UNFORTUNATE as Donald Tankoua’s injury was for San Beda, the Red Lions found consolation in the standout performance of reserve big man Ben Adamos.
The 6-foot-6 Adamos tallied 11 points in 13 minutes of play to become one of the key players in the Red Lions’ 90-82 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College on Friday.
With Adamos’ effort, the Red Lions upped their win-loss slate to 10-1 to tighten their grip on the top spot of the NCAA standings.
Averaging only 0.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in eight matches for San Beda, Adamos said he has been waiting for his moment to contribute to the team on the floor after being in Team B for two years following his transfer from Technological Institute of the Philippines.
“Naghihintay lang ako ng time na makapasok ako,” said Adamos. “Hindi ako nagmamadali kasi marami pa akong taon sa Beda. Pinaghahandaan ko na rin sarili ko na kung may mangyari, huwag naman sana, makakatulong ako.”
The former TIP standout, however, was surprised to get the call immediately after Tankoua got injured.
“Tumatakbo na sa utak ko na marami kaming big man, naisip ko na baka hindi pa ako makapasok. Nung pinasok ako, gumaan na pakiramdam ko at ready na ako sa pinapagawa ni coach,” said Adamos, a former MVP of the EDQ Cup when he played for the Engineers two years ago.
But one man who was not surprised with Adamos’ stellar outing was San Beda coach Jamike Jarin.
“We have 15 players. Donald Tankoua goes down and someone steps in. That’s how we do things and how we prepare them for battle. Of course, he was surprised that he came in early but he was ready. That’s the beauty of how we do things here,” said Jarin.