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Lenda Douanga out for final year with Adamson due to academics

Lenda Douanga will not be able to play out his final year of collegiate eligibility with Adamson University after failing to meet both the university’s and the league’s academic requirements.

School officials confirmed the development to Tiebreaker Times.

Douanga, 24, had been the rock of the Soaring Falcons since Season 82.

Last season, the 6-foot-10 Congolese student-athlete was Adamson’s leading rebounder (7.63/game) while also putting up norms of 10.44 points per game.

Together with Jerom Lastimosa, the two helped steer the Soaring Falcons to the Final Four.

With Douanga out, Nigerian big man Diaga Ojarikre will fill the FSA spot for Adamson in the upcoming season.

Ojarikre suited up for Adamson in the 2023 Mayor Kirk Asis Open Invitationals.

Also out for Adamson are AP Manlapaz and Aaron Flowers.UAAP-85-MBB-F4-ADMU-vs.-ADU-AP-Manlapaz-9562 Lenda Douanga out for final year with Adamson due to academics AdU Basketball EAC NCAA News UAAP  - philippine sports news

Manlapaz, who averaged 6.57 points and 1.71 rebounds last season, opted to transfer to a new school in Emilio Aguinaldo College.

He still has three years of eligibility left.UAAP-85-MBB-F4-ADMU-vs.-ADU-Aaron-Flowers-9613 Lenda Douanga out for final year with Adamson due to academics AdU Basketball EAC NCAA News UAAP  - philippine sports news

Meanwhile, Flowers, who normed 3.25 points and 3.19 rebounds, decided to forgo his final year of eligibility to return to the States, according to Soaring Falcons head coach Nash Racela.

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