Unappreciated in three schools, Ďall-heartí rookie finds home in Adamson

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 26, 2016 07:49 PM
Unappreciated before, Serrano finds home in Adamson
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS. Encho Serrano tried out for three different UAAP and NCAA schools before finally finding his place in Adamson.

Just like Adamson High School has emerged as the pacesetter in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament, so has Encho Serrano emerged as its little engine that could.

The first-year player has the body build of a guard, standing five-feet 11-inches, but is often seen down low in the paint and daring big men to take rebounds from him or take away his short stabs.

Against defending champion Nazareth School of National University, he posted a career-high 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds. And the following game against fellow contender Ateneo de Manila High School, he pounded in 23 points and seven rebounds.

A head shorter than most of the big men he goes up against, coach Goldwin Monteverde said his prized prospect always gets the better of them because of one thing. “He’s all heart,” he expressed.

For his part, Serrano said he’s simply following his mentor’s instructions. As he put it, “Binibigay ko lahat ng kaya ko talaga. Lahat ng tinuturo ng coaches sa akin, yun lang ginagawa ko.”

As it turns out, the 17-year-old is “all-heart” because of the long and winding road he took just to get to a stage where he can showcase his skills.

The Pampangueno first went to Manila to try out for the University of the East, but was not what they were looking for. He then transferred to Malayan High School of Science where he stayed for one year, but found the support they were giving him lacking.

Serrano then moved to College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, but was left out of their lineup for the NCAA. Discovering that third time was not the charm, he then packed his bags for San Marcelino where, fortunately, he was to stay.

“Marami na po akong napuntahan na walang nangyari hanggang lumipat ako ng Adamson,” he shared. “Tapos yun na, natulungan nila ako kaya lahat ng kaya ko, ibibigay ko.”

With the long and winding road finally over and with a stage to finally showcase his skills, the rookie Baby Falcon is certain he has found his home. “Dito na po talaga ako,” he expressed.

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