Derrick Pumaren eases Roi Sumang into rotation, hopes UE star has learned his lesson
Coach Derrick Pumaren is pleased to see the Warriors play team defense to stop the Tamaraws. Jerome Ascano

WITH Bong Galanza and Charles Mammie coming up with fine performances anew to power the Warriors to a win, UE again showed it is not a one-man show.

Coach Derrick Pumaren also hopes Roi Sumang has learned his lesson, the UE star being sent in for limited minutes in a 94-71 win over Far Eastern University on Sunday.

It was Sumang’s first time back in action since being benched as a disciplinary action for breaking the rules of the team quarters, and the fiery guard made the most of it.

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Sumang played 14 minutes and scored nine points including five to start off a 25-6 run in the final period to help the Red Warriors to victory.

Once again, Sumang refused to speak to reporters after the game. Pumaren also preferred not to dwell on the issue with Sumang as he hopes the UE star had already learned his lesson.

“It is not an issue. It’s more of a disciplinary action. He knows he has to suffer the consequences na ginawa niya. He showed up in practice and he practiced well,” said Pumaren.

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“With the minutes that he played, he really played well especially in the fourth quarter,” said Pumaren on Sumang’s play. “That is why he stayed in. He played well and I’m happy for him that he played well.”

Bong Galanza scored a team-high 26 points while Charles Mammie had 18 to lead the Red Warriors over erstwhile solo leader FEU.

The win also kept UE in the Final Four hunt as the Red Warriors are still one game behind fourth-placer National University (8-4).

“But I must commend that it was a team effort. We played as a team defensively. We tried to stop and contain FEU and that’s what we did,” said Pumaren.

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