ADAMSON coach Franz Pumaren remained proud of his team despite a loss to Ateneo on Wednesday, especially after the Falcons expressed no fear in facing top-seed La Salle in the UAAP Final Four.
The Falcons suffered a 73-67 loss to Ateneo that dropped them to fourth place and a date with the Green Archers, who hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
But despite the tall odds, Pumaren lauded his players for showing that they will take on the challenge of facing La Salle, which only lost once in 14 elimination round games.
“I told the players, ‘Are we just satisfied to make it to the Final Four? If we are only satisfied, I won’t waste my time reviewing.’ But everyone answered in an affirmative manner. We will continue the journey, and hopefully, pull off surprises,” said Pumaren.
The Falcons were in control for most of the match, leading by as many as nine points in the contest. But the Blue Eagles unleashed a 10-2 run to start the fourth to take a 62-55 lead and never looked back.
Nevertheless, Pumaren said he is happy for the team's surprisingly impressive run in the eliminations.
“I think it showed that that the team, per se, is really a young team. They are not used to this kind of situation. But I’m proud of my team. Who would expect us to be in this particular situation?” said Pumaren.
Incidentally, Pumaren will be facing his former team in La Salle, a squad which he led to five championships as a coach.
“It will be exciting but you have to look at the whole picture. We will be playing the best team right now. Hopefully, we can accept the challenge,” said Pumaren.