SERRANO! SERRANO! Adamson has show of force in sendoff for Baby Falcons
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 04, 2017 09:05 PM
WE THE PEOPLE. Adamson made sure that their fans who filled up half of the San Juan Arena weren't going home disappointed.
What began as a likely championship run eventually ended as a bottom-place finish for Adamson High School in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
Starting the season with seven consecutive victories, the Baby Falcons were soaring high before their wings got clipped by a league decision.
Ruling against Adamson last Wednesday, the UAAP Board suspended erstwhile MVP frontrunner Encho Serrano and forced the forfeiture of the 11 wins they had compiled.
And so, the Baby Falcons went from 11-1 to 0-12 in one fell swoop.
Still, with essentially only bragging rights to play for, Adamson went all out in its season-ending matchup with defending champion Nazareth School of National University on Saturday.
And that goes not only for the players. Half of the San Juan Arena on Saturday was filled with the blue and white from San Marcelino.
Boosted by their boisterous crowd, the Baby Falcons battled back from 13 points down for a thrilling 70-68 comeback win against the Bullpups.
And in the very heat of the 22-4 blast, the Adamson faithful let their voices be heard – voices that were fully behind their emerging star who was en route to the MVP before the league decision.
After the final buzzer, Serrano was nothing but moved to have seen, heard, and felt the all-out support.
But perhaps the bigger statement is that even without Serrano and, for the most part, without key cogs Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo in the final frame, the Baby Falcons got the better of the Bullpups who have won it all three times in the last five years.
In the end, what’s done has been done. And we can only wait next season for when these two teams get to go at it at full strength.
Oh what a clash of titans that would be.
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