Ritualo deflects credit as Adamson becomes UAAP's best three-point-shooting team
Renren Ritualo, now an assistant of Franz Pumaren at Adamson, distinguished himself as one of the best shooters in the UAAP's modern era. Dante Peralta

ADAMSON has suddenly become the best three point-shooting team in the UAAP.

Don't look to Renren Ritualo for answers.

The sudden improvement in the Falcons' outside shooting coincided with the entry of Ritualo in the Adamson coaching staff led by Franz Pumaren, his former coach at La Salle.

Ritualo, of course, is one of the best shooters to come out of the UAAP, but he insisted there is no secret behind the rise of the Falcons in terms of three-point shooting.

It's plain hardwork, Ritualo said.

“We put some work especially the offseason,” said the now-retired former La Salle star. “Kailangan lang naming ipagpatuloy ‘yung ginagawa namin nung offseason at madala namin sa games."

Led by rookie Jerrick Ahanmisi, the Falcons have made 49 three-point shots this season while hitting at a 35.3 percent clip from beyond the arc — both league best halfway through the season.

In comparison, Adamson only made 36 threes on 21.6 percent shooting at this point of the tournament last year.

Adamson has also become one of the most proficient teams in the league in terms of field-goal percentage, going 42.9 percent from the field. Only La Salle is better at shooting the ball at 43.6 percent.

Of course, the Falcons also have the pieces to become a three-point shooting team.

Two of the top three three-point shooters in the league are from Adamson - rookie Ahanmisi sharing the top spot with Matt Salem of National University with 16 triples made. Running third is Robbie Manalang, who had 15.

Ritualo, who played for La Salle from 1997 to 2001, said the recipe for success is simple — practice.

“’Yung sa shooting namin, it’s all repetition. You have to work hard for it para ma-perfect mo or magaling ka sa shooting,” said Ritualo.

Ritualo said the offseason and in-season work by the Falcons is only a testament of how Pumaren is instilling a winning culture at Adamson.

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“Si Coach Franz, sinasabi niya lagi na put extra time sa skills and work on it,” said Ritualo.

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