Bubble play easier said than done

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    THE UAAP’s option to hold its 83rd season in April next year in a bubble gives teams some optimism.

    How to pull it off, however, is easier said than done, according to Adamson University coach Franz Pumaren.

    “It’s good to be optimistic,” Pumaren told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday. “But there are still several factors that we need to consider.”

    UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag bared last Nov. 21 that if the return to training of collegiate squads gets the green light from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases this month and a tournament approval will follow, the league intends to launch its new season, set to be hosted by La Salle, in April 2021 under a bubble-set up.

    The Commission on Higher Education released the safety and health guidelines for the resumption of varsity training last Oct. 26 pending the approval from the IATF.

    A highly-reliable source said the IATF has already agreed in principle to allow collegiate teams to go back to the gym.

    With a young core, the Soaring Falcons wound up with a 4-10 card for sixth in the last UAAP cage wars.

    The San Marcelino-based five emerged with a 10-4 record after the eliminations for second but bowed to No. 3 and eventual runner-up University of the Philippines in their Final Four duel in 2018.

    Pumaren, also a councilor in the third district of Quezon City who will turn 57 on Dec. 5, will pin his hopes on the likes of 5-foot-10 guard Jerom Lastimosa, Fil-Nigerian playmaker Jerrick Ahanmisi, and Congolese big man Lenda Dounga in their campaign next season.

    The Falcons lost gunner Valandre Chauca and big man Simon Camacho due to graduation.

    Aside from Lastimosa, Ahanmisi, and Dounga, young guns Aaron Fermin, AP Manlapaz, and Joem Sabandal are expected to lead Adamson’s bid to win its first title since 1977.