Kenneth Duremdes on Adamson's first and only win of the season: ‘Pwede ko na sabihin na coach na ako’
The Falcons finally take flight, and Kenneth Duremdes caps a trying season with a big win. Jerome Ascano

FINALLY, he’s made.

Kenneth Duremdes felt he’s finally a full-fledged coach after Adamson snapped its 13-game losing skid and capped its Season 77 campaign in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on a high note.

The Falcons edged University of the Philippines, 67-63, to end its campaign with a win Tuesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Shortly after the final buzzer sounded, the Falcons rejoiced at centercourt and did the usual chest bumps.

But for Duremdes, the former PBA great, he can’t help but shed a tear.

The one-time Adamson star hugged each of his players at game’s end with tears running down his face, the win being the defining moment of his young coaching career.

“Ibang level na achievement ito,” he said. “Pwede ko na sabihin na coach na ako."

“Noong 'di ako nananalo feeling ko hindi ako coach. May doubts ako sa sarili ko as coach. Feeling ko 'di ako effective,” he admitted.

A part of the Alaska team that won the 1996 PBA Grand Slam, Duremdes disclosed that prior to the win, he had doubts and questions as to whether he was doing the right thing.

“Ok ang career ko as player, pero dito (sa UAAP) tinignan ko kung ok ako as coach. May questions ako these past few months noong 'di kami nananalo, tama ba pinasok ko?” he said.

The Falcons lost to the Maroons in their first meeting, 77-64, but readily avenged the setback with a win Tuesday night.

“Much sweeter ito (second round win) because we have to prove something na natapos ang season na 'di tayo winless. Naghanda talaga kami ng maayos.”

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