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  1. #21
    I had such high hopes for Adamson going into Season 80, at sa totoo lang mukha namang may ipapakita pa din ang Falcons, they do have a chance to close out Round 1 with a solid 5-2 record, their only losses coming from leaders Ateneo and Lasalle.

    Pero ito na naman tayo, bakit ba tila may kulang sa mga bata ni Coach Franz Pumaren?

    I really thought, for instance, that Tyrus Hill would be the missing piece at power forward, and that his presence would elevate Adamson to Finals contender status.

    Nakakabilib ang ginawa niyang pag-posterize kay Jeepy Faundo on that very athletic drive nung UST game nila.

    Pero kung titignan natin talagang malayo pa yata sa katotohanan si Hill, as in he is not even in the Top 10 MVP contenders, with that honor going of course to their import Papi Sarr.

    Ang siste dito may edad na si Hill, at ganun din sina Manalang, Camacho, Manganti, not sure about Lojera. All of these guys are 20 or older, kung hindi pa sila nagpapasiklab ngayon, kelan pa?

    Hill, according to his declared age, is actually older for example than Thirdy Ravena, and Thirdy is 21. Ganun din ang iba pang core group ng Falcons.

    Coach Franz has a good record getting older players, especially Fil-Ams, and making them a championship team like he did during his 4-Peat with Lasalle. Pero ang kaibahan ay immediate impact players dati sina Allado (assistant coach na niya ngayon sa Adamson), Cortez, Wilson, andun din si Ritualo (another assistant coach niya ngayon).

    So the question is: when will all of the potential actually become production?

  2. #22
    Adamson hero Jerrick Ahanmisi irked by close call vs UST: 'We should’ve been better'

    From: Christian Jacinto October 25, 2017, 08:53 pm

    UP until the final two minutes of the game, Adamson was in great danger of becoming the first team to lose to University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80.

    Good thing that Jerrick Ahanmisi was there to play messiah for the Falcons, draining crucial shots to lift his squad to a 75-70 victory on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The sophomore gunner fired 10 of Adamson's final 12 points, including the go-ahead three pointer and five free throws to tow the Falcons to their seventh win in 11 games.

    "No I’m not really thinking about that (losing to UST). I think we just knew as a team we had to win, because it's getting close to the end of the second round," said Ahanmisi.

    "We can’t afford to lose any more games for us to be on top of the standings. I guess in the end, the coaches just helped me out a lot," he added.

    The younger brother of Rain or Shine stalwart Maverick Ahanmisi was disappointed with how they played against the Tigers, knowing that things shouldn't have been this close in the first place.

    "We’re a team that contends for the finals, we should've been better," Ahanmisi continued. "I think that we should just learn from this."

    Coach Franz Pumaren wasn't necessarily happy with how the game went, even to the point that he said they were 'lucky to have survived the game,' after 'flirting with disaster.'

    "I was so disappointed, they're trying to level down. Nothing against UST, but probably their mindset going to this game, they're winless, they're just gonna lie down,' said Pumaren.

    "Knowing UST and their community and their coaches, they have so much pride at stake, they still gave us a scare."

    But Pumaren still sees this game as something that can be charged to experience as they enter the final three games of the season.

    "This particular game we experienced, it's just a part and parcel of our learning process of being a young team," Pumaren continued.

    "At least close games, we were able to survive. It's not that we're gonna cruise along, at least with this victory, we have a hold of third place."

  3. #23
    No replay of DLSU-Adamson game amid controversy, says UAAP

    By: Randolph B. Leongson - Reporter / / 03:34 PM November 21, 2017

    UAAP commissioner Rebo Saguisag said there will be no replay of the controversial Final Four duel between De La Salle and Adamson at this point.

    As it stands, the result remains with the Green Archers taking an 82-75 win over the Soaring Falcons.

    "At the moment, again without prejudice to further findings, I don't think offhand that the mistakes at all were that blatant to warrant a reversal or a replay,' he said in an interview with Sports Desk.

    "If it involves judgment calls, that's not a criteria for protest. They should be technical in nature, like misappreciation of the rules, misapplication of the mechanics. But if it's judgment calls, it's a different story. That would not warrant a reversal or a replay."

    Saguisag shared that though his office has received complaints before, this was the first time that the losing team wasn't the first to raise the issue.

    "For the first time in three years, it was a first that aside from the losing team which you expect the complaint from, there are some sectors who checked what happened. So of course, I cannot be insensitive to the public cause at the end of the day, they are the audience. We have to address the outcry," he said.

    Saguisag has suspended the three referees Enan Alejo, Ian Borbe, and Mollie de Luna, who officiated the game for the duration of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament.

