Pumaren on first matchup vs DLSU: ‘I hope we can keep it close’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 21, 2016 08:28 PM
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING. Franz Pumaren will be on the opposite side from his alma mater.
De La Salle University alumnus and former multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren will be coaching against his alma mater and former team on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
Now calling the shots for Adamson University, the 57-year-old downplayed his first time coaching against the Green Archer side he led to five championships. “It’s just one of the scheduled games we have to play,” he expressed.
Asked to assess his former team, Pumaren reiterated his statement before the start of the season that DLSU was the team-to-beat. As he put it, “You know, they are the hands down favorite. You just look at their lineup – they’re quite deep from one to 16.”
He then continued, “They have all the materials. I think they’re the favorite even from the start.”
In this light, the multi-titled mentor was quick to clarify that he will not be guaranteeing anything. “I hope we keep the game very close. We just have to dig deep for us to compete with the powerhouse,” he expressed.
One matchup to watch then will be the clash of titans Papi Sarr of Adamson and Ben Mbala of DLSU. Asked about it, however, Sarr said, “I don’t want to talk about the matchup.”
For his part, however, Pumaren said he already knew who the better Cameroonian was. As he kidded, “One thing is for sure, according to his mom, he’s better – better looking and better player.”
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