LATEST STORIES And just like that, despite enduring a two-game slide before Wednesday’s dominating victory, Adamson grabbed a piece of the lead with its sixth win in eight outings.The Falcons share the same record with idle Ateneo but own the tiebreak against the defending champion for now.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 ChrissJerrick Ahanmisi fired 21 points and Papi Sarr finished with 15 points for Adamson.Earlier, former Adamson high school star Encho Serrano bucked an illness to key La Salle’s second straight victory at the expense of University of the East, 79-59. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But it was Serrano’s play that turned out to be the biggest difference for La Salle.A dominant presence in high school with his strength and athleticism, Serrano scored on transition baskets and daredevil drives, providing a quick reminder why so many schools wanted to recruit him.What made the performance even more remarkable was the fact that Serrano had to go to the hospital for a checkup the morning before the game as he was suffering from a flu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOver the past few playdates, three schools have had their moment at the No. 1 spot in the UAAP men’s basketball standings. And on Wednesday afternoon, Adamson took its turn at the top anew.On a day a rookie from its high school program finally showed his worth, the Falcons snapped a two-game slide with a 69-58 drubbing of National University at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ With Aljun Melecio cooling off after an explosive performance against Adamson last Saturday, Serrano, the former high school star from Adamson, finally came out of his shell, finishing with 18 points in just 18 minutes.“I just really wanted to play to get my confidence,” said Serrano in Filipino.Andrei Caracut also dished out his best game of the season with 16 points as the Archers kept their explosive form against a UE team that showed little fight in the middle quarters.“We need everyone to step up in the second round,” said La Salle coach Louie Gonzales, whose team pulled level with FEU at third spot with a 5-3 record.Melecio was held to just eight points after back-to-back 20-point performances against Ateneo and Adamson, but big men Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar put together 25 points for the Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Looking to cruise, Aces slog past Dyip on Harris’ heroics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels it would be a mistake to write off Mahendra Singh Dhoni just yet as India would need his ability to control the game in the upcoming Champions Trophy in England.”Batting in the middle-order, he’s someone who can really control a one-day innings. And that might be what you need in England,” Ponting told Cricket Australia’s official website.”If the ball does a bit early on, there’s a chance India could lose top-order wickets and you’d need someone in the middle-order to guide the ship,” he added.Dhoni has been under pressure in the ongoing IPL due to his patchy form and was even removed as captain by his franchise Rising Pune Supergiant at the start of the season.”I think it’s a downside of having the great success that he’s had over a long period of time. I’ve been there myself and when you start to slide just a little bit, criticism is going to come your way,” he said.”And to be fair, he probably hasn’t had much negativity come his way over the past 15 or 20 years. So it will be really interesting to see how he handles that over the coming weeks,” added the flamboyant former skipper.”It happened with (Glenn) McGrath and (Shane) Warne and all those great players that I was lucky enough to play with.He’ll find a way and he’ll win games for his team.”Ponting is confident that Dhoni has a “thick skin”.”I’m not ever going to tell anyone when it’s time to go or retire. That’s up to the champions to make their own mind up.”advertisementPonting said he was “surprised” when Dhoni was removed as Pune’s captain.”It just seemed like a strange time to move him on as captain if he wasn’t coming towards the end.