    "It was our decision. I used the word suspension, but to be clear, suspension can be a form of penalty or a preventive measure. In this case, since our findings are still provisional, so that we can avoid any conflicts, we'll take the three of them out of the referees pool and they get to have a chance to clear their name if warranted," he said.

  4. #24
    ‘I had to move on,' says Tyrus Hill on jump to La Salle from Adamson

    The San Jose, California recruit apologizes to Falcons coach Franz Pumaren

    Naveen Ganglani

    Published 11:25 AM, April 22, 2018
    Updated 1:35 PM, April 22, 2018

    MANILA, Philippines – Former Adamson Soaring Falcons recruit Tyrus Hill said he felt like he had to “move on” when he decided to make the jump to De La Salle University Green Archers.

    “I just felt like, me, as a player, it was just getting tough in my position at Adamson and I just felt like I had to move on and see what my other options were,” Hill said in an exclusive interview with Rappler on Saturday, April 21, at the San Juan Arena.

    Hill’s decision to leave Adamson irked the Soaring Falcons coaching staff.

    The San Jose, California native explained that after deciding to leave Adamson, he had plans of returning to the United States before a familiar face persuaded him to instead move to Taft.

    “I was intentionally supposed to go home, and then the recruiter from La Salle two years ago hit me up saying, ‘Ty, do you want to re-consider this, do you want to re-think your options again?’

    “I just gave it a little thinking, talked to my parents and see if that’s a good option for me right now since I’m still young, and they were like, ‘go for it, you might as well stay there, you made your name, you’re doing so well. Just have fun with it.’”

    Hill and teammate Kurt Lojera, another San Jose product, were spotted around DLSU’s campus early in April which sparked news of the two moving to La Salle. Not long after, an image of both former Falcons wearing Green Archers gear started to spread on social media.

    “It’s something we had to make together because that’s like my best friend out here,” Hill said about the decision of both players to move together. Before committing to Adamson in 2016, Hill and Lojera also considered De La Salle.

    “We came here, we trained so hard, and this is where we’re supposed to end up so they called us both. They were like, ‘Come on down, we really want you back ASAP.’”

    After Hill confirmed the transfer to DLSU, Adamson assistant coach Don Allado blasted him on social media for reportedly lying to his old team.

    “He lied to us,” Allado tweeted at the time. “Said he was going San Jose State, a D1 school. With 4 pts a game ave?! Head coach of that school called me & said I don’t know this F*UCKING TYRUS. Tell him to stop using my program!” . G’luck to him.”

    “[It] really doesn’t bother me,” was Hill’s reaction when queried about Allado’s statement. “It’s his opinion, and if people follow his opinion, that’s up to them. I’m really a nice guy. People know that, so it’s okay.”

    After losing reigning MVP Ben Mbala, the Rivero Brothers, and head coach Aldin Ayo following the last UAAP season, La Salle gave spectators a first glimpse into the program’s new era under Louie Gonzales on Saturday with an 82-79 victory over the UP Maroons on the opening day of the Filoil preseason tournament.

    Hill and Lojera will serve residency for transferring this season, then is expected to make their DLSU debuts in 2019.

    “This is a new team so we’re all starting from scratch. We’re trying to build a family thing now instead of everyone knowing La Salle by Ben [Mbala]. Now it’s brand new,” he said, before later adding:

    “Hopefully next season we can get a championship too. There’s going to be hype.”

    But despite looking forward to the new stage of his career, Hill is also grateful for his time with Adamson.

    “I miss them, I love them, they’re fun, they’re energetic. That’s the biggest thing that pumped me up there in games. But sometimes, life moves on. You have to make opportunities, and you have to grab those opportunities.

    “I’m glad I got the opportunity from coach Franz [Pumaren], a great coach. Adamson, love them. Hopefully next season is going to be even bigger than I made last year,” said Hill, who averaged 4.0 points and 2.4 boards a game last year.

    When asked what he would like to tell Coach Franz, Hill responded:

    “I apologize, coach, but I guess it’s time for a new Tyrus to come into UAAP now.” –

  5. #25
    UE stuns Adamson to keep UAAP playoff hopes alive

    Alex Diakhite and Rey Suerte take charge as the UE Red Warriors kick off the second round with an upset over the Adamson Falcons

    JR Isaga

    Published 4:16 PM, October 05, 2019

    Updated 4:47 PM, October 05, 2019

    MANILA, Philippines – The UE Red Warriors throw their name back in the UAAP Season 82 playoff hunt with an 80-74 upset win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons to begin the second round of the men's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, October 5.

