MATTHEW Aquino had a rousing debut for Adamson in the 2015 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, scoring 20 points as the Falcons edged University of San Jose Recoletos, 62-59, on Wednesday in San Juan City.
Aquino, the incoming sophomore son of PBA legend and Adamson assistant coach Marlou Aquino, also collected 15 rebounds and five blocks for the Falcons to win their debut game in the preseason tournament.
Adamson assistant coach Michael Fermin said the younger Aquino has been working hard on his game, pointing out that the teenager will be a key piece in the Falcons' undersized lineup in the coming UAAP season.
“Kasi we are not that big. Imagine, Matthew is 6-7 after that 6-3, 6-2," said Fermin.
Aquino is not as imposing as dad inside the paint, but he has developed a fine touch from the outside which Marlou never had in his career. Matthew went 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range against the Jaguars.
"If we can put the big man of the other team out and Matthew can consistently hit the triple, kahit papaano magiging maganda ang game plan namin," said Fermin.
Dad also helps out, Fermin added.
"Before and after practice, meron siyang extra workout. Malaking factor din si coach Marlou not only sa kanya but sa other bigs din niya. Grabe ang patience niya,” said Fermin.
William Polican had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Falcons.
USJR wrapped up its tournament with a 1-7 win-loss slate.
Adamson (62) — Aquino 20, Polican 11, Pedrosa 8, Ochea 6, Bernardo 6, Pasturan 4, Barrera 4, Ng 3, Gumtang 0, Butron 0.
USJR (59) — Suano 9, Navarra 8, Gastador 8, Villafranca 7, Labares 7, Regalado 6, Nzuzi 6, Dinolan 4, Galvez 2, Bayhonan 2, Villarias 0, Villahermosa 0, Catipay 0, Lajato 0.
Quarterscores: 15-8, 26-27, 42-43, 62-59.