Coach Derrick Pumaren attributes huge loss to playing selfish and bad decision-making
Coach Derrick Pumaren called out his players for taking low-percentage shots in the crucial moments. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of the East looked on the way to scoring a big win and leveling its record but squandered a 15-point lead, which coach Derrick Pumaren attributed to selfish basketball and bad decision making.

The Warriors absorbed their second loss in as many games in the new season as the UST Tigers fought back to take the win.

“They are thinking of themselves, instead of playing for UE,” said Pumaren after the game.

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The Red Warriors put up a run late in the game only to falter as Bonbon Batiller couldn’t hit the shots that mattered.

Pumaren felt the Red Warriors shouldn’t have been in the position of having to come back in the game.

“It shouldn’t be like that. We should have taken care of business when we were up. We simply ran away from what we are doing. They thought that the game was over. I kept reminding that it’s far from over,” said Pumaren.

Pumaren said he still reiterated the Red Warriors’ statement after the first game that he has yet to see the Final Four form that he expects from his wards.

“We just showed flashes of our brilliance. As I’ve said, we were there but we weren’t going for the kill. Ang tendency namin is, anyway lamang naman, I can do think. We didn’t play smart. We took bad shot selections,” said Pumaren.

Pumaren noted that the Red Warriors were only down by one point, 86-85, but players were still taking outside shots.

“I don’t know why we have to shoot three-pointers when we were down by two points or one point. That’s not playing smart,” said Pumaren.


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