Jerie Pingoy picked the perfect time to wax hot as he drained the game-clinching triples in the last two minutes to power Akari-Adamson University to an 89-79 victory versus Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
Showing that he also can stroke it from the outside, the former UAAP Juniors MVP went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, three of which coming in the last 2:03 to drop a game-high 23 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and three steals for the Soaring Falcons.
His flurry from downtown broke a 78-all deadlock in the final three minutes as Akari-Adamson suddenly took a commanding 87-79 advantage with 55.8 seconds on the clock.
“That’s the advantage of (having) Pingoy. He’s willing to take the big shots,” said coach Franz Pumaren as the Soaring Falcons have now won back-to-back games to claim solo second at 6-2.
Jerrick Ahanmisi remained lethal from downtown as he shot 3-of-6 from threes to wind up with 16 markers and three boards in the win.
Jerom Lastimosa contributed 11 points while Cameroonian slotman Papi Sarr chipped in 10 markers and six rebounds.
Batangas-EAC showed some grit to surprise Akari-Adamson and even took a 63-58 lead midway in the third quarter before the Falcons rampaged back and set up the close finish.
Cedric de Joya led the skidding Generals with 15 points and four rebounds while Jerome Garcia got 13 markers and two boards as they fell to a 1-7 record.
AKARI-ADAMSON 89 — Pingoy 23, Ahanmisi 16, Lastimosa 10, Sarr 10, Mojica 7, Camacho 6, Espeleta 6, Manganti 6, Catapusan 2, Lojera 2, Macion 0, Zaldivar 0.
BATANGAS-EAC 79 — De Joya 15, Garcia 13, Ablaza 12, Altamirano 12, Diego 7, E. Mendoza 7, Dela Peña 4, Bautista 2, Maguliano 2, Martin 2, Tampoc 2, J. Mendoza 1, Corilla 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 26-27, 51-47, 66-64, 89-79.