Adamson University President Father Greg Banaga CM said that there is nothing to be ashamed of even if the Soaring Falcons recorded the lowest total scoring output in the history of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) when they absorbed a 25-62 defeat from the National University (NU) Bulldogs on Wednesday.
“It’s a painful experience of course but a learning experience too,” Banaga told The Manila Times on Thursday in a phone interview. “We have 11 rookies and two veterans, so we’re not expecting that much.”
Banaga added that the Adamson University community remains supportive of the squad’s head Coach Kenneth Duremdes, a former professional basketball player.
“That loss was a bitter pill to swallow but we keep our support to Coach Kenneth,” added Banaga.
Businessman Gilbert Cruz, an Adamson alumnus and team manager of the Falcons believes that the team would bounce back strong when they battle defending champion De La Salle University Green Archers at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.
“We’re just off that day if you compare it to our previous game against University of Sto. Tomas (UST) when we lost by just a point. I’m pretty sure there will be an improvement against La Salle this Saturday. We just need to keep our faith to coach Kenneth,” said Cruz.
Duremdes, who also employs a coaching staff composed of former Philippine Basketball Association stars Marlou Aquino and Vince Hizon, said that he is thankful of the trust.
The Falcons who saw action on Wednesday were veterans Celidonio Trillano, Ryan Monteclaro and Jensen Rios as well as rookies Matthew Aquino, Ivan Villanueva and Dawn Ochea, among others.
In the game against NU, Adamson posted only three points in the first quarter. It was in August 2009 when a team, ironically NU, scored just three points. The Soaring Falcons’ total output (25 points) was also the lowest in the league, beating the old record of 39 points when University of the Philippines lost to UST in 2013 (69-39).