Look out, Adamsonís Team B has been beating Team A
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 25, 2016 05:51 PM
COMING SOON. Franz Pumaren says many of Adamson's prized prospects are still in Team B.
Young yet hungry Adamson University gave top-seed and twice-to-beat De La Salle University all it could handle before bowing out of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The upstart Soaring Falcons were still in the game in the last two minutes of their Final Four matchup last Wednesday and it took much heavy lifting from Jeron Teng for the Green Archers to keep them at bay.
The mere fact that his boys gave a good scare to the consensus title favorites let Franz Pumaren be a proud coach. “I must say, even if we didn’t make it all the way, I can say it’s a magical run for us. Who would ever imagine of expect us to be in this kind of situation,” he mused post-game.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the multi-titled mentor will now rest on his laurels, however. “Well, if I feel that way, I shouldn’t be coaching already. There’s always room for improvement,” he said.
He then continued, “This tournament was an eye-opener for us because maturity and experience played a major role, but we survived. I’m excited for Season 80.”
And with their season just hours from being over, Pumaren was already challenging his players to step up their game so that Adamson as a whole can move another step forward. “Season 80 for us, starts tomorrow. It’s a never-ending process so even my Team B players who are doing residency, I tell them, ‘I picked you, but if I feel that you’re not improving, nothing personal, so be it,” he shared.
Now that the young Falcons have had a taste of the playoffs, their mentor was nothing but certain they will come back hungrier than ever.
That’s not the only thing that should worry the rest of the league, however, as the team that gave a good scare to DLSU will return with so much more weapons next year. “The team next year will be different. I’ll give you an example – I’m happy with Team A, I’m happy with what we achieved, but when Team A played Team B, talo sila sa Team B,” Pumaren shared
Just some of the names serving residency and in Adamson’s Team B are Jerie Pingoy and Filipino-Americans Bruce Edwards and Tyrus Hill.
Set to have even more ammunition for the collegiate wars, the 52-year-old is confident that he can make good on his promise to the faithful over at San Marcelino. As he narrated, “When they talked to me, they just wanted to be competitive. Ako, isa lang ang sinabi ko, I’m here to give Adamson a championship.”
He then continued, “Hindi ko isu-sugarcoat yun. I’m gonna give Adamson a championship.”
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