ADAMSON continues to close in on the No. 2 spot in the UAAP Season 80 standings following the Falcons’ win over University of the East on Wednesday.
But the third-place Falcons face a huge obstacle in the form of La Salle on Saturday.
Still, Adamson coach Franz Pumaren expressed confidence they have what it takes to beat the reigning champs in a match to be held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“We have some things in store for the Saturday game,” Pumaren said. “We saw the date. We know the things that we need to do for us to beat the defending champions.”
The Green Archers are currently in second place in the standings with a 7-2 win-loss slate, but sitting closely in third place is Adamson (6-3), a team which has won five of its last six matches.
With the twice-to-beat incentive still within reach, Pumaren has now trained its sights on La Salle.
“I’ll be a hypocrite if I tell you that we are not aiming for the top two,” said Pumaren. “But of course, that’s our main goal."
It is easier said than done.
La Salle dominated Adamson in their first meeting this season, 85-73. The Falcons actually gave a good fight in the end, cutting the gap to 12 points following a fourth-quarter run.
The Falcons, though, have not won against the top two teams of the league this season. On Saturday, they lost to Ateneo, 71-59, after being held to just five assists in the game.
“Basically, what we learned from our last game against Ateneo is that we are not good as a team if you are going to play individually. That was a season-low for us in terms of assists. The guys just drifted away from what we are supposed to do probably. I guess, they now embrace the idea of why we are winning. We are winning because we play as a team,” said Pumaren.
As they face another title contender, Pumaren acknowledged the Falcons are in a must-win against La Salle on Saturday.
“It’s one thing that we really have to hurdle. It’s part of the UAAP that we play them two games in a season. It’s important for us for the ranking,” said Pumaren.