WITH a pair of Soaring Falcons ruling the side events in the UAAP Season 81 Last 1 Standing on Friday, Jerrick Ahanmisi believes that these triumphs are enough proof that Adamson is ready to take the league by storm this season.
“I think so,” he said confidently as the San Marcelino-based crew is coming in this season as one of the contenders.
The hands-down favorite to win the contest, Ahanmisi matched those expectations and bagged the Three-Point Shootout crown, further bolstering his claim as the league’s best sniper.
Asked if the win validates his argument for the title, the third-year guard answered in the affirmative, thriving in this environment where everyone expected him to excel in.
“Yes, it does (prove that I’m the league’s best shooter),” he said. “I don’t think I would be pressured if everybody thinks I should win something. It’s not being cocky, it’s just being humble, to be able to go out there and perform at the level that I perform at.”
Aside from Ahanmisi, rookie guard Jerom Lastimosa also announced his entry and turned heads as he snared the Skills Challenge trophy.
For the sweet-shooting brother of Rain or Shine guard Maverick, these hardwares are a testament of the Soaring Falcons’ preparedness to compete once the season rolls.
“We’ve been practicing hard and we’re working hard to keep pushing ourselves every day in practice and we’re just gonna be prepared and do what coach Franz (Pumaren) will tell us to do,” he said.
And they are going for broke this year, with Ahanmisi saying that after two consecutive years of falling in the Final Four, Adamson is aspiring for the big one.
“The whole team has that mindset and I hope everybody knows that Adamson is looking to go past the Final Four this season,” he said.