Pumaren: ‘I’m here to change the culture in Adamson’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 03, 2016 09:51 PM
PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION. Adamson is seeing a ray of hope for its basketball program in the form of muti-titled mentor Franz Pumaren.
The Franz Pumaren era has dawned on Adamson University and we were all witnesses to its rise in the opening of the 2016 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament last Saturday.
And although it started with a setback, it was made clear that these aren’t the same Falcons who only have four wins to show in the last couple of UAAP seasons. “I’ll be a hypocrite if I tell you we’re not looking at the Final Four or the Finals. One thing for sure is we’re gonna be competitive,” Pumaren told reporters following his first televised game on the sidelines of the San Marcelino-based squad.
Indeed, erstwhile anonymous Adamson surprised just about everyone when they pushed fancied De La Salle University to the limit. They were in the game until the final frame where Mythical selection Jeron Teng and hulking Cameroonian Ben Mbala took over for the Green Archers.
Still, the competitive defeat was a satisfactory outcome for the new mentor of the Falcons. “I like what I’m seeing right now,” he said.
However, the former DLSU and Air21 coach was also quick to clarify that he and his boys won’t be in games just to compete. As he put it, “I’m here to change the culture of Adamson. There’s a tendency for them to be just happy about competing; yung pwede na; yung boundary na.”
He then continued, “No, hopefully the landscape here will change come the UAAP.”
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