Kay coach Franz ako -- Cardona on Adamson-DLSU game

Mark Escarlote on Sep 20, 2017 07:40 PM
Kay coach Franz ako -- Cardona on Adamson-DLSU game
Alam ko sa La Salle ako galing pero ang support ko kay coach Franz -- Macmac Cardona on DLSU-Adamson match

Macmac Cardona got a chance to watch the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball duel between his former team De La Salle University and Adamson University handled by his college mentor Franz Pumaren.

Asked by ABS-CBN Sports, who he was rooting for in the match Wednesday at the MOA Arena, the GlobalPort guard had a quick answer.

“Siyempre, I have to support 'yun taong tumulong sa akin, si coach Franz,” said Cardona, who was wearing a dark blue collared shirt and was seated at the back of the Falcons’ bench where DLSU alumni Renren Ritualo and Don Allado serve as Pumaren’s deputies. 

Cardona just wanted to give his support to the coach that molded him into a dangerous scorer back in his college days when he led the Green Archers to two titles (including the forfeited Season 67 crown).

“Alam ko sa La Salle ako galing pero ang support ko kay coach Franz,” said the UAAP rookie of the year back in 2001. “Kasi di naman ako magiging Macmac, Captain Hook kung hindi naman kay coach Franz. So ayun I support him.”

Unfortunately, Pumaren’s squad bowed down to the Ben Mbala-led DLSU, 73-85, for their second loss in three matches. 

The Falcons had no answer to the rampaging Mbala, who scored 32 points in an 11-of-16 field goal clip and grabbed 10 boards in his first match with DLSU after fulfilling his duties with the Cameroon national team.   

Adamson went behind, 12-36, after the first 10 minutes of action before mounting a comeback, 66-73, with nine minutes remaining in the duel before fading.  

“Di ko alam bakit ganoon? Parang natatakot sila (Adamson). Siguro may factor ‘yun kasi kapag La Salle ang kalaban mo matatakot ka eh,” said Cardona.

But Cardona’s confident that Pumaren will eventually mold the Falcons into a title contender. 

“Siguro kaya naman. Magagawa naman niya ‘yan gaya ng sa amin,” he said. “Basta I support coach Franz.”




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