UAAP 82: “Designed play” leads to amazing Douanga winner
Paul Lintag on Sep 07, 2019 04:57 PM
With 1.4 seconds to go in extra time, first-year center from Congo Lenda Douanga hit a more improbable shot, connecting on a booming triple to push the Falcons for the lead and the win. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Adamson University was trailing all game long to an upset-conscious National U in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Big Dome.
Even as the Falcons somehow managed to force overtime, they were still staring at a painful defeat when Bulldogs star Dave Ildefonso put NU up two, 83-81, thanks to an improbable lay-up under heavy traffic.
But with 1.4 seconds to go in extra time, first-year Congolese center Lenda Douanga hit a more improbable shot, connecting on a booming triple to push the Falcons for the lead and the win, 84-83.
“We don’t think it was a lucky shot, it was a designed play that last shot,” head coach Franz Pumaren said, almost immediate drawing laughter from a shocked press room.
“Right? Tell them,” he added, talking to Douanga. “It was a play right? See. It wasa designed play. I told him [Lenda], Jerrick will be guarded, Fermin will be guarded, Simon will be guarded, so you take the three.”
Turning serious, Pumaren said Adamson needed that win against NU.
After a shock Final Four loss to UP year, the Falcons opened season 82 with a beating at the hands of defending two-time champion Ateneo.
Against the scrappy Bulldogs, it was important for Adamson to get a win and see what schemes work as after reworking their lineup from the offseason.
“We needed that win,” coach Franz said.
“I guess we were searching for the right combination, I think that’s the downside of having a young team. Having some new guys, we’re still searching for the right chemistry,” Pumaren added.
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