Day in and day out, new Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren has been consistent in his message to the Soaring Falcons –change their attitude or miss the cut for the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament.
Despite pulling off their first victory in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, a 90-60 rout over listless Lyceum Pirates on Friday, Pumaren emphasized that he is dead serious on bringing in a winning culture to Adamson and part of that is disciplining his players.
“We really have to change the outlook with regards with their performance, the ‘okay lang’ attitude, the ‘pwede na’ attitude, I think that’s one thing to erase from their system,” said Pumaren.
The multi-titled mentor even dropped a warning that he may chose not to submit a full 16-man roster for the upcoming season if he sees that not everyone in the pool deserves a spot.
“More or less, I have an idea of 8-10, like what I mentioned to my players, I don’t need to put on a 16-man line-up or 14, what’s important are players that can really compete, I don’t like the attitude that they imbibe in themselves,” said Pumaren.
Still raring to see aggressiveness and consistency from the San Marcelino dribblers, the competition for the final roster will be tighter with Pumaren hinting that they are still waiting for 2 more players.
“We have to send a message here, each and everyone that have been put in the line-up should be deserving, willing to play and hindi parang, floating around,” he added.
African import Papi Sarr came big for the Falcons, scattering 22 points and 10 rebounds while Jerick, younger brother of Rain or Shine sophomore guard Maverick Ahanmisi, backstopped him with 13.
With the focus of their training more on mental adjustments, Pumaren hopes Adamson can learn his system in the preseason tourney in time for the bigger goal in September.
“We’re here in the tournament so we can assess our team, our strengths, our weaknesses, the things we need to improve on,” said the mentor. “They are still groping, there are still a lot of mental mistakes, they still have to trust each other.” – By Jason Mercene
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