UAAP: Adamson defense a statement to the rest of the UAAP
Philip Matel on Sep 22, 2018 06:02 PM
Adamson hopes to make a point in their defense.
What the Adamson Soaring Falcons lack in individual talent, they make up on defense.
That's how coach Franz Pumaren describes his boys on their 3-0 start, their best start since the UAAP started tracking stats electronically in 2003.
Adamson showed that it could lock down the UAAP's best, even upsetting defending champs Ateneo in the season opener. Both teams hit big shot after big shot that game, but it ultimately came down to hounding the ball.
" As we all know, [in the] game today [and the] game against Ateneo, down the stretch, I think my players made some good decisions. I guess we just have to prepare. I think we opened a can of other things to do for us to survive a game against anybody," Pumaren said.
Just like then, the Falcons soared once again in ball hawking, forcing a season-high 27 turnovers against upstart UST.
Being a long-time coach, he has handled stars in the likes of Renren Ritualo, Mike Cortez, Jvee Casio, and previous no-names in Jerrick Ahanmisi, Sean Manganti, and Pape Sarr.
Despite all that, the defense was always there, conforming to the level of talent of his players.
"Every year I adjust my defense. It depends on my materials. It depends on the teams that we are playing. That’s the main point here, because I don’t think we can outscore the other teams. I don’t think we’re individually talented," the coach said after the game.
So what's another point?
"We’re here to make a statement with our defense. That’s the main focal point of our successful run at this stage."