Pumaren says Falcons have surprised even themselves
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2016 05:07 PM
UPSTARTS. Franz Pumaren wants his young Adamson Soaring Falcons to continue gaining valuable experience.
Finishing the first round of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament at 4-3, Adamson University find themselves right in the middle of the playoff picture.
For many, that was what was expected when Franz Pumaren took over their basketball program.
Not quite for the Soaring Falcons, however, if the multi-titled mentor is to be believed. As he put it, “I guess even our own school probably got surprised. I don’t think anybody expected us to finish above .500 and (already exceed) our won games last year.”
Last year, the San Marcelino-based squad wound up holding a 3-11 win-loss record – tied for the worst in the league.
Although they are already one better than last year with the second round still to come, Pumaren said he and his wards are far from satisfied. “Honestly, I’m quite happy with our showing, but you know me very well, I don’t get easily satisfied,” he said.
He then continued, “I hope my players won’t be satisfied with just breaking the three games won we had last year.”
Win or lose, however, the 52-year-old said what matters is that his young team continues to gain valuable experience. “We just hope that each game should be a learning experience. How I wish I can predict that we can mature this coming second round, but, I guess, playing in the last seven games, at least it really helped us,” he said.
Apparently, Pumaren means experience not just in the game, but also with what happens around it. “They’re not used to this kind of limelight. I don’t think they got media attention before,” he shared.
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