Falcons getting big lift from Papi Sarr even as import says he remains far from 100 percent after injury
Papi Sarr delivers a huge double-double as the Falcons move above .500. Dante Peralta

ADAMSON star Papi Sarr is far from 100 percent but he’s surely playing like it.

The Cameroonian recruit starred in the Falcons’ breezy 75-60 win over the University of the East Red Warriors, to prove that his recovery from an early groin injury is coming along just fine.

The 6-foot-8 slotman, who finished second in the MVP race last season to Ben Mbala, delivered 15 points, 16 rebounds and two steals to help push the Falcons over the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 3-2 record.

But despite that dominant performance, Sarr believes he’s yet to hit top form after a groin injury kept him from playing in the opener and a weeks of practices in the preseason.

“You know, I can’t say that I am 100 percent yet. I’ve been trying to get back because lost a lot after my injury,” said Sarr after the match.

“But I’m thankful coach Franz gave me time to play and I’m trying to get myself back. I’m lucky that I had a double double that actually helped the team for the win,” he added.

Sarr said that he still has tons to work on and he’s just using every game to better himself and to get his old dominant state back.

“Honestly, I feel like I’m in 60 percent. In practice, I’m not yet myself I feel it. But in the practice, coach Franz tries to make me in battle shape,” Sarr continued.

“I’m not okay but by next games or second round probably I’m gonna be on battle shape,” he added.

For UAAP teams, this would be a problem considering that Adamson has been winning games with their reinforcement still yet to peak.

For Sarr, he’s just thankful to be able to help despite him still on the recovery phase.

“I’m not surprised. You know, We’ve been working for all those games. We prepared for this game so hard with coach Franz. The win, that’s part of our mentality now but aside from this game, we’re gonna prepare for next game. This game is over now, we’re just gonna rest and go back to practice tomorrow for next game.”

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