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Mike Fermin: ‘I am fighting for my team’

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The young Adamson Soaring Falcons are 0-4 in the young season of the UAAP. The record though does not reflect how hard the team plays game-in and game-out.

Last Sunday, the Adamson Falcons were down 21 points entering the second half against the De La Salle Green Archers. Slowly, the cagers from San Marcelino were able to bring the lead down to 11 points with a little more than seven minutes to go in the game. However, the team’s momentum was halted after team captain Dawn Ochea was called for an unsportsmanlike foul against Thomas Torres. This infuriated rookie head coach Mike Fermin and was called for two technical fouls that resulted to his ejection and suspension. The Falcons eventually lost the game 88-71.

“First half masama talaga pero nandoon na ang mga effort ng mga bata. Nanghinayang ako sa effort, sayang tapos gaganunin lang nila kami. Huwag naman,” the 37 year old coach remarked about the incident. “Sa akin lang be consistent lang kasi tanggap ko naman. But we were there down by 26, we make our run then the incident happen.”

Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Mike Fermin: ‘I am fighting for my team’    He then defended his team captain, Smart Elite ambassador Dawn Ochea. “Nagulat ako kasi unintentional iyon. Look at Dawn Ochea very tahimik na tao iyan, walang history. Mali lang ang rason ng referee kaya nag react ako ng ganoon.”

“Kung tamaan man siya, it was unintentional. Hindi intension ng player ko na manakit. Bago mangyari iyon, Ochea got the ball, tapik nang tapik walang nangyari, walang tawag. Dapat hindi naman umaabot sa ganoon,” he continued.

Early Monday afternoon, UAAP Commissioner Rebo Saquisag hammered Fermin with a one-game suspension. Fermin was already prepared for the punishment even after their game against La Salle. “Walang problema,” Fermin said. “I am fighting for my team. I apologize to my players, the admin, and Adamson community because all of us want to win. I want to win, all of us want to win. Ganiyan ko kayo ipaglalaban.”

“Di bale ako huwag kayo [his team] dahil they are playing,” he said about how he is willing to fight for his team. “Kapag ako na thrown out nandyan pa ang coaching staff. Kung may one game suspension ako, walang problema. We will contest ang mga nangyari kanina and we are ready to contest.”

The one game suspension hammered on Adamson head coach Mike Fermin will take effect on Wednesday, September 23 as the Soaring Falcons [0-4] face the National University Bulldogs [1-3] at 4:00pm.

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