Defiant Derrick Pumaren not pushing panic button after UE Warriors' third loss in a row
UE coach Derrick Pumaren says it is the "little things" that are hurting the Warriors. Jaime Campos

DESPITE three straight losses, University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren is not pushing the panic button.

The Warriors have lost by two points in two of their three defeats in the UAAP men's basketball tournament, the last a 57-55 setback to National University.

Last week, UE was beaten by La Salle, 60-58, despite forcing a ton of Green Archers turnovers with their vaunted trapping defense.

Still, Pumaren remains positive.

“We lost three battles but the war is not yet over,” said Pumaren defiantly.

UE actually shot better against the Bulldogs by making 38 percent of their attempts including a 5-of-14 clip from beyond the arc. But Pumaren said it was the ‘little things’ that cost the Warriors the victory.

“We gave up four or five offensive rebounds (in the endgame) and that was the ballgame right there,” said the former PBA champion coach.

“The problem is in our execution. In the last two games, we are not playing as a team. Offensively, there is no sharing of the ball, instead of making the extra passes,” he added.

But Pumaren believes the Red Warriors can get over the hump, even if UE next faces in-form Ateneo next on August 10.

“We are still in pretty good shape. We just have to come out and get the third win against Ateneo. Then, we will take it from there,” said Pumaren.

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