ADAMSON is closing in on the no. 2 seed in the UAAP juniors basketball Final Four just a season after winning just one game.
The Baby Falcons go into the final play date of the eliminations on Saturday against University of Santo Tomas needing just a victory to claim a share of second place in the team standings.
For that to occur, Ateneo has to beat National University for a sweep of the entire eliminations and force a triple-way tie for second amongst the Bullpups, Baby Falcons, and the winner of the Far Eastern University-Diliman-De La Salle-Zobel tiff also scheduled this Saturday.
Ateneo enters the finals outright with a sweep of the eliminations, while quotient system will be applied in case of a three-way tie at second place to determine the rankings before formal stepladder phase of the Final Four.
In such case, Adamson goes up against NU in a playoff for the number two berth owing to superior quotients. The winner will then enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder against the winner of the No. 3 (loser of Adamson-NU) and No. 4 (either FEU-Diliman or DLSZ).
The Baby Falcons hardly got this far last year as they only had a win to show in Season 76.
But led by top scorer Frederick Tungcab, the Baby Falcons shrugged off a slow start to put together a four-game winning streak and win five of six games in the second round for a shot at a Final Four berth.
Adamson coach Goldwin Monteverde credited the team’s sudden rise at gaining experience in the first round where the team suffered had close defeats.
“Siguro overcoming lang ‘yung mga ganung (pressure) situations,” said Monteverde when asked by Spin.ph what made the sudden turnaround for the Falcons in the second round.
“Nung first round kasi, we had losses na natalo kami during the end game. Pero this time around, na-oovercome na nila ‘yung mga ganung challenges.
“It’s a big factor. We have been doing the same things naman pero malaking bagay ‘yung nakuha nilang experience.”
Monteverde said he doesn’t want to let a golden chance of clinching a higher seed in the Final Four slip away against the Tiger Cubs, who carry a 5-8 win-loss slate, as a defeat will land the Baby Falcons in a precarious situation of having to through a playoff for the No. 4 spot.
“Ang importante lang is ma-sustain ‘yung ginagawa namin. We treat every game as parehas na lahat binibigay namin, regardless of the opponent,” said Monteverde.