“The effort was there, the intensity was there, but we just fell short,” he said. “It’s a small step on our part to make sure that we continue to challenge for a spot in the playoffs.”Dave Ildefonso picked up 15 points and Issa Gaye chipped in 14 points, but the Bulldogs still fell to the brink of elimination following their eighth loss in 10 games.The Scores:ADAMSON 72 — Ahanmisi 15, Manlapaz 14, Camacho 13, Douanga 11, Lastimosa 10, Chauca 3, Yerro 3, Sabandal 2, Fermin 1, Bernardo 0, Magbuhos 0, Mojica 0.NU 53 — D. Ildefonso 15, Gaye 14, Clemente 10, Gallego 7, S. Ildefonso 2, Minerva 2, Rangel 2, Oczon 1, Diputado 0, Galinato 0, Joson 0, Malonzo 0, Mosqueda 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 8-12, 32-34, 48-47, 72-53.POST-GAME INTERVIEW View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Adamson put the clamps on National U in the final quarter to come away with a 78-52 victory and stay within striking distance of the Top 4 in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Jerrick Ahanmisi led a balanced offensive with 15 points, but it was the Falcons’ airtight defense in the final period that helped them end a four-game slide and hike their record to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ ONE: Century in Tokyo pushing through despite Typhoon Hagibis Rookie AP Manlapaz scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Simon Camacho had 13 points and six rebounds for Adamson, which outscored NU, 24-6, in the fourth quarter.“We needed this win,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “Every game for us now is important. The bench really stepped up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Adamson drew 40 points from its reserves with Jerom Lastimosa also contributing 10 points and issuing nine assists. Lenda Douanga finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds.Pumaren, who continued to call the shots even after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones last Tuesday, felt the Falcons showed some of their old, mean form in the loss to Ateneo last Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.