UAAP: Sabandal stays home to steady Adamson's Srs. backcourt

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 15, 2019 07:05 PM
UAAP: Sabandal stays home to steady Adamson's Srs. backcourt
Joem Sabandal will keep wearing the blue and white for Adamson.

Adamson University is ready and raring to reap the rewards of its finally revitalized Juniors program.

With that, the Soaring Falcons have just secured the services of Joem Sabandal, the Baby Falcons’ leader in the last two years. “No regrets po sa pag-stay ko rito and I’ll stay for five years pa,” he said after he played his last game as a high school player on Friday.

Sabandal, a recruit from Cagayan de Oro, was a rookie in Season 79.

After that season, he had a chance to join then-head coach Goldwin Monteverde as he transferred to Nazareth School of National University.

Only, Sabandal chose to remain in San Marcelino.

There, he broke out and in Season 81, spearheaded their surge back into the Final Four with averages of 14.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.7 steals.

Now, the 18-year-old hopes to help Adamson’s Seniors squad as it tries to build on their best finish in the Franz Pumaren era.

He will waste no time in doing that, sharing that he is scheduled to train with the Soaring Falcons on Monday. “Actually, last year pa po, nag-eensayo na ako sa kanila tapos nagustuhan naman po ako ni coach Franz. Ngayon, trabaho na po agad para sa Seniors,” he said.

Sabandal is the second local blue-chip recruit coach Franz has gotten in the offseason, following former Arellano High School pillar Aaron Fermin.

The two will join forces with top gun Jerrick Ahanmisi, versatile Simon Camacho, and heady Jerom Lastimosa.


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