MOVING ON. Encho Serrano, who has continued to impress even in the international stage, will be taking his talents from San Marcelino to Sampaloc.
Encho Serrano will be staying in the UAAP.
Only, he will no longer be clad in the blue and white of Adamson University.
Like Goldwin Monteverde before him, Serrano will be moving on from the Baby Falcons and joining up with National University.
The development was first reported by Reuben Terrado of spin.ph.
No less than Monteverde said that the transfer has been made official on Monday.
Because he will be transferring from one UAAP school to another, however, the 17-year-old will no longer be eligible to play in the Juniors.
Instead, Serrano will be full-fledged Bulldog the next time he will take the court in the UAAP.
Before their move, Monteverde and Serrano – along with also NU-bound Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo – experienced a roller-coaster season with the Baby Falcons. Then, they ascended to the top of the leaderboard only to be dragged down by a league decision.
Now, however, the San Marcelino-based squad will no longer have its champion coach and championship-caliber core.
In all, Adamson lost Monteverde, Abadiano, Serrano, and Tamayo to NU; Forthsky Padrigao to Ateneo de Manila University; and EJ Agbong, Jojo Antiporda, Junjun Asuncion, and Jason Celis to Chiang Kai Shek College.
Still, new mentor Mike Fermin remains upbeat for the Baby Falcons. “Siyempre, problema yung nawala sila, pero ibig sabihin lang, kailangan lang mag-rebuild talaga,” he said.
The newly-installed head coach said he and team management pulled out all the stops in trying to pull Serrano back. As he shared, “Nung una talaga, sa side ng management, they were trying to negotiate na makabalik si Encho, pero nung nalaman naming wala nang pag-asa, sinabi ko na lang sa kanilang it’s going to be a fresh start for us.”
He then continued, “Mas maganda na rin na magsimula kami na ganito kaysa nandyan siya tapos mape-pressure siya na mag-isa lang siya.”
Even as Serrano has moved on, Fermin was nothing but glad to share that he will still have three returnees from last year’s squad – Adam and Andrey Doria and Joem Sabandal.
Those three, along with former Team B players and new recruits from Cebu, will comprise new-look Adamson in the looming UAAP season.
Guiding them will be a mentor who knows a thing or two about rebuilding – after all, he already did that with the Soaring Falcons and the Lady Falcons. “Very grateful ako sa Adamson and sa backers naming sina Engr. Gilbert Cruz and Engr. Bong Nuno kasi nga, yung trust nila sa akin, ibang klase,” Fermin said.
He then continued, “Imagine mo, ang sinasabi nila, ako na bahala sa team kasi they trust me so much.”
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