    Senegalese big man Alex Diakhite erupted for 15 points in the 3rd quarter before finishing his onslaught with a career-high 29 points plus 13 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Rey Suerte added 26 markers and 8 boards.

    "We got lucky today. We got breaks and the players refused to lose," said UE active consultant Lawrence Chongson. "We know that Adamson has a good team with a legendary coach. We beat them with effort."

    Jerom Lastimosa and Lenda Douanga paced the Falcons with 16 points each in the losing effort as coach Franz Pumaren's Adamson slid to 3-5, tying UE at 6th place.

    Thanks to Diakhite’s 3rd quarter eruption, the Red Warriors established a nine-point lead in the 6:50 mark of the 4th, 69-60, after a tip-in from the UE big man.

    Although spitfire Falcons Val Chauca and Jerrick Ahanmisi conspired for an 8-0 response, Suerte and Diakhite pressed on to create a four-point window, 73-69, midway through the frame.

    Suerte then pushed the lead to 6, 77-71, with 1:53 left after a Diakhite long two.

    The Scores

    UE 80 – Diakhite 29, Suerte 26, Conner 7, Manalang 5, Abanto 3, Antiporda 3, Lorenzana 3, Apacible 2, Tolentino 2, Cruz 0, Pagsanjan 0.

    Adamson 74 – Douanga 16, Lastimosa 16, Ahanmisi 11, Camacho 11, Chauca 9, Bernardo 3, Fermin 2, Manlapaz 2, Mojica 2, Yerro 2, Flowers 0, Magbuhos 0, Sabandal 0.

    Quarters: 18-22, 31-36, 59-56, 80-74

  6. #26
    Pumaren defies doc's orders to coach Adamson a day after kidney stones removal

    by Randolph B. Leongson

    10 hours ago

    FRANZ Pumaren wasn't even supposed to be in the venue for Adamson when it played Ateneo on Wednesday.

    Still recovering from an emergency procedure to remove kidney stones a day prior, the five-time UAAP champion coach was advised to rest.

    He was feeling pain in his stomach on his way to practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong when he decided to head to Medical City.

    "All of a sudden, I felt different. I couldn’t bear the pain," he said.

    But it was a tough ride for Pumaren, who didn't have his doctor in Medical City that forced him to head to VRP Medical Center in EDSA just to get the procedure done. "It was so excruciating so they had to do the surgery right away."

    Pumaren had every reason to stay at home, but ever the leader, he couldn't let his Soaring Falcons hanging.

    "We just asked permission from my doctor. The main thrust is to show the team that I won't leave them in the heat of the battle," he said.

    Despite Ateneo getting the upper hand over Adamson, 80-74, the 55-year-old Pumaren was happy to see his side show some grit against the defending champion, lauding his staff for preparing his wards well despite his side dropping its fourth straight game to fall to 3-6.

    "I'm happy with the way the coaches prepared the players for today's game," he said. "Their effort was great. If we would have played like that in the past games, I don't think we'd be in this situation."

    "Maybe at the back of their minds, me the head coach made an effort just to be here when in fact I'm supposed to be on medical leave. As a true leader, I don't want to leave them. As long as I can walk, I’ll be showing up in games and practices."

    Yet as dire as the Soaring Falcons' situation is, Pumaren remained firm in his belief that somehow, the San Marcelino squad will still make the cut for the top four this UAAP Season 82.

    "If you look at the scenarios right now in the UAAP, almost all of the teams except Ateneo are on par with each other. I think a 7-7 record will put you in a tie for fourth place, 8-6 probably will give you enough space to make it to no. 3 or 4," he said.

    "The way I look at it, we're still gonna make it to the Final Four - maybe the hard way. I'm confident about that."

  7. #27
    Ateneo Blue Eagles stave off Adamson, remain unbeaten for one year

    Published 9 hours ago, on October 9, 2019

    By Matthew Li

    Tiebreaker Times

    Defending champions Ateneo de Manila University bucked a slow start, then survived a late-game hijack attempt by the Adamson University Soaring Falcons to take an 80-74 squeaker, in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

    The Blue Eagles raised their slate to 9-0, extending their streak to 19 straight wins. The last time Ateneo tasted defeat in the UAAP was back in October 10, 2018 — a 60-63 loss to FEU.

    Ateneo had four players score in double-digits with Thirdy Ravena leading the way with 23 points. Ravena is the first Blue Eagle to reach 20 points this season.

    Will Navarro also did his damage with 11 points, eight boards, and four blocks. Matt Nieto added 11 points and five assists, while Matthew Daves scored a career-high 10 points and six rebounds for Ateneo.

    The win didn’t come easy, though, with Adamson keeping themselves in step in the first half.

