Pumaren expected much more from now also-ran Warriors
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 27, 2016 02:02 PM
NOT LIKE THIS. UE will not be in the Final Four for the seventh straight season.
Derrick Pumaren has been calling the shots for the University of the East for three years and he is yet to enter the Final Four.
The Red Warriors’ playoff drought even extends further and the last time they played past the elimination round was back in 2009.
Looked at as a team that could challenge for the fourth-seed, or even the third-seed, Pumaren and his boys have instead found themselves languishing at the bottom of the standings with only two wins to show after 11 games.
Asked about the root of another lost season, Pumaren answered bluntly, “There are some players who did not compete and some who did compete. But the players na inaasahan ko were not able to deliver.”
He then continued, “They’ve been falling sa expectations.”
Indeed, through 11 games, supposed star player Bonbon Batiller is averaging 10.3 points in 28.8 percent shooting and 2.1 turnovers while team captain Paul Varilla is norming 5.5 points in 35.5 percent shooting and 1.5 turnovers. Five-year veteran RR De Leon hasn’t been any better with per game counts of 4.6 points in 31.5 percent shooting.
All told, UE’s best player is rookie Alvin Pasaol who has impressed with 11.9 points, five rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.
Still, the eldest Pumaren was adamant that the Warriors will keep battling even if all that would be at stake for them would be school pride. As he put it, “We’ll still fight, we’ll still go for the win. Hopefully, the long break will clear their minds.”
He then continued, “I don’t wanna pressure them, but I still wanna finish this season on a winning note.”
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