UAAP: Adamson not resting on laurels after blazing 4-0 start
Philip Matel on Sep 26, 2018 07:45 PM
The Adamson Soaring Falcons have definitely showed their poise in their come-from-behind win against the UP Fighting Maroons.
Despite continuing their best start since 2003 following a heart-stopping, come-from-behind victory against the UP Fighting Maroons, the Adamson Falcons are still cautious, led by none other than by their head coach Franz Pumaren.
Pumaren, who won several titles with De La Salle University, added that the team still has not proven anything though they are on top of the UAAP standings, sporting an immaculate 4-0 record.
"It’s just the fourth game. We were being lax. I’ve been stressing that we’re not that good of a team to be running away from what we’re doing. We’re winning because we’re using our system. We’re winning because we're playing as a team not only offensively but also defensively," the coach said after the game.
The Falcons, who won on a game-winning semi-hook shot by Sean Manganti with 0.7 seconds left, trailed by as much by 12 points in the third quarter, 50-38, but came up with their signature defense and put the clamps against the boys from Diliman with the game-clinching 10-3 run in the final three minutes.
Pumaren admitted that the win, which made him quip that he aged 'by six months', showed his team's poise, and proved that they will not back down until the final buzzer. "I’ve been stressing to the players that we can’t just think that the other teams will just roll over and hand us the game."
For star guard Jerrick Ahanmisi, it should not have gone to a close finish, but then again, their mental toughness came througn and that's what gave them the victory.
Now that the team is continuing to jell under the fiery veteran coach, Pumaren talks proudly of the team's improvement under his rightful guidance.
"Probably the old Adamson, when they’re down by eight or 10 points heading into the four, five minutes, that 10 points will balloon to a bigger lead. But this time around we kept our composure, which is a trademark of accepting their respective roles, accepting that it’s high time somebody should assume responsibility down the stretch.”
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