As part of the last Adamson team to enter the UAAP Finals, Angela Benting sure knows how to win.
And with the Lady Falcons now backed by lighting giant Akari and coached by American Air Padda, the powerful outside hitter believes the team is back to being relevant in the collegiate wars again.
“Dati as in school lang talaga nag-sponsor sa amin,” she related. “Wala kaming PT. Pag ma-injure ka, tiis-tiis ganda ka lang tapos ‘yung allowance mo, halos pang one week lang at nag-ta-tiyaga lang kung ano meron kami. As in mahirap compared sa ngayon.”
But while this iteration of the Lady Falcons don’t lack in resources, the team is young, inexperienced and rebuilding, something Benting noticed.
“Sila yung pinaka-bata and pinaka-bagong team na nabuo sa UAAP. Halos lahat bago e,” she said. “For sure, mas lamang na sa skills and experience yung mga kalaban pero I’m sure lalaban pa din sila. Andun pa naman si (Jema) Galanza at iba pang players na natira.”
“Para sa mga coaches naman, kilala naman ng lahat na magagaling silang manlalaro for sure pinili sila para mag share ng knowledge nila and andyan sila para mag guide sa mga bata. Di ko pa kilala yung new head coach eh. Pero sabi naman ng mga players sobrang cool and napaka passionate niyang coach,” she added.
Adamson won’t be among the favorites this year, what with Final Four contenders abounding from Katipunan to Taft to U-Belt.
But Benting is unfazed, telling the youngsters to go all out and do battle as a team.
“Dapat paghirapan talaga nila every game, sacrifice lang, at siyempre kailangan iisa lang goal nilang lahat. Ganyan naman diba? Dapat mag-tulungan sila para makamit yun. Dapat fight as a team. Kaya nga fight team fight yan eh,” she said.