ADAMSON coach Franz Pumaren lauded the Falcons’ performance as his pressure defense resulted in a solid offense against National University.
The Falcons improved their record to 2-2, joining the Bulldogs and FEU Tamaraws in third spot
"Actually, what I saw right now is the team that I envisioned at the start of the season. Each and everyone contributing one way or the other on offense and defense," said Pumaren.
Leading Adamson's attack was Papi Sarr, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Falcons in his best game after suffering a groin injury just early in the season. Jerrick Ahanmisi, Jonathan Espeleta and Jerie Pingoy also came up with big numbers for the Falcons.
"Hopefully, we can sustain it. That's the team that I built around this season. We just have to get over that hump of having a bad start every game," said Pumaren.
Pumaren said he expects his team to play a notch higher than last year following their Final Four appearance.
"One thing I stressed about our team, we are not the team like last year. Right now, we are considered as one of the contenders that is why teams prepare for us in a different manner already. We should always anticipate," said Pumaren.
Adamson’s defense forced NU to 22 errors.
Pumaren said although they lost the previous game to La Salle, the tough match helped them prepare for NU.
"I think that's a learning process on our part. We cannot afford to have a jittery start. But I guess if you look at the other side of the coin, good side that you saw is that even if we were down by a big margin, we still are capable of making a run.”
"It showed today that it's really defense that will win us games," said Pumaren.