FRANZ Pumaren is 0-6 against La Salle since joining Adamson but he's positive that the drought is finally coming to an end with a loaded Soaring Falcons side in UAAP Season 81.
"We should understand the type of team that we had the last two years. It's different now and of course, it's another motivation for us," he said.
That's why Adamson is more than excited to get back on the court as it meets La Salle -- the same school that booted it out from the semifinals the oast two seasons - on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena to finish off its first round assignment .
Though obviously the favored team this time out, Pumaren wants the Soaring Falcons to maintain their respect for the opposition, no matter how eager the players are in getting their redemption on the Green Archers.
"Sa amin naman, it's not just one particular school were looking forward to play against. Every game is exciting for us and a challenge on our part," he said. "But it's no biggie. It's the same approach that we'll be applying, same preparations that we'll be doing on Saturday's game."
Getting back at La Salle isn't the lone reason why Adamson is this pumped. The Falcons suffered their first loss this season to FEU last Sunday, 88-85, in overtime.
Pumaren is relieved the Falcons aren't stressing themselves on the winning streak anymore after going 5-0 to start the season.
"We're saying sayang yung streak? That's why it's called a streak. It's meant to be stopped and meant to be broken. I guess the pressure is not with the young kids right now that we can maintain that sweep. Probably we're thinking too much that we're capable of that sweep," he said.
But it doesn't mean that he'll tolerate losing.
For the outspoken coach at least, Adamson has already sent the message to the field that this isn't the old Soaring Falcons squad, that this year's crew is ready to contend and go toe-to-toe with the league's best.
"We want to separate ourselves from the rest of the field. And I've been stressing that with our current position, every team will be preparing for us. They don't look at us coming to this game na, 'Ah Adamson lang yan, kaya natin.' No, it's a different approach now. I guess they are really preparing for us now," he said.