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Pumaren charges Adamson’s early exit to inexperience

by Niel Victor Masoy, October 24, 2019 6:11pm

For the first time since 2016, Adamson University (4-8) would not make the Final Four of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Men’s basketball tournament.

And for Soaring Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren, Adamson’s early exit this season 82 was primarily because of the team’s youth and inexperience.

“You know, coming into this season… Like what I’ve mentioned before in all of my interviews, half of my team are all rookies,” said Pumaren following Adamson’s loss to Far Eastern University (FEU) Wednesday which officialy took the Soaring Falcons out of contention for he Semfinals.

“They’re young, coming out of high school, but you know in hindsight, we were always there in the game. But I guess the lesson that we’ve accomplished here in this year’s UAAP is that there’s really no substitute for experience eh,” the decorated bench tactician added.

Despite this setback, Pumaren is confident he can turn things around next season. He’s been in quite a similar situation three years ago, after all.

In just his first season as the head coach of the Soaring Falcons in 2016, Pumaren led Adamson to the Semifinals just a year after the San Marcelino-based school did not make the Final Four of season 79.

“Well, you have to look at the whole picture. When I came here, Adamson is not even considered a contender or what,” remarked Pumaren.

“But with much speculative, my assumption must be… When I’m in charge of the program, I just was able to establish some respect from the other schools.”

Having some talented young players like AP Manlapaz, Joem Sabandal, Joshua Yerro, and Aaron Flowers at his disposal also adds to Pumaren’s confidence that the Soaring Falcons would bounce back not just next season but also beyond.

“I have a bunch of young guys that can be playing well as a future superstar. [Joem] Sabandal, too bad Sabandal wasn’t able to play. You know that [he] could be getting a lot of playing time, but it’s just unfortunate that he broke his hand so he was out for almost the entire first round,” said Pumaren.

“Of course, AP Manlapaz probably the best right now. Yerro is gonna be there; you know even Flowers, who didn’t get that much playing minutes because he arrived kinda late already. A lot of my rookies will be stepping up come next year.”

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