UNIVERSITY of the Philippines definitely knows what they are up to against in Adamson – player-wise and even coaching-wise.
UP coach Ricky Dandan told Falcons counterpart Leo Austria in jest that he won't call a timeout late in a game when Austria has none left, alluding to former Indonesia Warriors mentor Todd Purves' strange call in Game Two of the ABL Finals opposite the San Miguel Beermen under Austria.
“Kapag wala ka ng timeout, hindi ako tatawag ng timeout,” Dandan told to Austria in jest.
But Austria said the Falcons will definitely take their 2 p.m. game against the Maroons seriously especially with the expected opening days jitters likely to play a factor for both debuting teams.
“The first game is always hard to get,” said Austria. “Every game for them will be a boost for them. We really have to work hard. You can’t put your guard down.”
The Adamson-UP game will feature two teams that missed the Final Four last year.
The Falcons are out to bounce back from a disappointing 3-11 win-loss record last season, while the Maroons are looking to improve on their 1-13 slate that left them at the bottom of the standings.
With UP a rookie-laden team, Dandan said the Maroons always need to play their best every game.
“We look at every game as teams we need to beat and we want to beat,” said Dandan.
The Falcons will be parading Cameroonian center Ingrid Sewa for the first time in the league after finally completing his residency.