UAAP 85 picks up steam with basketball presscon

Date Posted: October 4, 2022 at 03:53 PM

UAAP season continues to pick up phase as the league held its first press conference since the pandemic last September 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Coaches and players from the eight member schools graced the event that also featured the introduction of each teams’ new correspondents.

Coach Nash Racela, along with King Falcon Jerom Lastimosa, Vince Magbuhos, Lenda Douanga, Ray Allen Torres and the AdU coaching staff represented Adamson.


Falcons on the rise

With the UAAP basketball playing field now back at zero, Falcons head coach Nash Racela is hopeful that his wards will make it back to the Final Four after missing narrowly missing the cut last season.

He was also adamant about their off-season activities, despite not having overseas training like other UAAP schools.

“No international exposure, unlike the other schools. We’re more provincial trips, and it’s really helpful for our team,” he said.

Asked about his picks for teams to beat, the second-year Falcons mentor mentioned the UP Fighting Maroons, NU Bulldogs, De La Salle Green Archers, and the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Meanwhile, Janna Ehido from Ateneo de Manila University was formally announced as the new correspondent for the Soaring Falcons. Ehido, a Communication major, is a former commentator for Formula 1 and winner of its DHL Fastest Lap Commentator Challenge.

“I am very excited [to be a correspondent for the Soaring Falcons]. I was in the Pep Rally tapos grabe ‘yung energy. I’m just happy na mainit ‘yung pagtanggap ng Adamson Community sa akin,” she said in an interview.

“Of all the years na pwede akong maging correnspondent, ‘yung hosting year pa talaga [ng Adamson], so all the more na privilege sa akin… I’m very excited to tell your stories”


Rising as One

UAAP 85 features the theme Rise as One, ­which gives a nod to Filipinos’ lived experiences of the Covid-19, and everyone’s resiliency amid its threats and challenges.

Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, AdU Athletic Director and current president of the UAAP, explained this as moving towards the new normal.

Rise as One is not just about the UAAP, it is also about our community, our country and our interconnectedness as we move forward and upward from the effect of the pandemic,” he said.

UAAP Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag also  announced that all the games of the seniors basketball event will be aired via Cignal TV’s One Sports and UAAP Varsity Channel and the Smart GigaPlay Application.

The UAAP board also revealed that they will slowly re-adopt the old game schedules on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Wednesday schedules will be airing an 11AM, 1PM, 4:30PM and 6:30PM quadruple header while Saturday and Sunday will feature a 2PM and 4PM double-header.

Games will also be back at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Ynares Coliseum and the Philsports Arena, with Women’s Basektball games also being played at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Audience capacities are expected not to be at 100%, however, patron seats will now be opened in game venues.

Saguisag also mentioned that they are eyeing to lay down limits on the maximum allowable benefits for student athletes, which would cap athletes’ grants to academic and sports development endeavors.

A planned implementation of coaches’ challenge system, which is already practiced in numerous basketball federations abroad, was also announced by new Basketball Commissioner Dickie Bachmann. This would allow head coaches to contest one referee whistle per game.