hold the past few years.“I had given up on basketball because I was already on my third year and I have yet to make an impact,” said Camacho, now working on his masters degree in business administration. “There were coaching changes and I was scared I won’t make the cut with coach Franz. But I worked hard.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kings of the road: Ginebra pips Phoenix, grabs conference lead Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Adamson Falcons’ game may be far from flawless, but make no mistake about it, coach Franz Pumaren’s team doesn’t seem to run out of heroes in UAAP Season 81.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pumaren was a picture of relief after another heart-stopping victory littered with several gaffes from his team.“We’re just lucky that we survived that ambush,” said Pumaren. “We made a lot of mistakes and we made it difficult on ourselves again.”Relentless from start to finish, Ateneo overwhelmed University of Santo Tomas, 85-53, in the other game for its most lopsided win of the season in the second game.Angelo Kouame went perfect from the field, going eight-for-eight on his way to a career-best 20 points on top of 14 rebounds and five blocks.The 32-point margin of the Eagles surpassed the 29-point rout of the University of the Philippines over University of the East in the season opener as they also dealt coach Aldin Ayo the most one-sided defeat of his career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img