MANILA, Philippines — Thanks to an impressive all-around effort that helped his team secure a Final 4 spot, Adamson University’s crafty point guard Jerie Pingoy has earned the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week award.
Pingoy was instrumental in Adamson’s 86-70 rout of University of the Philippines (UP) on Sunday, which allowed the Soaring Falcons to clinch the No. 3 seed in the semifinals.
The one-time Juniors MVP controlled the game from start to finish and finished with 15 points — 12 of which came in the second half — as well as eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds. He did not commit a single turnover in nearly 25 minutes of playing time.
"We really prepared for this game kasi Final Four na 'yung look-up namin. Follow lang sa system, we're blessed that we got this win,” he shared.
The 5-foot-9 athlete has been a steadying force on both ends of the floor for his team. His clutch baskets, timely dimes, and crucial swipes helped the Falcons enter the playoffs for the second straight season after being cellar-dwellers in the past years.
Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren believes that his reliable playmaker, who is averaging 7.3 points, 4.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals, has yet to reach his full potential.
“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,” the mentor said.
Pingoy edged out teammate Papi Sarr, De La Salle University’s Ben Mbala, Ateneo de Manila University’s Thirdy Ravena, and Far Eastern University’s (FEU) Jasper Parker for the weekly citation.
The Falcons will look to extend their win streak to four when they face the FEU Tamaraws in their final match of the elimination round on Saturday.
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