While they have lost to La Salle in the last two Final Fours, it won’t be on the minds of Adamson in their first UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament meeting Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Green Archers have eliminated the Soaring Falcons with the latter as fourth and third seeds in Seasons 79 and 80, respectively, but coach Franz Pumaren stressed his wards have to mind their own matters in their 4:00pm clash.
“You should understand the type of team that we had the last two years. It’s different now. Each year is different,” he said. “(Facing La Salle) is another motivation for us.”
“But the bottomline is we have to take care of our business,” he stressed. “We have to separate ourselves from the rest of the field.”
Adamson is coming off its first loss this season, an 88-85 defeat at the hands of red-hot FEU last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
And while he is disappointed they were manhandled by the Tamaraws in the middle quarters, Pumaren is relieved the pressure of going 14-0 and straight to the finals is finally off their backs.
“Sabi nila, sayang yung streak. But that’s why it’s called a streak, it’s meant to be stopped. It’s meant to be broken,” he added. “I guess the pressure is not with us right now. Probably we’ve been thinking too much that we’re capable of sweeping.”