Ritualo shooting, Allado post presence set to be seen in Adamson
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 26, 2016 05:11 PM
BONUS. Franz Pumaren has brought with him to Adamson shooting coach Renren Ritualo and big man coach Don Allado.
Franz Pumaren’s arrival in Adamson University has been said to be the beacon of their return to relevance.
While the 52-year-old multi-titled mentor has long proven himself more than capable to do just that, it’s his highly-decorated staff who just might make the Falcons worthy of soaring.
Back with Pumaren in their new nest over in San Marcelino are longtime lieutenants Jack Santiago and Tonichi Yturri. According to the players themselves, however, it’s the addition of first-time coaches Renren Ritualo and Don Allado that has brought the biggest impact.
Take the case of Cameroonian Pape Sarr who had flashes of brilliance as a rookie a year ago – and that was all raw talent and without a dedicated mentor. As he put it, “I’ve been here for three years, I never had a big man coach.”
Now he has Allado, once a dominant center back when he was in De La Salle University before having a lengthy pro career, the second-year big man is adamant that he can only improve. “For me, in particular, he’s been a big help. I really enjoy learning from him,” he said.
He then continued, “He has made a lot of improvement to my game.”
The same goes for fellow sophomore Jaydee Tungcab who is already an explosive slasher, but needs to round out his game with some shooting. Enter Ritualo, arguably one of the best to ever launch from long-range.
Having the “Ren-man” himself help him work on his form is more than enough motivation for Tungcab. “Tinuturuan niya ako ng shooting araw-araw. Alam kong hindi ganun kadali magkaroon ng shooting, pero sinisikap ko araw-araw na maging tulad niya,” he expressed.
Ritualo has also been working wonders for rookie Jerrick Ahanmisi.
A shooter to begin with, the younger brother of Rain or Shine pointman Maverick said the skills coach has been encouraging him to venture inside. “He has been teaching me to mix up my game and not just be a shooter,” he said.
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