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    'Twin Towers' combine gives Austria's Falcons reason to be optimistic

    Jun 27, 2013
    “In 2006, we only had Ken Bono as threat in the shaded lane. Now we have (Rodney) Brondial at No. 4 and (Ingrid) Sewa,” says Adamson Falcons coach Leo Austria. Jerome Ascano

    THE Adamson Falcons are pinning their hopes on a 'Twin Towers' frontline in their bid to hit new heights this season.

    The arrival of Cameroonian Ingrid Sewa to team up with veteran Rodney Brondial has filled one major gap in Adamson's frontline, giving the Falcons one of their best starting units in years.

    “In 2006, we only had Ken Bono as threat in the shaded lane. Now we have Brondial at No. 4 (power forward) and Sewa,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria.

    “’Yung starters namin, lumakas. Nandyan pa si Roider Cabrera and Jericho Cruz,” Austria added.

    The arrival of the 6-foot-8 Sewa from Cameroon not only added an intimidating presence in the middle for the Falcons, but it also allowed Brondial to slide down to his natural power forward spot.

    Outside of Sewa and Brondial, the Falcons also have biggies playing the other positions in Roider Cabrera and Jericho Cruz, who showed his potential last year by picking up the scoring cudgels after top scorer Alex Nuyles went down with a season-ending shoulder injury.

    Austria believes the Falcons have enough firepower to do well this year after a letdown last season, which saw the team end up in sixth with a 3-11 (win-loss) record after finishing the 2011 eliminations in second place.

    “I think we are almost complete in every position,” said Austria, who recently guided the San Miguel Beermen to a sweep of the Asean Basketball League title series against the Indonesia Warriors.

    Despite the departure of Nuyles and Eric Camson, the Falcons made it to the final eight of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup pre-season, bowing to eventual champion University of the East in the quarterfinals.

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    A reason for the Falcons’ early success is Sewa, who had no knowledge of the game when he arrived in the country a few years back.

    “He has improved a lot. Bata pa siya, very excited. I’m very confident right now sa big man dahil may pagkukunan ako, dahil dati wala akong pantapat kila (Greg) Slaughter at import ng mga kalaban,” said Austria, a former PBA Rookie of the Year.

    If there’s a concern for this year’s host school, it’s the team’s undersized guard rotation and the suspect bench.

    But Austria said the Falcons can mask those weaknesses with the proper game plan.

    “They are not that big (point guards). Pero I think with proper guidance and good game plan, kaya naming talunin kahit sino,” said the Adamson coach.

    Still, Austria thinks that the coming season will be tough to call.

    “I’m excited and nervous. I’m excited because we have a chance to win a championship. (But) I’m nervous because any team can beat our team,” said Austria.

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    “In 2006, we only had Ken Bono as threat in the shaded lane. Now we have (Rodney) Brondial at No. 4 and (Ingrid) Sewa,” says Adamson Falcons coach Leo Austria. Jerome Ascano
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