AFTER a surprising return to the Final Four last season, Adamson University admitted the team won't be surprised if the competition aims to ground the Soaring Falcons in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.
For the first time since Season 74, Adamson finally made it to the Final Four in head coach Franz Pumaren's first year at the helm.
Nobody, except themselves, knew that they could reach the playoffs. This season, the belief is even stronger.
“We really prepared for this tournament because I don’t think other teams would take us lightly, unlike last year,” said Pumaren.
“Every year we try to improve, hopefully we can be consistent enough to make it to the Final Four again,” he added.
Coming into a new season, the veteran coach reiterated to his wards that they should not stop on improving.
He stressed that they should put their achievement behind and work harder for the next chapter.
“Let us not be satisfied or contented of what we achieved last season. Bottom line here is we improve as a team, individually, on and off the court,” said Pumaren.
With only two players from the previous team that graduated in Harold Ng and Jaydee Tungcab, the Soaring Falcons are almost intact from last season led by Papi Sarr, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Rob Manalang.
Adamson also has key additions Tyrus Hill and Jerie Pingoy, who already completed his residency after transferring from Ateneo.
“I worked so hard this year para maprove ko talaga na nandito pa ako sa liga,” said Pingoy, who played for Far Eastern University in high school and a former two-time UAAP juniors MVP.
Adamson, though, bowed to Ateneo in the season opener but remained confident moving forward, especially with all the hard work they put in to prepare this year. Watch the Falcons in training below: