UAAP 82: Adamson secures its future in going with Douanga over Sarr

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 07, 2019 06:27 PM
Adamson secures its future in going with Douanga over Sarr
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For the first time in four seasons, Adamson University has a brand new man in the middle.

Gone is longtime pillar Papi Sarr and here is Lenda Douanga.

And in just his second game for the Soaring Falcons, the Congolese big man already proved his worth. "It showed tonight, he had a monster game with 26 points and 19 rebounds. it showed why we chose him over Papi," head coach Franz Pumaren said after they eked out an overtime triumph over very game National University, Saturday at Araneta Coliseum.

More than that, Douanga punctuated his powerful performance by hitting the improbable three-point shot that proved to be the difference between the two teams.

Yes, the 6-foot-11 center, with all the potential to be a paint presence, was the one to take and make the three from the top of the key - rather than Jerrick Ahanmisi or Jerom Lastimosa or even Aaron Fermin.

As it turns out, though, Douanga has been trying that shot out for a long time. "Before coming here, in Africa, I was already trying to hit three-points," he said.

And with that, the first-year player gave San Marcelino even more reason to look forward to their future. "If you look at our team right now, we're slowly rebuilding the team and we want the transition to go smoothly. Papi had just one more year and we're very thankful for all his services, for all his contributions," coach Franz shared.

He then continued, "With Lenda, we still have four more years after this so with him, the transition for rebuilding is right on target."

Still, even with the dominant double-double and the game-winner, the multi-titled mentor said there's much room to improve for their brand new man in the middle. "I guess the only downside with Lenda is his inexperience. Hopefully, he only continues this," he said.

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