Two days after their entry into the Final Four, Adamson coach Franz Pumaren announced that they are aiming for the second twice-to-beat in the semis of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men’s basketball tournament.
“Yeah, like what I’ve mentioned, we’re living the dream and we’ll continue dreaming, we’ll continue the journey,” Pumaren told reporters during an interview. “We are in a situation where there’s a possibility that we can create a tie for the second spot, why not?”
Erstwhile unbeaten De La Salle University is currently No. 1 with 12-1 win-loss record followed by Far Eastern University (FEU) with 8-4, and Ateneo De Manila University also with 8-4.
“I guess we’re the gate-crasher right now in this Final Four dance and you know, with this opportunity, might as well make the most out of it.”
Adamson beat defending champion FEU on Sunday, and University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.
“We’ll try to play hard, we’ll try to win the last two games,” added Pumaren. “The scenario right now, we have a very good chance of getting that No. 2 spot by creating a triple tie. At least we have this rare opportunity.”
Falcons Sean Manganti, Robbie Manalang, Jonathan Espeleta, Jerrick Ahanmisi, Cameroonian Papi Sarr and Dawn Ochea, have executed Pumaren’s plan efficiently in the last three games.
“Well, I think they embraced it already,” he said. “I think they know that in this kind of situation, they have to accept the fact that they’ll be under the limelight, pressure will be there, and it’s just a matter of accepting the challenge.”
The Falcons will be battling the already-eliminated National University Bulldogs on Sunday.