With still a game to play in the eliminations, Adamson has already locked themselves in Final Four mode.
In fact, coach Franz Pumaren has been preparing his boys for the playoffs as early as last weekend.
“If you notice it, during the time that they made a run, I didn’t call a timeout. For me, it’s one way of trusting my players, it’s one way of making them feel that they should rise above the challenge, and they were able to regroup,” Pumaren shared to reporters referring to their Final Four-clinching win over UP last Sunday.
“We need situations like these to prepare us come the Final Four.”
Despite securing for themselves a sure slot in the semifinals, Pumaren says that the Falcons have no plans of slowing down amidst the onslaught of Ateneo and La Salle. Instead, the San Marecelino squad will gun for their best finish in recent years.
“We’re aiming for the best finish possible but as we all know, Ateneo is really playing well. They’re oozing with confidence, they’re a better team. Same goes with La Salle, both teams already earned their championship poise. With us, we’re a young team, we’re still searching for that particular moment, but what’s important right now is we’re enjoying every moment, every game,” Pumaren said.
After a surprise Final Four appearance in Season 79, the Falcons continue to raise eyebrows as they improved from their fourth-place finish last year, with already nine wins under their belt with still a game to go.
“I guess we exceeded last year’s performance. You know, that’s an improvement already,” said the second-year Adamson coach.
Pumaren and the Falcons, however, aren’t about to rest on their laurels it yet as they aim for a tenth win against FEU in their last eliminations assignment this season.
“It’s still gonna be Final Four mode for us. We’re trying to prepare ourselves in the next phase which is the Final Four.”
The Falcons whipped FEU in their first meeting, 95-79, and will try to wrap up their eliminations campaign in the same manner on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.