Manong upbeat that UE only getting started with back-to-back wins

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 08, 2016 08:57 PM
Manong upbeat that UE only getting started with back-to-back
UP AND UP. Derrick Pumaren is adamant that UE can only get better as the season goes on.

Starting the season with six straight losses, the University of the East have now won two games in a row.

Without a doubt, the team experiencing the greatest of struggles early on, the Red Warriors have finally gotten into their groove – first, with a come-from-behind victory versus Adamson University and then, with a wire-to-wire win against University of Sto. Tomas.

Looking like a team unable to impose their will in the first six games, Derrick Pumaren’s wards have now enforced their coach’s patented press to the tune of an average of 27.5 forced errors in back-to-back games.

Dictating the tempo of those two games, UE won by an average of 8.5 points.

Pumaren pointed to their comeback win against the Soaring Falcons as what may be the turning point of their campaign. Not because it was a personal triumph for him over younger brother Franz, as he said, “We all know how important that game was for us.”

He then continued, “That win against Adamson, we used it as a positive. We were (in a hole) six feet deep and we just had to get out of it.”

Now they have, the eldest Pumaren is nothing but positive that his Warriors can continue climbing the leaderboard. “We just have to crawl slowly out of that hole. Hopefully, this is the start of something big for us,” he said.

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