MANILA, Philippines – Adamson has immortalized Jerom Lastimosa’s jersey No. 7 ahead of his final year of playing in the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball tournament that starts Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The school held a jersey retirement for the graduating guard during the Pep Rally on Friday.
“No other member of the Soaring Falcons Basketball Men’s team will be allowed to wear this number again, in recognition of Jerom Lastimosa’s remarkable journey as an athlete,” Adamson said. “We look forward to seeing you in the UAAP field again this season, Jerom!”
The Falcons produced several notable basketball stars such as Hector Calma, Kenneth Duremdes, Marlou Aquino, former UAAP MVP Ken Bono and Jericho Cruz. But Lastimosa became the first Adamson athlete to have his jersey retired.
Adamson University retires Jerom Lastimosa’s jersey No. 7. No other member of the Soaring Falcons Basketball Men’s Team…
It was an unprecedented occurrence in UAAP basketball for a player’s jersey number to be surrendered before he played his final season.
The 6-foot-1 guard, who started playing for Adamson in 2018, admitted he suffered a knee injury that required surgery during practice, but he committed to playing his final season for the Falcons.
Lastimosa was part of the Gilas Pilipinas team’s gold medal race at this year’s 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia.
Lastimosa emerged as one of the best point guards in the league last year, leading Adamson to the Final Four after averaging 14.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in the ’85 season.
Adamson opens his Season 86 campaign against second-ranked University of the Philippines on Sunday at the MOA Arena.