Thursday, April 7, 2011

S73 Autopsy: ADU Soaring Falcons

Outgoing Players
- Michael Galinato (2.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists)
- William Stinnett (3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists)

Win/Loss Records
- Season 73: 9-5 (3rd, lost in the Final Four to Ateneo De Manila University)
- Season 72: 5-9 (5th)
- Season 71: 3-11 (7nd)

Key Stats
- First in the league in steals (7.2) and turnovers forced per game (19.8)
- First in the league in opponents' field goal attempts (56.67) and three point field goal attempts allowed per game (17)
- First in the league in opponents' offensive rebounds allowed per game (10.33)
- Last in the league in opponents' three point percentage (33.73)

Adamson's guards corps, Jerick Canada, Lester Alvarez and Alex Nuyles, were swipe masters (image source)
 Season in a Snapshot
After a season that is remembered more for a hideous foul by Eric Camson on a La Salle player that wound up losing the game for them, the Season 73 incarnation of the Soaring Falcons looked worlds apart. The team forged its reputation on a stingy defense with a point guard pair that forced large amounts of turnovers early on in the summer tournaments, and the attitude and confidence carried over to the UAAP proper.

Despite a sub-par center duo of Austin Manyara and Michael Galinato, the Falcons flourished, and scored the first victory against a seemingly invincible (at that time) FEU team. Ultimately though, they succumbed to an old familiar nemesis, the ADMU Blue Eagles, in the Final Four, losing to them for the 28th straight time.

Team Needs
- Classic center - post player with shot blocking abilities
- Point guards for the future

With Lester Alvarez, Jerick Canada, Janus Lozada and Jan Colina all on their last year of eligibility, this might be do or die for the Falcons. None of their rookies seem to be blue chippers, and odds are long that Manyara will show remarkable improvement, so it will be up to the veterans, plus Alex Nuyles and Eric Camson to carry the load for this squad offensively. Ultimately though, the squad will live or die by their defense. If they can keep up the defensive intensity of last season, then it's not inconceivable that the Falcons will book themselves a Final Four seat. I still feel though that the Finals might still be out of reach for them. 

Projected Recruits
- Nestor Bantayan is a former Baby Falcon, who was named to the U-16 team in 2009. He was known as a shot blocker back in high school, standing at 6'2". If he's grown since then, he could be a nice power forward back-up for Colina.
- Eric Cabigas is a transferee from the Ateneo de Davao University where it seems he was a decent scorer and rebounder
- 6'1" Jericho Cruz adds firepower to the Adamson squad, as a transferee from Rizal Technological University, where he was named to the NCRAA's Mythical Five. He'll sit out Season 74 though, due to residency requirements.
- Harry Petilos is a transferee from the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta. He's already served his residency and thus, can contribute in Season 73.

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