ADAMSON head coach Franz Pumaren rued their missed chances in the endgame as they fell short anew against a stacked La Salle side, 80-74, in the UAAP Season 80 rematch on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Falcons kept things close and even led by a point, only for the Green Archers to finish the game on a 9-2 run and sent Adamson to a 6-4 win-loss card.
But more than their missed chances in the end, Pumaren was just as disappointed with how the referees may have decided the outcome down the stretch.
Trailing by just two, 74-72, Papi Sarr was in the perfect position to tie the game or even go for a three-point play but instead was called for the three-second violation.
This resulted into a Leonard Santillan basket on the other end to take the fight out from the Falcons for good.
“First of all, I don’t think it was a three-second violation. That was crucial. The refs made the decision. I really don’t think that was a three second violation,” said Pumaren.
“We shouldn’t let the referees decide the game. That’s my opinion but of course it’s debatable. The way you look at it.. kayo na bahala,” he added.
Despite having all of their four losses against either Ateneo or La Salle, Pumaren’s faith on his squad remains unshaken. The multi-titled UAAP coach believes that they would have gotten a breakthrough had it not for some breaks of the game going against their favor.
“I guess di naman worried. There were certain breaks of the game, I don’t want to sound like I’m sourgraping but there was a couple of calls that there are questionable,” Pumaren continued.
With still four games to go in the elimination round, Pumaren will now be using those matches to further prepare his squad assuming they get to face the two squads again in the future.
They’re still a young team after all and at this point, getting all the experience they can get will be vital.
“It’s still a long way. Each game for us a learning experience and I’m quite positive that the games we lost will be beneficial on our part, experience wise.”