Seldom-used Bernardo answers Pumaren and Adamson's call
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 21, 2016 09:07 PM
READY, WILLING, ABLE.
Last Saturday, Adamson University coach Franz Pumaren said Dawn Ochea’s “magical shot” that felled Ateneo de Manila University made him a coaching genius.
Then, the multi-titled mentor, but first-year Soaring Falcons coach sent in Ochea off the bench to take – and eventually make – the game-winning shot. “Dawn Ochea made me a coaching genius. He nailed that magical shot,” he expressed.
Four days later, the 52-year-old pulled another trick off his proverbial hat to grant the San Marcelino-based squad their first back-to-back wins in the tournament. With Cameroonian Papi Sarr in foul trouble, he sent in seldom-used Kristian Bernardo to hold down the fort – against hulking Alfred Aroga no less.
As Pumaren put it in his post-win conference, “Bernardo made me look really good there. He was the game-changer and made big baskets down the stretch.”
The second-year-center did not let his coach down and tallied all his seven points in three rebounds in the endgame. He was at the center of the 9-4 run that turned a one-point deficit into the four-point lead they would keep until the final buzzer.
The Adamson coach said he had no doubt that Bernardo stepping up for his squad. “Based on how he has been practicing, I knew he was ready. He knows his role and he has set aside his ego,” he expressed.
For his part, the Bulacan native said that, indeed, Pumaren has done nothing but prepare him for whatever he needs to do. “Sa akin kasi, ginagawa ko lang yung trabaho ko, yung pinapagawa ni coach,” he said.
He then continued, “Ready lang ako lagi sa sa bench.”
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