UAAP: Adamson's coach Franz says streaks are meant to be stopped

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 08, 2018 02:45 PM
UAAP: Coach Franz says streaks are meant to be stopped
Coach Franz and his Adamson Soaring Falcons are perfect no more in UAAP Season 81

Adamson University’s perfect run to start the season came to an end last Sunday.

The Soaring Falcons tried anything and everything to keep their spotless slate, but ultimately, Far Eastern University persevered for the big-time win.

Of course, for head coach Franz Pumaren, their first loss in the tournament is a teaching moment. “I think we made some bad decisions down the stretch. We didn’t play smart,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “This type of game will help us get better and stronger and be a better team down the road.”

In particular, Coach Franz said Adamson forgot who it was – a defensive team, first and foremost.

“The mentality right now that we should have is we could not outscore the other teams. We’re winning because of our defense,” he shared.

He then continued, “We’re not that type of swashbuckling team that will blow them away. We’re just a regular Joe, blue-collar type of team so we have to work hard in every possession.”

Indeed, in the loss, the Soaring Falcons allowed the Tamaraws to score 88 points – the most they have given up thus far.

In fact, even FEU’s 80 points at the end of regulation is already the most a team has scored on Adamson through six games.

The multi-titled mentor also pointed out that, perhaps, his boys were putting too much pressure on themselves for being the only team with a perfect record. “We’re saying sayang yung streak? That’s why it’s called a streak – it’s meant to be stopped and it’s meant to be broken,” he shared.

He then continued, “I guess the pressure is no longer with the young kids right now that we can maintain that sweep.”

In the end, in the eyes of Coach Franz, the loss just proves that Adamson is a force to be reckoned with – and all of the teams in the tournament recognize that. “I’ve been stressing that with our current position, every team will be preparing for us. They don’t look at us coming to the game na, ‘Ah, Adamson lang yan, kaya natin,’” he said.

He then continued, “No, it’s a different approach and they really prepare for us.”

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