UAAP Primer: UE looks to wake up warrior within to turn things around for Season 80
The Red Warriors are hoping it's not too late to turn things around after a 0-3 start in Season 80. Jham Mariano

UNIVERSITY of the East hopes to live up to its moniker as the Red Warriors look to bounce back from a poor start in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.

UE coach Derrick Pumaren, whose team is down with a 0-3 win-loss record, urges his wards to show qualities of a real warrior on the court.

“A Red Warrior is matapang, confident and refuses to lose and will go all out, will fight but that’s not what we’re showing right now, we’re the opposite,” said the veteran coach.

“That’s why we have to remind them that they’re a Warrior and a Warrior never quits, refuses to lose and he will fight up to the very last breathe before he gives up,” he added.

Pumaren also stressed that, although the season has just begun, they should feel the sense of urgency before it becomes too late.

“We want to better our performance last season but so far we have not done that, we’ve lost three straight games and hopefully the boys will realize that and start playing with pride, dignity and confidence,” he said.

“I think we still can but I know the season is just starting but we have to make a move,” he added. 

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