Sleepless nights spent scouting Ateneo all worth it for Adamson coach Pumaren

first_imgAdamson Coach Franz Pumaren. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonAteneo had the most fruitful of summers among the eight teams of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament having finished fourth in the Jones Cup as the Philippine representative and taking the title in the Filoil Preseason Cup.All that exposure and success made the Blue Eagles the undisputed target of the seven other teams in the UAAP and that was what Adamson University just did.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Soaring Falcons pulled off the season’s first upset in stunning the defending champions Blue Eagles, 74-70, and that was thanks in large part to Adamson’s scouting.Guard Jerrick Ahanmisi said the Falcons spent an inordinate amount of time studying Ateneo’s plays, quirks, and tendencies just to prepare for their matchup in the season’s opening weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Coach (Franz Pumaren) prepared us a lot and very well, we started scouting them months ago before this game and the coaches did a very good job and whoever was on the floor played a hundred percent,” said Ahanmisi, who finished with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting.All that work scouting Ateneo showed with how Adamson was able to defend the Blue Eagles inside as well as their pick-and-rolls. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ravena says loss to Adamson gave Ateneo ‘another challenge’ in UAAP Season 81 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Falcons’ stingy defense in the paint forced the Eagles to go 8-of-22 on layups, tip-ins, and dunks and make them lean more on their outside shooting.“I think it worked to our advantage [that Ateneo had so much exposure] because we were able to scout them and dissect them and these gave me sleepless nights,” said Pumaren. “You could imagine the stacks of videos I have.”With the paint becoming an off-limits zone, Ateneo had no choice but to rely on its jump shots, which didn’t fall as often as it it would’ve wanted as the Blue Eagles converted on a meager 12-of-49 clip overall and 8-of-35 from deep.Adamson went 14-of-25 on point-blank shots and 12-of-42 on its jumpers, not a lot of disparity with Ateneo, but the Soaring Falcons displayed the grittier approach in crunch time.Right after Thirdy Ravena scored on a put-back dunk off of Isaac Go’s forced three to tie the game at 70 with 1:01 left to play, the Soaring Falcons responded with the game’s most hard-fought field goal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sean Manganti bricked a transition 3-pointer but Papi Sarr was there for the follow-up layup with just 39.4 seconds to play for the 72-70 Soaring Falcon lead.Pumaren, however, said that the same could happen to them with the teams now eyeing the Soaring Falcons as a potential threat to the championship after their shock win.“We still have to prove ourselves, you know winning one game in the opening weekend and winning one game against Ateneo doesn’t make you a championship team,” said Pumaren. View commentslast_img read more