Adamson University coach Franz Pumaren said that the Soaring Falcons have surpassed their goals in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men’s basketball tournament despite losing to De La Salle University in the Final Four.
Under Pumaren, the Falcons emerged as a contender entering the Final Four with a record of eight wins against six losses. The Falcons displayed their new strength after the Green Archers escaped via a slim 64-69 win on Wednesday.
“I’m very proud of my boys. Look at their size and their recruits. Look at the players that I have. We were a few minutes away from forcing another game,” Pumaren said. “I’m so happy. It’s a wonderful run for us. I guess we overachieved.”
Adamson forced La Salle to commit 26 turnovers and limiting it to only three assists in their game.
Pumaren believes that Adamson now has a winning culture, “I guess so. I’m excited for Season 80. Whatever we accomplished this year and the disappointment we experienced this year, we will use it as springboard next year.”
Pumaren, also a GlobalPort consultant in the Philippine Basketball Association, said that the Falcons would attend training camps to enhance their skills. He added that new players are also joining Adamson.
“I don’t sugarcoat anything. I’m here to give Adamson a title before my contract ends in Season 81 in 2018. We have a good run this season. It is a magical run. Who would have thought that we would be in this situation?,” said Pumaren, who led La Salle to winning several titles.
JOSEF T. RAMOS