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Manalang proud of Adamson career despite 'heartbreaking' exit

MANILA, Philippines – Robbie Manalang was bloodied but unbowed when he made his exit from the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday evening, just a few hours after the curtains dropped on his brief UAAP career.

The sweet-shooting guard sported a cut beneath his left eye after Adamson University's Final 4 showdown against defending champion De La Salle University, a mark of how much he fought to try to extend his collegiate basketball stint.

Adamson guard Robbie Manalang. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports
Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Despite Manalang's best efforts, the Falcons bowed to the Green Archers, 82-75. It marked the second straight season that they were eliminated by La Salle in the semifinals.

"Obviously, it's a tough loss," said Manalang, who had a team-high 17 points in a losing effort. "It's heartbreaking, especially since this is my last game as a Falcon."

He scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, and helped the Soaring Falcons build a 15-point lead in the third period. However, they were shut down by La Salle's defense in the final frame: Adamson scored only 12 points in the payoff period, while La Salle exploded for 28.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/11/19/17/manalang-proud-of-adamson-career-despite-heartbreaking-exit

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