EVER the warrior, Jerom Lastimosa only has one thing in his mind: beat Ateneo twice.
But for Adamson to achieve that, it must first get the first win and coach Nash Racela was quick to remind Lastimosa of that.
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"It starts with one. Isa-isa muna," he said ahead of their semifinal clash against Ateneo on Wednesday.
Adamson had little success against Ateneo this season, losing both their elimination duels, losing, 76-55 last Oct. 19, and once again, 66-61 just last week.
In fact, the last time the Soaring Falcons beat the Blue Eagles was way back in Sept. 11, 2018 when Jerrick Ahanmisi led the San Marcelino crew to a thrilling 74-70 win.
Of course, Racela is well aware of those facts, saying, "We haven't beaten Ateneo this season."
That doesn't mean that it can't be done.
"We're hoping. We know how tough they are as a team but again, nothing is impossible in this world," he said as the Soaring Falcons look to overcome a twice-to-win disadvantage against the Blue Eagles.
Racela is drawing motivation from how Adamson was able to pull itself from a 4-6 record and win three of its last four games to even its standing to 7-7 and put itself in position for a playoff for the No. 4 spot, which it claimd with an 80-76 nipping of La Salle on Sunday.
"We look at our run a month ago, we were down, di ba? Naglalaro kami sa six o seven and all of a sudden, we made a run which surprised a lot of people and that's why we're now in the Final Four," he said.
"So we have that mentality that walang impossible. We know that in our runs, it's really grace from God. Ang mentality namin, hindi imposible manalo as long as we do our part."