UAAP: Franz Pumaren explains Manganti and Ahanmisi's absence
Danine Cruz on Nov 18, 2018 08:11 PM
"If they want to validate if they’re just playing sick, they can go to the hospital, they can check it." -- Pumaren on Ahanmisi and Manganti's injury
Without the services of Sean Manganti and Jerrick Ahanmisi, Adamson University received a 26-point beating from the Far Eastern University in their last game of eliminations, Sunday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena.
According to head coach Franz Pumaren, he decided to sit out the two players to recuperate from minor injuries incurred from the past few days.
"[Jerrick] has a fever with sore throat. His resistance went down. He’s been sick since Thursday. Friday and Saturday he didn’t practice already. Si Sean naman he sprained his ankle on Friday, on Saturday he didn’t practice na he did some rehab on it," explained Pumaren.
Fortunately, the ailing Falcons will have enough time to recover as they still have one more week before they face the University of the Philippines on Saturday for the semifinals.
He clarified the situation to also answer the inquiries online accusing Adamson of deliberately not exerting effort in the no-bearing match.
"Things like that, it happens. If they want to validate if they’re just playing sick, they can go to the hospital, they can check it. If they think that Sean Manganti is just faking his injury, they can go to Focus Athletics, that he went there to get his treatment," Pumaren said.
The result of the game has no bearing on Adamson's campaign, but it has drastic effects on the remaining Final Four hopefuls De La Salle University and Far Eastern University. FEU's victory forced a playoff against DLSU for the last spot on Wednesday.
Regardless, Pumaren still tipped his hat off to FEU for balling out hard on the game.
"You have to give credit to FEU. They really played well. I think they shot the lights out in today’s game. They really played well. Due credit to FEU," added Pumaren.
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