Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Derrick Pumaren proud to see Fran Yu fulfill his potential

Derrick Pumaren is the least surprised to see how Fran Yu has morphed into one of the best in the collegiate scene today.

Pumaren had previously coached Yu in University of the East back in 2016, but that relationship ended when the 5-foot-10 guard took his talents to Traill International School in Thailand.

Now, Yu has emerged as a star following an impressive performance with Colegio de San Juan de Letran in last year’s NCAA Season 95. There, he helped steer the Knights to the championship.

“I’m really happy with his development. Now, it shows why I tried to recruit him that time,” said Pumaren of the former Batang Gilas stalwart, whom he recruited from Chiang Kai Shek College.

Pumaren and Yu had some sort of a reunion Monday when the EcoOil-backed La Salle went head-to-head against Wang’s-Letran in the opening salvo of the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

There, Yu balled out, producing 24 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals in nearly 27 minutes.

“He’s playing with confidence. He has matured now,” Pumaren lauded.

“I’m happy that he’s playing well.”

Yu definitely made it tough for the Green Archers, with the Knights trimming a 19-point deficit to just six with less than six minutes left. Still, Pumaren’s side pulled through and triumphed, 102-90.

Regardless of the result, however, Yu is just glad to meet his former mentor, to whom he remains grateful.

“Thankful ako kasi siya ang nag-recruit sa akin nung high school. Naniwala siya na kaya kong maglaro sa college level.”

#ReadMore  Adamson scores second straight win after dominant outing against Arellano
Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


Nueva Ecija’s Michael Mabulac was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Invitational, Wednesday at the SM...


The Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League will honor the lasting legacy of decorated head coach and sportsman Edmundo “Ato” Badolato by naming its Coach...


Young guns Fran Yu and Justin Arana took charge for Pasig-Sta. Lucia, lifting the Realtors to a thrilling 70-66 victory over San Juan-Go for...


After 15 months, Fran Yu and Rhenz Abando will finally get to share a court. But they won’t be wearing Letran’s red and blue...


Pasig-Sta. Lucia completed its sweep of the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Invitational’s Pool A, handing Negros a harsh 85-73 exit, Monday at the...


Pasig-Sta. Lucia held Caloocan to just three points in the fourth to run away with an 87-60 victory in the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball...

3x3 Basketball

Stars from the local basketball circuit and the entertainment industry will collide in one charity event before Christmas Day. Billed as “Battle Of The...


Pasig-Sta. Lucia pulled away in the fourth quarter to fend off Bacoor, 76-67 for its second consecutive win in the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball...