Who wins in a shootout between Ritualo and Ahanmisi?
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2016 06:03 PM
MAKE YOUR POPPA PROUD. Adamson shooting coach Renren Ritualo liked what he saw from rookie Jerrick Ahanmisi.
Jerrick Ahanmisi made it rain in his big-league debut with 28 points built on six triples on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Filipino-Nigerian’s total for Adamson University was the highest by a debuting player in the UAAP since Jeron Teng’s 35 points in his first game for De La Salle University in 2012.
As if those weren’t enough, Ahanmisi was also the Soaring Falcons’ leading scorer in their season-opening victory versus University of the Philippines.
In the post-game conference, words about the red-hot rookie’s shooting stroke were the first to come out of multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren’s mouth. “Just so you know, it’s not Renren (Ritualo) who’s been teaching him to shoot – it’s me,” he kidded.
Turning serious, the 18-year-old deflected all the credit back to his coaches – both Ritualo and Pumaren. As he put it, “I just went out there and listened to what my coaches said. Whatever they tell me to do, that’s the role I’m going to play for my team.”
In Ritualo’s eyes, however, the immediate impact was no surprise because Adamson’s prized prospect has been putting in the work. “Masipag mag-practice yung mga bata kaya sabi lang namin, do what we practice,” he said.
He then continued, “Although they are rookies, you have to give it to them because walang rookie jitters with both of them. Sobrang ganda ng pinakita nila.”
In the preseason, the arrival of Ritualo, arguably one of the best to ever launch from long-range, was said to be a boon for the young yet hungry Falcons. If the first game is any indication, “The Rainman’s” shooting stroke is already rubbing off on the San Marcelino-based squad with Ahanmisi making good on all but one of his seven shots from distance.
Asked if he sees a newer version of himself in Ahanmisi, Ritualo said, “Kayo lang makakapagsabi nyan.”
But who would win in a head-to-head shootout between them? “Every time na tatanungin ako nyan, sasabihin ko, ako e.”
His student doesn’t seem to think so, however, and said, “I’m pretty confident with my shot. I work at it every game so we’ll just have to have the shootout.”
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