Pumaren denies training camp allegations fake news; Green Archers on zoom training

Coach Derrick Pumaren slammed the netizens with his statements who spread rumors about Green Archers’ alleged conduct of physical training in the midst of COVID-19, “Those news are fake,” he said.

/ 4 September 2020

With the Growling Tiger’s Bicol bubble training fiasco, clips circulating online of NU Lady Bulldogs’ team training in Sampaloc and Laguna campuses, and the rumors about the UP’s training in Cavite which Coach Bo has already denied, another UAAP crew became the new hot topic.

As the trending news circulating over the past weeks on social media about varsity teams supposed training despite the quarantine protocols, Green Archers head coach told Spin.ph that the rumors about La Salle’s training are not real.

Green Archers star guard Aljun Melecio tweeted on Thursday, “Di ko alam na may team training na pala kami. Ang alam ko Zoom .”

Pumaren, who returned to coach La Salle after last handling the team back in 1991, shared his sentiment that this online training setting is not what he expected when he agreed to return.

However, like any other varsity teams, the Archers have been trying to make the most of the pandemic as it adapts to the new normal.

“We’ve been doing online training since April 6,” Pumaren said as he swore the most of the Archers have done is online practice.

Players like Justine Baltazar and Melecio who are both in their provinces have maintained their position as leaders of the squad as they do daily conditioning sessions in the comforts of their own homes.

Archers who are living overseas and La Salle’s new recruits like Kevin Quiambao and Jonnel Policarpio also participate in their team’s online training and sessions. Pumaren is delighted to see his players conforming to his demands.

Pumaren believes that even if the team can’t be on the same court as of the moment, he still expects that through their ongoing online training, it helps the crew to build good chemistry.

Easier team adjustments are the output that Puramen is expecting once they return to the training camp. He said that he is now feeling overjoyed to see his players doing their best to absorb his teachings in the middle of this quarantine period.

“The good thing about the players is that they pick up easily on the things we are teaching them. When we come back, I want it to become second nature to them,” Coach Puramen said.