Dawn Ochea lauds tough love, 'no crybabies' approach of Franz Pumaren at Adamson
Dawn Ochea says his game-winner is a product of his hard work and the discipline instilled by Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. Jerome Ascano

IN his entire college career at Adamson, Dawn Ochea has gone through a number of coaches beginning with Leo Austria, who recruited him out of Ateneo de Cebu-Sacred Heart School.

He saw the Falcons fall on hard times in the next two seasons which saw two different coaches taking over in Kenneth Duremdes and Mike Fermin.

Now playing for his fourth coach in four years, Ochea acknowledged Franz Pumaren brings something different to the Falcons, who are coming off a big win against Ateneo over the weekend in the UAAP Season 79.

“Coach Franz is a great coach,” Ochea said. “He will teach you how to be tough dun sa breaking point mo sa practice.”

Those hard times in practice paid off for Ochea in Saturday’s match against Ateneo. Cold off the bench, Ochea's number was called by Pumaren late in the game and he delivered with a turnaround jumper that proved to be the game-winner in the Falcons’ 62-61 win.

“I’ve been doing that shot every night sa mga practice namin. I was very confident in that shot,” said the former Batang Gilas cager.

Ochea said he has definitely felt the effects of what Pumaren brought to the Falcons as the UAAP champion coach look to instill change in the basketball program.

“He will push you hard talaga. Walang crybabies. He wants you to be better na mas magaling sa iyong kakayahan,” said Ochea. 

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