CEBU CITY – After making it to the Final Four for the first time since 2011, the Adamson Falcons are not resting on their laurels and instead sent coaches to the south to hold tryouts for possible new recruits.
Shortly after the Falcons beat University of Santo Tomas, 76-61, on Wednesday, assistant coaches Awoo Lacson and Tonichi Yturri quickly boarded a flight to Cebu where a two-day tryout has been scheduled.
The next day, close to 100 aspirants were in attendance, with several already catching the eye of the Franz Pumaren's lieutenants.
“It’s a continuous process. We don’t stop just because we’ve a little bit of success already,” said Yturri, a familiar face around here owing to his days as head coach of the hometown Cebu Gems during the heyday of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.
“We just had a quick dinner and we were off to Cebu. Ganun talaga eh,” shared Lacson.
Adamson has had a number of prized recruits from Cebu in the past, among them Jerick Canada, Jan Colina and Patrick Cabahug.
Yturri said their success is a result of the cooperation between the coaching staff, the players and management. And of course, it helps to have a five-time UAAP champion coach at the helm in Pumaren, who took over the position during the offseason.
“Coach Franz’s system is a proven one and the championships that he has had prove that,” said Yturri, who narrated that when they started out, they had a pool of 42 players to work with before trimming it down to what they have today.
“We’re also very fortunate to have players who have embraced the system of coach Franz. We really put an emphasis on that over the talent of the players,” Yturri added.
Both Yturri and Lacson have already spoken to some Cebuano players but remained mum about their recruitment plans.