Franz Pumaren rues Adamson’s mental mistakes, subpar defense

While Adamson looked mightily impressive in its 104-85 rout of UP in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament Sunday, coach Franz Pumaren wasn’t happy about 2 things.

First, he rued the mental mistakes his players committed that allowed the Fighting Maroons to repeatedly sneak back into the game just when the Soaring Falcons were looking to breaking it wide open.

Second, the multi-titled mentor noticed how his squad gave up 85 points — well below his target of 48-56 markers for the whole game.

Nonetheless, Pumaren says he is taking the win, one that jump-started the San Marcelino squad’s campaign under a new regime.

“It’s nice to be back here. It’s been a while,” said the coach who once led La Salle to a UAAP 4-peat almost 2 decades ago. “I know for a fact there’s gonna be a lot of jitters, especially in my young guys. It showed a bit.”

“I still classify them as a rookie-laden team. They made so many mental mistakes, but we’ll take this win,” he added.

True enough, Adamson turned the ball over 27 times, allowing the Fighting Maroons to score 24 points off their miscues.

The Soaring Falcons, however, more than made up for it by making 13 triples on an almost 70% accuracy while finishing the game making more than 2/3 of their shots.

Young guns Jerrick Ahanmisi and Rob Manalang led the charge and combined for 44 points, 8 3-pointers, 7 rebounds and 10 assists.

“That’s not a Franz Pumaren-type of defense,” said the coach. “I’ve been stressing our target of 12-14 points per quarter. But we made some ridiculous turnovers and that led to some easy transition points.”

“At least now, we got over the feeling of playing for the first time in the UAAP. Jitters, hopefully, are no longer within the system,” he added.