Tungcab claws his way back into Pumaren’s good graces

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 15, 2016 11:12 AM
Tungcab claws his way back into Pumaren’s good graces
DELAYED FLIGHT. Slowly but surely, Jaydee Tungcab is regaining both his minutes and coach Franz Pumaren's trust.

Adamson University’s top recruit a year ago, Jaydee Tungcab has fallen off the map in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball.

Starting the season as part of the first five, not only does the sophomore swingman now come off the bench, he has also gotten his role reduced.

However, it’s actually a good thing that he even comes off the bench or he still has a role at all.

“That’s what I’ve been stressing (to my players) – guys sitting on the bench, when the time comes that you’ll be playing, might as well make the most out of it,” coach Franz Pumaren said. “If you’ll recall, when the season started, Tungcab was the starter then he went down to the third group, but he worked his way up again.”

Indeed, the 19-year-old was Pumaren’s starter for the first two games before being relegated to the bench.

For a couple of contests now in the stretch run of the tournament even, Tungcab was a DNP-CD (Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision) until he fought back for his time and then made the most of his minutes. “I’m the type of coach that when you show me that you deserve to play, you show me that you’re working hard in practice, I’ll give you an opportunity,” Pumaren expressed.

One of the highly-touted recruits out of high school’s Class of 2015, the former Baby Falcon said he has no quarrel with his coach. “Nirerespeto ko decision ni coach. Kung anumang ginagawa ni coach, tiwala lang ako kasi alam ko namang gusto siyang ginagawa para ikapanalo namin,” he shared.

He then continued, “Iniintindi ko na lang kasi alam ko na ako rin naman na ako ang mali. Alam ko rin na malaki ang expectations sa akin ni coach kaya dapat na lang akong natuto sa nangyaring yun.”

The good news for the faithful over at San Marcelino is that Tungcab is only determined to use this setback for a comeback. “Kung anong ginagawa ko na hindi fit sa sistema, binabago ko. Nagbago talaga mindset ko kasi gusto ni coach, lagi akong mabilis, lagi akong dumidepensa,” he said.

He also added, “Kung dati, ‘di ako naglalaro ng consistent, ngayon, yun yung binabago ko. Dapat tuloy-tuloy laro ko.”

Now he is back to contributing in the Falcons’ soaring back into the Final Four, the lanky wingman said he wants nothing more than to reclaim his place as one of the faces of his team. “Nagpapasalamat ako kay coach, pero ‘di pa rin ako kuntento sa nangyari ngayon. Kung anong gusto ni coach, mas hihigitan ko pa,” he expressed.


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