UAAP: The 'Pumaren Press' has its new disciples in the Falcons
Philip Matel on Sep 22, 2018 05:39 PM
Despite the effort being tiresome even for the viewers, Franz Pumaren can boast that his players are always ready for the daily grind.
Coach Franz Pumaren has always been known as a stickler for defense.
Whether coaching the De La Salle Green Archers in the late 1990s and the 2000s or for a short while, the GlobalPort Batang Pier, his teams pride themselves in grinding hard under a vaunted defense known to terrorize his opponents.
His signature defense even earned a nickname, the Nightmare Press, which eventually evolved into the Pumaren Press.
In the Falcons' win against UST Saturday afternoon, Pumaren's signature style of gritty play came into light once more, pressing the upstart Growling Tiger offense for 94 feet for the entire 40 minutes.
They forced the boys from España in coughing up the ball an eye-popping 27 turnovers, which led to 29 points, a major catalyst in their 79-71 victory, their third in as many contests.
Despite the effort being tiresome even for the viewers, the longtime collegiate coach can boast that his players are always ready for the daily grind.
"We know how to pull the right plug, push the right button. As we all know this is a very long season. We’re still trying to make sure that come game time, everybody’s gonna be ready," Pumaren said in the post-game presser.
"Each of our players are beginning to accept their roles. They’re beginning to see the whole picture."
Even floor general Jerrick Ahanmisi was not spared from spearing a defensive effort, showing that he could defend just like any of his teammates, and it proved to be the advantage his team had down the stretch of a close game.
"I think this was a good test for us. We showed how well we played as a team down the stretch. Even though we had some players that weren't 100 percent, I think down the stretch we really played well as a team," the Fil-American guard said after the game.
Playing a team without any blue-chip recruits, Pumaren knows that his wards will definitely have a chip on their shoulders, an energy that the boys from San Marcelino can harness positively.
And with a team effort, Adamson has showed that they can win, as long as the team sticks together.
"Probably we are successful at this stage because we play as one unit. I think the only way for us to really be successful this year is to continue what we’re doing. We just have to stay within the course, stay within the system and program. No individual player can help us win games. It’s gonna be a team effort for us to beat the other teams."
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