Aiming to take Adamson to new heights, sophomore big man Papi Sarr is slowly showing how he is reaping the benefits of being mentored by multi-titled coach Franz Pumaren and his veteran crew.
Sarr clearly dominated the paint with a double-double performance against an Allwell Oraeme-less Mapua Cardinals to claw their way out for their third straight win, 85-81, in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup on Saturday.
The Cameroonian import collected 27 big points and 16 rebounds (7 offensive) and provided key defensive stops down the stretch en route to his best performance yet in the preseason tourney.
Vastly displaying a much-improved form compare to his rookie year, Sarr credits Pumaren’s system on bringing new direction to the team.
“He is really a professional coach,” said 21-year old slotman to FOX Sports. “Personally, I like what he is doing now for the team, the system, the discipline, he wants us not just to be a player but a good person in the future.”
With Pumaren aiming to preach winning mentality to the Falcons, who only posted 3 wins in Season 78 for a tie at the bottom, Sarr believes they have no reason not to soar high in the upcoming UAAP cage wars.
“They are trying to make us improve given what happened last season, we have everything to be good,” Sarr added.
Work in progress
Having little room to work out since arriving in Adamson’s nest, Pumaren is still raring to see Sarr’s true potential under his watch.
“When we took over, nothing against the previous coaching staff, they didn’t get the chance developing certain skills (of Sarr) but with Coach Tonichi (Yturri) and Coach Don Allado, that’s our main objective,” said Pumaren on Sarr’s development.
Pumaren hopes they can groom Sarr to be force reckon with underneath the basket with the help of big man coaches Yturri and Allado.
“His body was just a natural body but strength-wise, he was not really that strong, so that’s one thing we are trying to develop, making him a much all-around player, stronger, keeping his poise, and making sure
he takes advantage of the situation,” stressed Pumaren. – By Jason Mercene
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