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    Adamson eyes second straight victory as NU looks to get back on track

    Sep 21, 2016
    Coach Franz Pumaren and the Falcons play the second of a tough three-game stretch. Jerome Ascano

    ADAMSON looks to get a win run going as it continues through a tough stretch in its UAAP schedule with a match against National University on Wednesday in the UAAP basketball tournament at the MOA Arena.

    After hurdling the first in a tough three-game stretch with a squeaker over the Ateneo Blue Eagles, the Falcons are now set to face the NU Bulldogs before taking on the La Salle Green Archers three days later.

    “Walang kwenta schedule namin,” Adamson coach Franz Pumaren said sarcastically. “We have NU on Wednesday and La Salle on Saturday. “Walang kwenta.”

    Adamson got a boost in morale with the win over Ateneo on a game-winning jumper by Dawn Ochea.

    [See Dawn Ochea last-gasp basket lifts Falcons to victory over Blue Eagles]

    The Falcons look to make it two straight wins against pre-tournament favorites when they take on the Bulldogs, who are coming off a loss to the Archers.

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    Gametime is at 4 p.m.

    The Bulldogs and Falcons have 2-1 win-loss slates, with the winner climbing to solo second place behind unbeaten La Salle (4-0).

    [See La Salle turns to vaunted defense to repulse NU Bulldogs, stay unbeaten in UAAP]

    Adamson fought back from a 10-point deficit to beat Ateneo, and Pumaren hopes to see more of the same against the Bulldogs.

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    “I admire and salute my players because they accepted my challenge. I’ve been very hard on them because I feel that they deserve to be a better team than what they are showing,” said Pumaren.

    Adamson will lean on Rob Manalang, who had 15 points including a 3-of-7 clip from three-point range against Ateneo. Jerrick Ahanmisi had 13 points in the Ateneo game while Papi Sarr had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

    The Bulldogs look to bounce back after absorbing their first loss of the season.

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