Coach Franz Pumaren has always believed in taking pride of the hard work one puts in to become successful.
And as Adamson revs up for what looks to be a promising Final Four matchup with UP on Saturday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena, the veteran mentor hopes that the Soaring Falcons finally take control and reap the rewards of their toiling.
“Excited probably is the right word,” he told Akari Sports. “I think we worked so hard for us to be in this situation. Hopefully, we can sustain it.”
The San Marcelino squad enters the semifinals as slight favorites, having swept the Fighting Maroons in their two elimination round matchups and coming into the playoffs enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage.
Pumaren, however, cautioned his wards against complacency.
“We have to write our own destiny,” he stressed. “It’s not gonna fall on our laps. We have to fight for our own destiny.”
The Falcons are in a precious position to take control of what could be a history-making campaign that would bring a UAAP men’s basketball championship to Adamson for the first time in 40 years.
But before thinking of that, Pumaren reminded his players that they are up against a team armed with talent led by UAAP MVP Bright Akhuetie and all-important momentum.
“They’re playing well,” said Pumaren. “I think they’re so pumped up right now. Hopefully, we can compete with them.”