Pumaren and his Falcons accept the DLSU Final Four challenge

Paul Lintag on Nov 17, 2016 03:40 PM
Pumaren and his Falcons accept the DLSU Final Four challenge
Franz Pumaren and his young Adamson Falcons are looking forward to pull off another UAAP surprise in the Final Four.

Faced with a herculean task of trying to stop the mighty Green Archers from La Salle, Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren made sure that his young Falcons knew what they were dealing with.

Because if they weren't, they might as well hand La Salle a free pass to the Finals.

Fortunately for Pumaren, the upstart Soaring Falcons are as pumped as he is to cause a little excitement in the UAAP by the time the playoffs roll around next week.

"Just like when I talked to the players after the [Ateneo] game, are we satisfied with just the Final Four? Because if I feel that we're just satisfied being in the Final Four, I won't waste time preparing, I won't face time reviewing," Pumaren said Wednesday as he officially put his entire team on notice.

"But everybody answered in an affirmative manner so we'll still gonna continue the journey and hopefully we can pull some surprises," he added.

Making the postseason for the first time in five years, the no. 4 Falcons now how the unenviable task of stopping La Salle from making a return trip to the Finals.

Pumaren, who coached the Green Archers to five UAAP titles back in the day, is confident that his young Falcons have what it takes to stage an upset.

Or at least, make the experience worth it by stacking up on some much-need playoff exposure.

"It's gonna be exciting, it's gonna be fun. Anyway they're supposed to win naman eh, everything for us, we have everything to gain and nothing to lose," Pumaren said.

"You have to look at the whole picture, we're playing the best team right now. Hopefully we can accept the challenge. We're not used in this kinds of situation but this is a good learning process for us," he added.

The Adamson Soaring Falcons take on the DLSU Green Archers in the Final Four on November 23, 4 p.m. LIVE on S+A channel 23, S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream here.
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