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    Franz torments La Salle as Falcons embrace defensive identity with record feat

    Oct 20, 2018
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    ADAMSON tied the record for the lowest number of points allowed in a quarter in the era of modern statistics in the UAAP in its 57-50 win over La Salle on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Falcons held the Green Archers to just two points in the first quarter, tying the mark that was previously set by National University three years ago.

    Which team had the distinction of being held to the lowest number of points in a quarter before? Unforunately, it was the same Adamson squad.

    The Falcons, under then head coach Mike Fermin, was limited to two points in the second quarter of their game back in July 31 2015 where they dropped a 71-50 loss to the Bulldogs.

    “We have a dubious (record), an award holding down opponents and (opponents) holding us down,” Pumaren said.

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    “I think we really scouted them pretty well. It’s still fresh from our minds what was their game plan during the last game and I don’t think they really made some major adjustments eh,” he added.

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    The year before that, Adamson also suffered the worst number of points scored in the first quarter when they were limited to three points against the same Bulldogs squad, in a 62-25 blowout loss.

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    That just goes to show the improvement that the Falcons had under Pumaren’s watch, transforming the team into an excellent defensive squad – something that he said was his ‘frustration’ when he was still a pro.

    “Actually I’ve been stressing that this is our calling card because that was my frustration, when I was playing in the PBA, I should have been the Defensive Player of the Year awardee, hindi lang in-award sa akin,” said Pumaren in jest.

    “Bakit ba? Yan ang sinasabi ko, kino-contest nyo yung ano ko eh. Anyway, that’s our trademark, to hold down the other teams.”

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