Jerrick Ahanmisi hopes the Adamson community is as excited as he is.
Getting a big chance to barge into the championship round for the first time in the Final Four era, the Soaring Falcons battle UP in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball semifinals Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
And Ahanmisi hopes the San Marcelino faithful crowd the venue and match the expectedly huge crowd that the Fighting Maroons will bring.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “If we win that one game, then we will be in the finals. I’m excited and everybody else should be excited.”
Ahanmisi, who became the first Adamson player to be named to the Mythical Team since Alex Nuyles in 2011, knows what at stake and believes that they can shine in a game of this magnitude.
The Falcons haven’t won the UAAP men’s basketball championship since 1977 and is just one of two schools, along with UP, that haven’t made it to the finals since the Final Four was instituted in 1994.
Adamson has a twice-to-beat advantage for just the second time in school history, and Ahanmisi and crew are bent on not wasting it like what happened seven years ago against FEU.
“It’s an exciting thing for Adamson that we can do it for the school, the team and the people who are graduating this year,” he said. “Hopefully, we can make some history.”
Ahanmisi knows it won’t be a walk in the park, especially as he will be matched up against the Maroons’ impressive array of guards in Jun Manzo, Juan Gomez de Liano and Paul Desiderio.
“They’re good guards. Coach Bo coaches them really well,” he said. “They’re very skilled and very talented. It’d be a good game for us.”
Nonetheless, the Fil-Am sniper believes that coach Franz Pumaren will have them ready for whatever UP will bring to the table.
“We just gotta scout them well, make sure we hopefully limit some of the things they do,” he closed.