Despite losing badly to league-leader De La Salle University, Adamson coach Franz Pumaren admitted his team played its worst, three weeks into the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament.
“I’m not disappointed, I’m not happy but its okay, they played their best we played our worst game of the season,” he said, after the Falcons’ 91-75 loss at the hands of the Green Archers at the MOA Arena on Saturday.
“I don’t think you have to be a basketball expert to look at the whole picture,” added Pumaren, during his first meeting with the school he led to multiple UAAP men’s basketball titles over a decade ago.
After getting quality minutes from Kristian Bernardo against the National University, Pumaren said the Falcons bench failed to deliver this time around.
La Salle’s depth was in full display after outscoring Adamson by 15 points.
“This time around I didn’t get enough contribution from the bench,” he pointed out.
Pumaren though commended his team for showing its potential on the defensive end.
“For a number one team to force them to commit 26 turnovers, it’s already a big accomplishment for a young team,” stressed Pumaren. “Probably, it showed the composition of my team, that we’re really a young team.”
“Probably they were in awe with the crowd and they’re not used to this kind of environment, but this is a learning experience for our part.” – John Chester Fajardo
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