ADAMSON is out of the Final Four race, but it doesn't mean that it couldn't show a glimpse of its future.
Joem Sabandal did just that, with the rookie lighting up for 18 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from threes, to go with six rebounds, one assist and one steal against University of Sto Tomas in UAAP Season 82.
It's a bittersweet feeling for the 5-foot-11 guard, who had this season-best outing in Adamson's 80-74 loss.
"Best game pero talo," he quipped as the Soaring Falcons fell to a 4-9 card.
But this alone should be considered a cause for celebration, considering the frustrations Sabandal had to deal with, missing the first round with a fractured hand and a shoulder injury.
Through it all, he just kept his faith.
"Galing sa teammates, galing sa family, especially sa teammates ko. Lagi nilang sinasabi na every game, may learnings ka. Nasa sideline ako pero nakikita ko yung mga mali. Nakikita ko yung mga kulang ko, yung mga kulang ng mga teammates ko. Nasa isip ko, pagdating ng second round, dapat ito yung gagawin ko kung ano yung kulang. Yun lang lagi yung tinatrabaho ko," he said.
And rather than dwell on this wasted rookie season, the 18-year-old is looks to rise in the coming years with batchmates AP Manlapaz, Aaron Fermin and Joshua Yerro.
"The good thing is lahat sa amin rookies. We have four more years pa na magsasama-sama. Yun yung iniisip namin kasi di lang talaga nag-jejell yung laro namin," he said.
"Sobrang excited ko kasi as we all know na puro blue-chip recruits eh. Malaki yung expectations sana this year pero di binigay ni Lord. Learning lang ito para sa amin para next season, para mag-jell pa kami."