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Pumaren’s effort to coach Adamson despite sickness inspires Soaring Falcons
by Niel Victor Masoy, October 12, 2019 9:48pm
Adamson University (AdU) head coach Franz Pumaren wasn’t supposed to show up in the Soaring Falcons’ game against the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles last Wednesday, October 9, at the Araneta Coliseum.
That was because a day before the said tiff, Pumaren had to undergo an operation that removed his kidney stones at the VRP Medical Center in Mandaluyong City.
After the surgery, the doctors advised him to take rest but Pumaren defied it just to coach the Soaring Falcons against the Blue Eagles.
“The main thrust is to show the team that I won't leave them in the heat of the battle," said Pumaren, following Adamson’s loss to Ateneo.
Pumaren also shared that the doctors advised him to not go on a long drive, but he just did such to coach Adamson against the National University (NU) Bulldogs Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
This time, though, Pumaren’s effort was finally rewarded with a win as the Soaring Falcons beat the Bulldogs, 72-53, and snapped their four-game skid.
“Actually I’m not advised to go on a long drive eh, going here it’s always traffic,” remarked Pumaren, who lives in Quezon City.
“Sometimes I look funny during a stop, I have to go down in the car and stand up. But anyway, this is just a small step on our part for us to make sure that we will lead with the right track in the next few games.”
Pumaren felt that his effort and sacrifice to coach Adamson despite his condition inspired the Soaring Falcons to hack out the win at the expense of the Bulldogs.
“Probably, they realized that for me just being here during practice or during game, it’s already an effort on my part,” the multi-titled coach uttered.
Senior guard Jerrick Ahanmisi and rookie forward AP Manlapaz supported such a statement.
“Well for me ever since I heard of that operation, I just try to pray every game. It’s already a struggle for him going to the game because he should be resting. Once I heard that, I just felt like we really need to all play as a team, he’s already putting an effort to go to the game so why not give back to him,” said Ahanmisi.
“Gaya ng sabi ni Jerrick, effort talaga para kay coach na pumunta pa ng game eh. Kasi hindi naman siya advisable para pumunta pa sa game tapos pumupunta pa rin siya para samin,” uttered Manlapaz.
“Parang samin, nilalaro talaga namin nang maayos para makatulong sa kanya at para sa team na rin.”
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