Franz Pumaren proud to see a lot of grit in his young, inexperienced Adamson Falcons
"One thing nice is that we were down the whole time but we didn’t quit," says Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. Freddie Dionisio

ADAMSON coach Franz Pumaren wasn't all too disappointed after the loss to mighty La Salle, finding solace in how his young Falcons battled back from 17 points down to pull within two before yielding a 79-86 decision on Sunday.

The Green Archers kept their unbeaten slate, but Pumaren was proud that his former team had to earn win No. 8 against the gritty Falcons.

“I think we did a decent job. One thing nice is that we were down the whole time but we didn’t quit. We just hang around, hang around. Almost,” said Pumaren.

“At least, it’s a game that we can use as a springboard this coming tournament,” Pumaren added.

[See La Salle unbeaten run now at eight after close shave against Falcons]

Pumaren, however, said finds a lot of room for improvement, saying the inexperience of the team showed in the endgame.

“We just have to play a little bit smarter. Down the stretch, we committed a lot of turnovers,” said Pumaren. “I think slowly, we are maturing."

The Adamson coach also rued the foul trouble of Papi Sarr, who was the primary defender of Ben Mbala in the game.

“Remember, Mbala scored 18 but most of the time, Papi was sitting on the bench. You could just imagine if he was not in foul trouble. I’m not using it as an excuse but I think it would have been different. But despite Papi being on the bench, we survived,” said Mbala.

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