Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren was disappointed after his team fell short of advancing to the UAAP finals despite initially enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage heading to the final 4.
The Soaring Falcons finished the elimination round with a 10-4 record to secure the No. 2 seed in the semifinals. However, University of the Philippines axed the Falcons at Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, beating them twice to reach the title series.
Adamson squandered a six-point lead midway in overtime, a collapse that gave the Fighting Maroons their first finals berth since 1986.
While Pumaren considered his three straight final 4 appearances an achievement, he revealed that he is frustrated with how the Soaring Falcons ended the season.
"I'm a non-conformist guy. I don't get paid to be just in the final 4. It's kind of a frustrating year for me, expecting that we'll be in the finals," Pumaren told reporters.
Pumaren said it was the Fighting Maroons' senior players who dropped the hammer on Adamson, with Paul Desiderio pouring five of his 16 points in the crucial stretch in overtime
"Today's game showed (UP's) maturity. It's their senior guy who took over. They really wanted it more and played with a lot of passion. This one game is probably one of the best games I've seen. They just played hard," Pumaren said.
Still, he added: "I've been with college for the longest time. I know the ups and downs but I can be proud of the program we were able to establish here."
Despite the loss, Pumaren said the school properly developed its players, evidence of which is the Soaring Falcons' consistent appearance in the semifinals.
"It just showed to you that the program is rock solid. We know how to develop players even though we didn’t get the blue-chip rookies," Pumaren said, adding that Adamson's relative success in the league has attracted recruits.
"This one, you really have to . . . it’s a learning process pa rin for us. You cannot teach that. It’s just like being a successful CEO, being a successful president, walang course dyan," he said.
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