UAAP 82: Adamson coach Mike Fermin out to build on breakthrough playoff win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 26, 2020 04:45 PM
Mike Fermin out to build on breakthrough playoff win
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Brick-by-brick, Mike Fermin brought back Adamson High School into contention.

Back in 2015, the Baby Falcons were, all of a sudden, without a head coach with Goldwin Monteverde transferring to Nazareth School of National University.

Fortunately for them, there was somebody ready and raring to take up the reins even without much time to get ready - as he had already done that for the school's Srs. and Women's teams.

And so, Mike Fermin became head coach for the Baby Falcons and led them to just outside the playoff picture in his first year.

That immediate impact was what he had done for the Lady Falcons who figured in stepladder playoffs in Season 79 as well as the Soaring Falcons who, albeit remaining at the bottom half of the standings, were more competitive than expected at 3-11 in Season 78.

In his second season for Adamson High, Coach Mike directed a starmaking season for Joem Sabandal and drove the blue and white to its first playoff appearance since Coach Gold.

There, they bowed to the eventual champion Bullpups in the semifinals - signaling the end of an era with Sabandal, AP Manlapaz, and Doria brothers Adam and Andrey showing the way.

To the shock of nobody, however, Coach Mike only moved forward with a brand new contending core.

And behind Season MVP Jake Figueroa as well as fellow prized rookie John Erolon, Adamson has made it back-to-back playoff apperances. "Bago lahat sa kanila 'to, pero ang maganda kasi sa kanila, kung anong tinuturo namin sa training, naa-apply sa game," he said.

Not only that, the Baby Falcons went on to soar to even greater heights after taking down longtime Finalist Ateneo de Manila High School in the first rung of the stepladder.

That win thrust them to a matchup opposite twice-to-beat Far Eastern University-Diliman.

And on a personal note, that win was the first win in the playoffs for the head coach known as "The Rebuilder." "Ang sarap. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam. Nabunutan ako ng tinik," he said.

He then continued, "10 rookies, six holdovers na hindi naman gamit last year. We didn't expect to be in this situation, pero here we are."

With the Soaring Falcons, Fermin was far and away from the playoffs. A year later, he and the Lady Falcons entered the Final Four, but made it no farther.

Fast forward to now and, not only is he and his boys on a breakthrough playoff run, they actually have a shot at upending the Baby Tamaraws and even upsetting undefeated defending champion Bullpups. "Maglalaro lang kami at magtitiwala sa mga sarili namin," he said.

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