ADAMSON opens a tough two-game swing this week that will determine its true worth as it plays National University today in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Tied with the Bulldogs in second spot with 2-1 cards behind the 4-0 La Salle Green Archers, the Falcons play the Bulldogs at 4 p.m. in a game that will put the Falcons in a severe test.
“Actually, walang kuwenta ang schedule namin,” said Falcons coach Franz Pumaren in jest. “It’s going to be a tough stretch for us.”
Adamson is coming off a huge 62-61 win over Ateneo last Saturday, where Dawn Ochea nailed the game-winning jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining.
Definitely, the Falcons’ culture of being an also-ran is slowly changing, as Pumaren, who won five UAAP championships for the Green Archers, wants his team to bring a no-quit attitude in every game.
“Coach Franz is a great coach. He teaches you how to be tough. He will push you further, walang mga cry babies,” said Ochea, who is now playing for his fourth coach in Adamson as in many years.
NU hopes to rebound from last Sunday’s 66-75 setback to La Salle in a game dubbed as an early Finals preview.
Alfred Aroga was a big disappointment the last time out as the Bulldogs center could only muster two points and three rebounds aside from turning the ball over seven times.
Winless squads University of the East and University of the Philippines clash in the curtain raiser at 2 p.m.
The Red Warriors are underachieving as they dropped all their three matches, with Bonbon Batiller not producing the needed numbers for the team.
The Fighting Maroons, who are also at 0-3, are still looking for their first win under new coach Bo Perasol.