UAAP Season 82 Preview: Why Adamson Falcons Will Score Major Comeback
Key Holdovers: Jerrick Ahanmisi, Simon Camacho, Jerom Lastimosa, and Egie Boy Mojica,
Key Additions: Valandre Chauca, Lenda Douanga, Aaron Fermin, Aaron Flowers, Joem Sabandal, and Joshua Yerro
Key Losses: Sean Manganti, Koko Pingoy, Papi Sarr, and Jonathan Espeleta
The Adamson Soaring Falcons were at the wrong side of history when they failed to capitalize their twice-to-beat incentive against the UP Fighting Maroons last season in the Final Four stage.
That doesn’t mean that they are less of a contender this Season 82, as the Falcons continue to deepen their core with their young guns and seasoned veterans
Rest assured, the San Marcelino-squad are still a championship-calibre team, and the team-to-beat as well according to Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin.
“For us, it’s pretty simple – (team-to-beat) is Adamson because they’re the next team,” said Baldwin.
In Pumaren We Trust
Ever since Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren took over the coaching job for the Soaring Falcons in 2016, the team’s trip to Final Four has become more frequent.
Pumaren knows a thing or two about utilizing his players’ talents, and his ever-reliable and timeless system allows his players to play at their highest level.
Although the Falcons will have a huge target on their backs as well, Pumaren will definitely make sure that his squad will deliver on a consistent basis.
Good Mixture of Veterans and Young Guns
Speaking of Pumaren’s system, it has been proven that his young guns and veterans could complement each other.
The addition of solid blue-chips like Aaron Fermin, Joshua Yerro, and Joem Sabandal will be a huge investment for the Falcons, given their respective talents back in high school.
In fact, Jerom Lastimosa and Simon Camacho both had some breakout games last season, and they are now expected to play a bigger role for the team.
If Lastimosa and Camacho has the ability to rise under pressure, these rookies will also be inspired to contribute more than what they are capable of.
The Ahanmisi Show
It’s official! This is now Jerrick Ahanmisi’s team now.
Now that Sean Manganti and Papi Sarr are gone, the 6-foot-2 spitfire is now the main man for the Soaring Falcons, but good thing is that he does not have to carry all the weight on his shoulders.
Of course, Ahanmisi will definitely captivate us with his sweet-shooting and offensive weapons, while also becoming a huge factor in Adamson’s success.
Adamson was only two wins away from their first-ever Finals appearance, until UP had their own Cinderella run.
That event will surely fuel the Soaring Falcons to orchestrate a “Revenge Tour” this season – just by trusting Pumaren’s system and stacking their lineups.
Safe to say, we won’t be surprised if Adamson ends up at the top spot eventually.