ADAMSON will enter the Final Four against La Salle with a ‘nothing-to-lose’ attitude, as Falcons coach Franz Pumaren expressed satisfaction over the team’s performance in UAAP Season 79.
The Soaring Falcons slipped to fourth place following their defeat against Ateneo on Wednesday, arranging a Final Four clash against top-seeded and twice-to-beat Green Archers.
But Pumaren is not at all concerned about the possibility of being eliminated early, as he welcomes the experience that the young Falcons squad is bound to gain for the future.
“Kami, our mindset is we have nothing to lose and we have everything gain,” said Pumaren. “(La Salle is) supposed to be 14-0 with that kind of line-up. They should really be dominating the whole UAAP.”
Pumaren understands the Falcons will be going up against a team that perhaps has two of the top players in the UAAP today in Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng.
“They probably have the best player in the UAAP. We are playing against the best number three guy rich in championship experience. For us, we are going to enjoy the party,” said Pumaren.
Pumaren joined the Falcons before the start the season and immediately instilled a winning culture in the school. It was quite an accomplishment already for Adamson to finish with an 8-6 record at the close of the elimination round and enter the Final Four.
“Being here is already a success on my part. I think I was able to fast-track everything. We are looking at 2017, but we are here right now in the Final Four,” said Pumaren.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the Falcons will not go all out for the win as Pumaren noted the willingness of his players to pull off more surprises to an already surprising campaign.
“We are going to play probably loosely. We just have to make sure to keep the game close, keep the rebounding close, and just limit the turnovers. It’s going to be exciting,” Pumaren added.