ROI Sumang admitted his offensive struggles have been pulling down University of the East in the UAAP, but coach Derrick Pumaren doesn’t want to put the blame solely on his star player.
The Red Warriors lost for the second straight time, bowing to Far Eastern University, 63-73, on Wednesday when Sumang again disappointed by finishing with a measly seven points for the second consecutive match.
Sumang similarly struggled against reigning champion La Salle last weekend.
“Talo talaga kami. ‘Yun lang. Next game ulit kami babawi. Sumasakit na rin ulo ko doon eh,” Sumang admitted. “Siguro ako nga ang may problema. Kailangan ko ulit mag-trabaho.”
But Pumaren is not pointing a finger at Sumang for the back-to-back losses of the team.
“It’s not just Roi. I’m not happy about how we are playing offensively. We are not playing as a team,” said the soft-spoken coach.
Sumang however, had his own take on the Warriors’ offensive struggles.
“Okay naman lahat eh. Siguro ‘yung defense lang namin sa fourth quarter, nagka-clog eh. Wala na gustong kumuha ng bola,” he pointed out.
Although he made it clear he's not blaming his star player, Pumaren said Sumand must find a way to step up.
“He has to do something about it. He is getting the touches and the minutes. It’s up to him how do it,” Pumaren said.