Derrick Pumaren was swelling with pride after his UE Red Warriors escaped from Ateneo Blue Eagles’ claws that marred Tab Baldwin’s debut in the season opener of Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.
“I’m proud of the way my guys played,” Pumaren said.
The Warriors bucked a lethargic first half to gut out the win in overtime.
“With the way we played, especially in the 1st half, we were not playing as a team. We were running away from what we’re supposed to do right there system-wise offensively and defensively,” Pumaren rued.
With his team in disarray during the early going of the game, Pumaren instilled that they got to stick with the system they just learned last year to be able to get back on this game.
And they just did.
“As what I’m saying, it’s not over until it’s over until Bon Bon hit that big three and we’re able to tie that ballgame. “
The Red Warriors, who trailed for the most part of the game, found their way back to overcome a 6-point deficit with under a minute to go and forced an overtime.
With the departure of Charles Mammie, the Red Warriors have no answer for Chi Ikeh the whole game but still managed to salvage a victory.
And as of now, Pumaren took another pound of pride in his fuel tank.
When asked if he’s going to reinforce an import for the incoming UAAP season.
“No, we don’t have any (foreign athlete student) in our stable right now. And not even for next year, we don’t have any. We look to play all Filipino in games,” Pumaren said. – By John Bryan Ulanday