    “We really survived Adamson in the end,” said coach Tab Baldwin. “We made a lot of bonehead plays. There’s no excuse for that — we have to practice those kinds of situations. We didn’t perform well in that scenario in either end. We have to figure out how to be good in either situation.”

    Leading by 15, 67-52, with 8:36 left, the Blue Eagles saw the Soaring Falcons trim the deficit down to three, 77-74, courtesy of a Joshua Yerro lay-up with 8.9 ticks remaining.

    But Ateneo kept their composure, with Nieto and Adrian Wong canning their freebies to end the game.

    It was a huge sigh of relief for the blue side after staring at a 37-34 halftime deficit.

    “I think we were patchy in the first half,” said Baldwin as the Blue Eagles broke off from a 50-48 affair with a 13-2 stretch. They then grabbed a 63-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

    “But in the third quarter, we came out with some purpose.”

    Valandre Chauca and Jerrick Ahanmisi both had 17 points in the losing cause for Adamson, who fell to their fourth straight loss and a 3-6 card.

    Ateneo will next face arch-rivals DLSU Green Archers on Sunday, October 13 at 12:00nn. Meanwhile, Adamson look to snap their skid against the NU Bulldogs on Saturday, October 19 at 2:00pm.

    The Scores:

    ADMU 80 — Ravena 23, Navarro 11, Ma. Nieto 11, Daves 10, Go 7, Kouame 7, Mi. Nieto 7, Mamuyac 3, Wong 1, Belangel 0, Maagdenberg 0, Tio 0.

    ADU 74 — Ahanmisi 17, Chauca 17, Douanga 13, Yerro 12, Camacho 6, Manlapaz 5, Lastimosa 4, Fermin 0, Flowers 0, Magbuhos 0, Mojica 0.

    Quarterscores: 22-18, 34-37, 63-50, 80-74.

  8. #28
    It’s on me

    One-and-done star Chauca points finger to self after tough collapse by Adamson vs UP

    By: Bong Lozada - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ / 04:06 AM October 22, 2019

    On a roll sometime early in the UAAP tournament, Val Chauca had no qualms making bold declarations about himself and his team. He wanted to be MVP. He wanted the Adamson Falcons to be champions.

    On Sunday, on the verge of keying an even bolder statement win for his school, Chauca lost control in the game—thrice, literally—allowing University of the Philippines to forge an 81-77 victory at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

    “As a veteran, coach Franz [Pumaren] expects a lot more leadership; it’s on me,” said Chauca of the defeat. “I take full responsibility.”

    Pumaren’s faith in Chauca reflected in the frustrations that spilled out of him after Sunday’s game.

    “The guy that was supposed to give the killer punch turned the ball over,” said Pumaren of Chauca, who had three turnovers in the fourth.

    Those errors were part of the Falcons’ nosedive—Adamson was outscored, 21-5, to end the game—and were uncharacteristic of the playmaker who opened the match with 17 points in the first two quarters.

    Final Four in jeopardy

    Unfortunately for Adamson, Chauca dropped just two more points the rest of the way as the Falcons slipped to 4-7, their Final Four hopes close to flat-lining.

    “I’m a veteran on the team and I can’t make mistakes like that,” said Chauca, a one-and-done recruit who is taking up his Masters in Business Administration in his lone year of eligibility. “I’m definitely disappointed with myself. I pretty much worked my whole life to get to this point and what happened [Sunday] was a heartbreaker.”

    Indeed. Adamson had a 72-60 lead and was looking to its top guard to navigate the Falcons safely home. Instead, Chauca could only cough up two attempts from the field and made one. He burned a lot of the shot clock dribbling the ball instead of finding his shot or looking for open teammates.

    “Well I can be brutally frank, I can say what I saw, what people saw. And for me, at this stage of my career, I don’t need to sugarcoat things,” said Pumaren after the game.

    Prove yourself

    Pumaren, a five-time UAAP champion coach, berated his players after the sorry loss that dropped the Soaring Falcons to sixth place and within a loss of missing the Final Four.

    “I say what I see and it’s up to you to accept it. If you go back to your shell, it’s going to speak highly of yourself. But you have to take this as a challenge,” said Pumaren, who is also a nine-time PBA champion as a player. “You prove to yourself that you’re a better player.”

    UP solidified its hold of second place with a 7-4 record, pouncing on nine Adamson turnovers in the fourth to hammer out the come-from-behind victory.

    Pumaren, Chauca and the Falcons are now faced with a tough road to the semifinals. They need to sweep their last three games to forge a playoff for a Final Four berth.

    “We’re still in [the hunt], but everything depends on us,” said Pumaren.

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