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Derick Pumaren says there has been no word from La Salle about him not renewing


La Salle coach Derick Pumaren.  TRISTAN TAMAYO/Inquirer Sports

La Salle coach Derick Pumaren. TRISTAN TAMAYO/Inquirer Sports

MANILA, Philippines — Amid reports of his imminent departure from La Salle, Green Archers coach Derick Pumaren said he has not been informed by the school about his future with the team.

Tiebreakertimes reported on Tuesday night that Pumaren’s contract will not be renewed as a men’s basketball coach after it expires on December 31.

However, Pumaren has revealed to Inquirer Sports that team officials have yet to officially reach him about his contract.

“They haven’t officially informed me yet,” the Blue Archers coach, who is returning to school in 2020 — 30 years after winning consecutive titles in Seasons 52 and 53 — in a text message. copy.

“And if that’s true, it was rude of them to inform me before disclosing the information to the media. In my opinion, this does NOT represent a true La Sallian gentleman,” added Pumaren.

La Salle has yet to make an official statement about Pumaren when it was posted.

Pumaren ended a drought in La Salle’s five-year Finals in his first season last summer, where the team finished 9-5 and forced into the semi-final. determined with eventual champion the University of the Philippines only to win the bronze medal after losing the match rubber, 78-74.

La Salle’s coach led the Green Archers to a productive pre-season where they dominated D-League PBA Awardwon bronze at the Filoil Ecooil Preseason Cup and held a training camp in Japan.

However, the Green Archers failed to live up to the high expectations in Season 85 as they finished with a 7-7 record and lost 4th place playoff to Adamson, 80-76.

In a season where he’s been without players game after game, Pumaren faced a depleted squad in the final stages of the season with Schonny Winston absent for both halftimes due to a hamstring injury. , while Kevin Quiambao participated in health and safety procedures and Michael Phillips suffered a concussion.

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