JERIE Pingoy hardly hesitated when he launched a three-pointer with 1:34 to go in Adamson's 58-50 win over UP in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup on Sunday.
Such was the kind of play Adamson coach Franz Pumaren expects from his prized guard when the going gets tough in the coming UAAP season.
That basket gave the Falcons a 54-47 lead that stood until the end as Adamson booked the first quarterfinals slot in the preseason tournament with its sixth win in seven games.
"Jerie can give us stability. Being a veteran, he makes some big baskets," said Pumaren of Pingoy, a celebrated high school guard who is still trying to make his mark in college ball.
The Cebuano guard caused a controversy when he transfered from Far Eastern University to Ateneo, but his career got nowhere after spending two seasons in residency.
After an uneventful season with the Blue Eagles, Pingoy moved to Adamson where he hopes to kickstart his career after another year out to comply with residency requirements.
Pumaren has no doubt Pingoy has talent, but the concurrent GlobalPort mentor in the PBA still find the need to sometimes put a leash on the high-octane guard.
"We just have to put a rope around his neck and make sure he knows what he's doing. Sometimes he tends to be out of control. Sometimes he lets his ego get involved," he said.
Pumaren, though, has high hopes Pingoy will emerge as one of the leaders of the team in time for the UAAP wars.
"Slowly, he's maturing. I think he will be a big help in our campaign," he said.
Asked if Pingoy is bound to be one of the go-to guys of the young, talented Adamson team, Pumaren said "I want everybody to contribute down the stretch."
"I don't want us to be predictable," he said.