PAPI Sarr may have taken the spotlight for Adamson after his monster game in the Falcons’ 86-70 win over the UP Fighting Maroons on Sunday, but guard Jerie Pingoy also turned heads with another impressive performance.
The transferee from Ateneo once again filled up the stat sheet in an all-around effort, finishing with 15 points to go along eight assists, six steals, four rebounds and a single block in just nearly 25 minutes of action.
As impressive as the numbers were, Falcons coach Franz Pumaren said there’s still a lot in Pingoy that fans haven’t seen yet.
For one, the multi-titled UAAP head coach believes that poise is still an issue for Pingoy. Having been sidelined for most of his collegiate career due to eligibility issues, Pingoy gets a little too excited when seeing time on the floor, he said.
But as games go by, slowly but surely, the former blue-chip recruit out of FEU high school is slowly hitting peak form.
“He can improve much better than that if he’ll keep his poise, if he’ll sometimes put aside his ego,” said Pumaren of Pingoy.
“We’re just scratching the surface of what he can do right now. If he will just follow what we’re trying to teach him, I think he will be a better all-around player,” he added.
Pingoy, for his part, also feels the urgency with the semifinals just around the corner.
“Coach said we need to play like a lion. We really prepared for this game kasi Final Four na yung nilolook-up namin,” said Pingoy. “Follow lang talaga sa system. We’re just blessed that we got the win.”
Pingoy need not look far for a role model when it comes to playing with poise on the court. His head coach had a pretty solid 12-year PBA career where he won nine championships and a grand slam with San Miguel.
Pumaren, whether serious or in jest, made sure to remind him of that.
“Today I brought my old things, I’ll be giving him so he can start emulating his game sa akin to become a better player,” he said.