INGRID Sewa left the Adamson Falcons out of loyalty to former head coach Leo Austria, and not due to team rules he allegedly violated.
An Adamson official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, denied that repeated violation of team rules was the reason for Sewa's departure.
Earlier, Adamson team manager Gilbert Cruz told Spin.ph that the Cameroonian center was dropped from the lineup due to a number of violations including playing in other basketball leagues or so called 'ligang labas.'
But an Adamson official came to the defense of Sewa, saying that he had already indicated that he won’t be playing for the school if Austria leaves the team.
“He had said even before that if coach Leo moves, he won’t be staying,” said the official, who had talked with Sewa after Spin.ph posted a story on the dropping of the Cameroonian big man.
“No one never dropped me in Adamson,” the official quoted Sewa as saying.
Austria was instrumental in the recruitment of Sewa, who had to undergo the two-year residency for foreigners before playing for the Falcons in Season 76.
Sewa averaged 9.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks in Season 76 for the Falcons, who only ended up at 4-10 win-loss that year.
That turned out to be the final year of Austria coaching the Falcons, having mentioned that there were several quarters in the Adamson community that wanted him out after missing the Final Four for the second consecutive year.
The official also denied rumors circulating that Sewa had a rift with current Adamson head coach Kenneth Duremdes, saying he is not the kind of person that will do such act.
“He told me that he never quarreled with any coach. He is a good person,” said the official.
Sewa’s absence leaves a big hole for the Falcons in the coming UAAP season with another big man Rodney Brondial having finished his college eligibility.