Adamson University's men's basketball league has been gaining traction recently due to their potential to become one of the 'Final Four' once more on the University Athletic Association of the Philippines' (UAAP) 79th season.
However, they lost against the University of the Philippines' (UP) basketball team yesterday but that does not mean that they cannot redeem themselves on the next game. Although the UP Maroons surprised them with their win, the Adamson Soaring Falcons should push themselves harder to become the champions for this year.
Here are five basic information everyone should know about the team, who we are rooting for since it is about time that the underdog rises above his enemies.
1. The falcon serves as their mascot, but it is not just for kicks.
According to the university's official website, they based their falcon mascot on Horus - the Egyptian pharaoh-deity with the head of the said bird who paralyzed his enemies with his eyes. It is known that the falcon is a bird of prey, symbolizing victory, success, or overcoming a difficult obstacle. It could not have been more apt to choose a powerful bird as their symbol, since this will inspire their players to soar high and defeat their enemies.
2. The team's first win (for the men's basketball division) was during UAAP's 40th season.
It was during the collegiate years of 1977-1978 that the team won its first game, led by former basketball player and San Miguel Beermen coach Leo Austria. However, it was Hector Calma who brought home the bacon for the team. We hope that the current team can bring home another win this year, proving that they can live up to their nickname.
3. They made it to the Final Four on three instances.
Under the helm of Leo Austria, they were able to make it to the elusive list - on Seasons 69 (2006-2007, where he first became the team's coach), 73 (2010-2011), and 74 (2011-2012).
4. The team is now under new management this season with new additions to the players and coaching personnel.
Former De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archer, coach, and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Franz Pumaren now serves as the Falcons' new coach. Aside from him and his coaching crew, the team has new recruits such as Robbie Manalang, Jerrick Ahanmisi, and Sean Maganti.
5. Jerrick Ahanmisi set the bar for having the highest points scored by a rookie in the history of UAAP.
The new addition to the team and guard shot six out of seven triples with four of his shots making into the arc when they played against the UP Maroons last month. He scored a total of 28 points, which is a new record in UAAP's basketball history.