JERIE Pingoy is gradually getting his confidence back as a vital cog for Adamson in their UAAP Season 80 campaign.
The Falcons point guard played 18 minutes but was a key player on both ends of the floor as he finished with nine points, seven assists, and three steals in their 73-85 defeat against La Salle on Wednesday.
Pingoy even spearheaded Adamson's comeback attempt with his pesky defense, even though the Falcons fell short in pulling off the upset over the Ben Mbala-led La Salle squad.
Still, Pingoy is happy to get his groove this early in the season. Prior to the La Salle game, he was already averaging seven points, 2.5 rebounds, two assists, and four steals in the first two matches.
He even went on to say that his current play is some sort of a renaissance from his high school days with Far Eastern University especially on the defensive end, but wants to stay patient with his game.
"Since high school ganun naman laro ko. Nabalik ko padahan-dahan. At least, 'yung kumpiyansa ko, they said na nandoon na. I'm just going to take it slowly," said Pingoy.
Pingoy said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren is an integral part of getting his confidence back after a respite last season following his transfer from Ateneo to Adamson. That doesn't include the two-year residency he underwent when he moved from FEU high school to Ateneo in 2013.
"Sabi lang niya, just play your best and follow the rules. Just do your best and the offense will follow," Pingoy said.
Pingoy's defense contributed to the 26 turnovers La Salle committed in the game that led to the Green Archers' lead evaporating to seven in the fourth period. The loss was a learning lesson for Pingoy and the Falcons after they trailed by as many as 24 points.
"Sobrang dami naming mistakes. I think in the beginning, we need to play hard agad agad. Nakuha agad ng La Salle ang momentum. We were happy na hindi kami nag-give up. We played our best. Nakuha namin. Pero nagkulang lang," said Pingoy.