SAN JUAN City – Struggling all game long, Jerie Pingoy struck when it mattered most as he pushed Adamson University over Arellano University in overtime, 61-56, in the featured game of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Monday night (May 1) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The incoming transfer forced the extension and then put in the crucial points to give the Falcons a resounding debut.
Pingoy hit a triple with 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the count at 48-48. Coach Jerry Codinera then called a timeout but Kent Salado missed the potential game-winner.
In the overtime, Papi Sarr and Pingoy canned back-to-back baskets to briefly give the lead back to the Falcons, 56-54, and 1:25 to play. Salado then forced the game’s final deadlock, 56-56, before Pingoy put Adamson ahead for good at the 57-second mark with Sarr adding a three-point play to solidify the win.
“It’s not only Jerie that has the license to shoot and take over a game, any of our players can do that,” said winning coach Franz Pumaren. “The only thing I do not like is when they force their shots,”
Dawn Ochea paced Adamson with 14 points and six rebounds followed by rookie Tyrus Hill with 10 points. Pingoy scored all his seven points in the dying seconds of regulation and the extension while Sarr added nine points and 18 rebounds.
For Pingoy, just getting a chance to play is a big victory in itself. The son of former PBA pro Jerry Pingoy spent a good number of years taking up residency after graduating from high school at Far Eastern University and transferring to Ateneo de Manila before taking his talents to his current school.
Salado was the top scorer for the Chiefs with 14 points and eight rebounds. Archie Concepcion followed with 13 markers and Lervin Flores had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
How They Scored:
ADAMSON (61) – Ochea 14, Hill 10, Ahanmisi 9, Sarr 9, Pingoy 7, Manalang 4, Manganti 2, Paranada 2, Mustre 2, Camacho 2, Chua 0, Bernardo 0, Zaldivar 0.
ARELLANO (56) – Salado 14, Concepcion 13, Flores 11, Enriquez 6, Gupilan 4, Villoria 3, Rivera 2, Abanes 2, Nicholls 1, Meca 0, de la Cruz 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Canete 0, Alcoriza 0, de Guzman 0.
Period Scores: 12-14, 21-20, 34-38, 48-48 (reg.), 61-56 (OT).