Now with Adamson, Franz Pumaren again a thorn on the side of Ateneo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 17, 2016 09:28 PM
Franz Pumaren again a thorn on the side of Ateneo
I KNOW YOU. Franz Pumaren celebrated his first win against Ateneo now as Adamson coach.

Before their big-time win on Saturday, the last time Adamson University defeated Ateneo de Manila University was back in 2011.

Then, Leo Austria roamed the sidelines and Alex Nuyles starred for the San Marcelino-based squad.

And before then, the last time the Soaring Falcons topped the Blue Eagles was way back in 1997.

Meaning, in the last 19 years, Adamson only has three wins to show against Ateneo.

The tides may be turning for the Falcons, however, with the entry of a coach who knows a thing or two about felling the kids from Katipunan – Franz Pumaren. “It’s a good win. It’s been a while since Adamson beat Ateneo,” he expressed in his post-game conference.

Pumaren, a former five-time champion coach with De La Salle University, has waged many bitter battles with the Eagles. And, of course, he has more than a few victories to his name.

And if his first win against them as Adamson coach is any indication, the multi-titled mentor may very well be once more a headache for Ateneo.

Still, the 52-year-old played down what happened courtesy of a “magical shot” from team captain Dawn Ochea. Asked to react to again coming out on top against his long-time rivals, he answered, “It’s the first time I realized that I looked good wearing blue also. Of course, there’s always the thing about the rivalry.”

He then continued, “It’s a fun game. I always look forward to playing this kind of game.”

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