Tune-ups against former Falcons, sessions with sports psychologist paying off for Adamson
The Adamson Falcons, under stand-in coach Vince Hizon, have shown marked improvement in their past two outings in the UAAP. Jerome Ascano

A TUNE-UP game against former Adamson players has been paying off for the current batch of Falcons as they nearly came away with victories in the two teams’ previous games.

Adamson team manager Gilbert Cruz said the present crop of players were able to go up against a team of former Falcons including pro players Alex Nuyles and Lester Alvarez, Eric Camson, Jan Colina, Rodney Brondial, and Roider Cabrera days prior to their UAAP men’s basketball game against Far Eastern University.

Aside from playing against ex-Adamson players, Cruz said the team has hired a sports psychologist in order to make the rookie-laden squad mentally tougher while organizing a boodle fight with representatives from the alumni and students community.

“Aside from being rookie-laden, mukhang mental toughness and maturity ang kulang namin. So what we did is we commissioned a sports psychologist as a mental coach,” said Cruz.

“Lumapit din sa akin si Jan Colina. Sabi niya gusto namin i-encourage ‘yung mga players. Nag-organize ako ng tune-up games. Laro na sabay turo na rin,” said Cruz.

Cruz said he has seen the effort bear fruit.

The Falcons lost to FEU, 71-62, on Wednesday, while bowing to University of Santo Tomas by only two points, 61-59, on Saturday.

Cruz hopes the concerted effort will lead to a long-overdue win.

“Ang masasabi ko, what we have been doing, I’m seeing it on the court. Effective na meron silang mental coach and physical encouragement,” said Cruz.

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