AS far as Derrick Pumaren is concerned, University of the East remains a team at the ‘lower half’ of the UAAP standings despite its rousing win over University of the Philippines in last week’s opener.
The Red Warriors opened Season 77 with a lopsided 87-59 rout of the lowly Maroons. UE was supposed to play on Wednesday against University of Santo Tomas but the game was postponed due to typhoon 'Glenda.'
Pumaren, however, is far from impressed as he tempered expectations on the team following the one-sided win.
“We are still in the lower half. But winning against UP, we didn’t prove anything. We are still in the lower half,” said Pumaren.
Playing against UST, Pumaren said, would have been a test for the Warriors. Instead, UE will next play Adamson on Saturday, a team which head coach Kenneth Duremdes admits is on a rebuilding mode.
“They (Tigers) are one of the teams to beat this season even with the loss of Jeric Teng. They still have a solid five and they have the experience,” said Pumaren of the Tigers.
Pumaren still found room for improvement for the Warriors, pointing out that they even had more turnovers than the Maroons.
“We still committed a lot of turnovers. We had more turnovers than UP. If it was a close game, then we will be in deep trouble. We have to take care of the basketball better,” said Pumaren.
“All I can promise is play hard. We have to play every minute, whether we are up 30 or down 30, we have to keep going,” he added.