Facing La Salle again in the UAAP Final Four, Adamson is hoping for a different result this time.
The Soaring Falcons and the Green Archers tangle once more in the semifinals of the country’s premiere collegiate basketball tournament on Saturday, 4:00pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
La Salle, the defending UAAP champion, has had Adamson’s number the past few years, including sweeping them in all of their matches in the Franz Pumaren era.
This year, the Archers waylaid the Falcons in the first round, 85-73, before turning them back in a tightly-fought second-round battle, 80-74.
And while he hasn’t beaten the school he’s led to several championships as a coach, Pumaren knows the San Marcelino squad cannot be easily counted out.
“We’re aiming for the best finish possible,” he said, noting that both top-ranked Ateneo and La Salle have already earned valuable championship experience.
“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 will have his hands full trying to design defensive schemes against the Archers’ bevy of offensive weapons, including back-to-back UAAP MVP Ben Mbala.
Add to that explosive scorers like Ricci Rivero, Aljun Melecio, Santi Santillan and Andrei Caracut and you get a nightmare that coaching minds like Pumaren can only solve.