The Soaring Falcons are now in survival mode as they face the FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday, 12:30 pm at the Araneta Coliseum.
After the critical loss last Sunday, Adamson is now in sixth place in the elimination round (4-7). Unfortunately, they are standing last on a five-team battle for the last three spots up for grabs in the Final Four race, behind UP (7-4), UST (7-5), FEU (6-6), and DLSU (5-6).
Adamson will try to bounce back from a frustrating defeat they suffered at the hands of the Fighting Maroons. With three games left in their schedule, the Soaring Falcons need to play wire-to-wire, consistent offense to sweep the remaining matches for a shot at a Final Four spot.
The veterans are expected to carry Adamson in the three-game stretch. Last game, Val Chauca erupted for 11 of his 19 points in the first frame to set the tone for the dominant three and a half quarters of play for the Falcons. Jerrick Ahanmisi and Simon Camacho also chipped in 13 and 11 markers in the game.
The Soaring Falcons will face a surprising FEU squad that continues to create chaos in the Final Four race despite losing key figures from last season.
As FEU continues to spread the wealth on offense, Adamson must be wary of every Tamaraw on the floor. It’s not just the young backcourt duo of LJay Gonzales and Royce Alforque who can score for their team. Everyone from big man Pat Tchuente down to rookie Xyrus Torres has the license to shoot. In FEU’s dominant win against La Salle, eight players on their lineup scored at least five points in the game, with Gonzales, Ken Tuffin, Wendell Comboy and Torres reaching double digits.
The Soaring Falcons are already familiar with this Russian roulette offense of FEU. In their first-round encounter, Tchuente and Torres came out with great performances as they scored 21 points apiece to take an 83-71 win over Adamson.
Adamson still holds their own fate in the tight Final Four race, but they need to win their last three games against FEU, UST (Oct. 26), and DLSU (Oct. 30).