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06-20-2007, 09:56 AM
From http://www.ubelt.com/ub/uaap/mbb/story.aspx?id=1282

No mo’ Bono.

Adamson University Soaring Falcons

Coach: William “Bogs” Adornado
Assistants: Jing Ruiz and Mon Santos
Additions: PG Jerick Cañada, PF Jan Julius Colina, SF Francisco dela Paz, SF Jonas Lozada, SG Aldrin Margallo, and PF Jeff Olalia.
Subtractions: Coach Leo Austria, SF Marc Agustin, PF/C Arold Basilio, C Ken Bono, SG JB Orera, SG Mico Pacheco, PG Marvin Poloyapoy, and PG/SG Mike Yong

Line-up as of June 13:
Patrick Cabahug - 6’2”
Jerick Cañada - 5’8”
Leo Canuday - 5’10”
Jan Julius Colina - 6’3”
Francisco dela Paz – 6’1”
Paul Gonzalgo – 5’9”
Reynaldo Gorospe – 6’4”
Roel Hugnatan – 6’5”
Jonas Lozada – 6’2”
Aldrin Margallo – 6’0”
Jeff Olalia – 6’0”
Allan Dominic Santos – 6’4”
Junard Yambot – 6’2”
(note: the coaching staff is still evaluating whether to fill up the rexamining two slots, and if so, which player or players to tap.)

Another year, another coach. The Falcons enter Season 70 with their fourth head coach in as many years. And although new coach Bogs Adornado was an assistant to Leo Austria last year, it hardly guarantees a smooth transition. For one thing, Ken Bono is gone, apparently not wanting to have anything to do with starting over again with a new coach. For another, can you blame him? Almost half these guys are new.

But Adornado doesn’t think they’re all that bad.

“We have a program that we’re following,” the three-time PBA MVP told me. “We still run some of the patterns of Leo. It’s still there. Nadagdagan lang ng kaunti.”

So is duplicating last year’s stirring run still possible?

“I just hope so, ma-reach man lang naming ang fourth. But as you know, Bono is no longer around.”

Which means sweet-shooting Patrick Cabahug is now the Falcons’ main man. Adornado himself admitted that with Bono gone, their inside game went from dominating to virtually non-existent. Roel Hugnatan is still there, but he will be hardpressed to man the post since his fellow frontliners – Allan Santos, Rey Gorospe plus greenhorn Julius Colina – are serviceable at best.

Cabahug averaged 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, and he must surpass those numbers this year if the Falcons are to have any chance. He should easily average at least 15 points a game. With another season’s worth of PBL experience, expect him to be among the league’s top three scorers.

Another veteran – Leo Canuday – is thankfully back at full strength after that unspeakable freak elbow injury he suffered last year, the memory of which still makes me cringe. Canuday will be leading a young guard corps composed of promising point guard Jerick Cañada, offguard Aldrin Margallo, and sophomore Paul Gonzalgo. But promising as they are, these guys are hardly among the league’s elite. A fifth guard, Mico Pacheco, sadly will miss the entire season after falling victim to a group of holduppers who smashed his jaw. Pacheco, a talented and athletic shooter, was supposed to have played a bigger role this coming season, and his loss, while not comparable to that of Bono’s, will hurt nonetheless. Additionally, Marc Agustin re-injured his knee and will sit out the season as well. The Falcons will no doubt miss his….what, exactly?

Adornado is pretty high on Cañada, a find from Cebu who is a major upgrade over Marvin Poloyapoy (then again, who isn’t?), and Margallo, a six-foot guard who hails from Samar.

“Na-develop lang itong mga ito from our Team B,” he says, with a hint of pride in his voice.” Wala kaming Class A player from other schools na ready to play. We have to develop our own talents.”

A last-minute addition who could prove to be a future star is Olalia, the ex-Baby Falcon who averaged 14.1 points and 11.2 rebounds as a power forward for the jayvee last season. But standing just a shade over six feet, he may need to adjust first to playing small forward.

Overall, though, I don’t see the Falcons marching back to the Final Four. The loss of Bono will be difficult to overcome, and Adornado simply doesn’t have enough talent to work with, nor enough time to harness whatever talent he does have. Adamson will be lucky to finish fifth.

Adornado also thinks this year will see several teams slug it out for top honors.

“UST, UE, even La Salle has a strong line-up. And even Ateneo, everybody. Sa akin, ang dark horse is NU, because they’re still intact. In fact, nadagdagan pa sila.”

06-20-2007, 10:00 AM
Mukhang wala na nga talaga si Basilio. Sayang, magandang backup big man sana siya.

06-20-2007, 09:02 PM
dont expect na makakapunta adamson sa final four! yun lang pinapahiwatig nito!

06-21-2007, 06:26 PM
I expect Adamson will be returning to that hoped-never-to-be-repeated bygone era when they were the league doormat.

At best the Falcons will hope Patrick Cabahug and Leo Canuday somehow become the league's latest 1-2 punch in terms of offensive firepower, because it looks like they are about as good as it will get for the Falcons' offense.

Roel Hugnatan will discover what it was like for Melvin Mamaclay a few years back when he was the only legit fulltime, full-fledged 4/5 in the lineup. At least Hugnatan will not have to worry too much about scoring as Cabahug and Canuday seem to be the ones who will carry the scoring cudgels. Comes now the problem: Hugnatan has never been a bigtime rebounder / shotblocker, and it may be too much to ask if he is all of a sudden going to be the main man in the post for Adamson, i.e. without Ken Bono around how will Hugnatan get the opportunistic points and boards he got in previous seasons?

Rey Gorospe and Allan Santos are both rahter generously listed as 6'4" players. Even if that were so they do not offer much hope in terms of consistent production in combination with Hugnatan to offset the loss of Bono. Bono's MVP numbers will be impossible to replace even by a committee of 4's and 5's.

Will there be a surprise package for Coach William Adornado though? Can Jeff Olalia and Junard Yambot be the surprise packages that will flummox opponents enough to ambush a contender or two in the elims?

06-21-2007, 08:07 PM
add Maierhofer to line up so magka experience rin xa with olalia

06-21-2007, 08:08 PM
add Maierhofer to line up so magka experience rin xa with olalia

07-09-2007, 12:37 PM
Mukhang binanderang kapos nga ang Adamson kontra Ateneo sa first game nila. Bagama't bumuslo ng 28 points si Pat Cabahug wala na masyadong tulong galing sa mga iba niyang kakampi. Si Rowell Hugnatan inalat matapos makakuha ng pangatlong foul niya sa first half pa lang. Maganda naman ang pinakita nung Olalia kahit na rookie pa lang siya, at least hindi siya nagpasindak sa mga Atenista.