UNIVERSITY of the East star Roi Sumang believes the Red Warriors will be fine even as they go into a short transition period following the recent shake up in the team’s coaching staff.
The Warriors try to stay as one of the Final Four contenders in Season 77 of the UAAP under new coach Derek Pumaren.
The veteran coach, a former UE cager himself, replaced Boycie Zamar, who handled the team for more than a season.
The Warriors finished with an even 7-7 record last season under Zamar and failed to make it to the semis.
The appointment of Pumaren came just months after the UAAP season ended and exactly 13 days before the start of the Filoil preseason tournament.
Following his hiring, Pumaren said time will definitely be not on the side of the Warriors as they fast track their preparations for Season 77.
Sumang though doesn’t see any problem lurking for the team under Pumaren’s watch.
While he felt sad about Zamar being relieved, Sumang expressed support to Pumaren as he sees the Red Warriors are capable of getting through the transition period.
“Sobrang biglaan. Wala kaming idea. Malungkot lahat,” related Sumang to Spin.ph, when asked the feeling of the team after Zamar was replaced.
“Sayang lang talaga na nawala si coach Boycie pero okay lang. Aabot kami sa gustong mangyari ni coach Derek. Team na team na rin naman kami,” he said.
Sumang said Pumaren is giving the team a no-nonsense approach, being more focused on the defensive side of the game in his first week handling the Warriors.
“Strikto siya sa practice at saka puro defense ang practice namin ngayon,” said Sumang.
UE will open its Filoil campaign on April 26 against UAAP champion De La Salle.