Franz Pumaren, Falcons recalibrate goals as Final Four suddenly within reach
“We are looking at playing in the Final Four. That’s our main goal,” says first-year Adamson Falcons coach Franz Pumaren. Jaime Campos

AFTER finishing at the bottom of the standings last season, Adamson University has continued to exceed expectations as the elimination round of UAAP Season 79 draws to a close.

Even Falcons coach Franz Pumaren has recalibrated his goals now that the Final Four is within reach for his team.

Pumaren’s first year at the helm with the Falcons has been relatively impressive as the squad is in solo fourth place with a 5-5 win-loss card, surpassing their haul of three wins last year. And with the way his team is playing at this point of the season, the veteran coach wants his wards to aim higher.

“I have to be honest with you. When the season was about to open, our main goal is to really compete and improve on what we achieved last year. But right now, with the way we are competing, we have a good chance at looking at the Final Four,” said Pumaren.

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It’s a realistic goal for Adamson, with closest pursuer National University in fifth spot on a 4-7 win-loss slate, while the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas hold three victories each.

“We are looking at playing in the Final Four. That’s our main goal,” said Pumaren.

Adamson has Ateneo, UST, and Far Eastern University in the schedule before taking on NU in the final day of the elimination round on November 13.

Pumaren now hopes that the players will be ready for the tough task ahead in securing the Falcons’ return to the Final Four for the first time since 2011.

“I just hope these young guys can accept the challenge and pressure. Hopefully, we can attain that because if you look at the schedule, it all depends on us. Ever since, I don’t rely on other teams, we have to write our own destiny this year,” said Pumaren. 

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