With all the running Adamson does, Pingoy back to doing what he does best
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2017 02:27 PM
REMEMBER ME. Koko Pingoy turned in his best outing in the UAAP Srs. - more than five years after winning a championship and an MVP in the UAAP Jrs.
Starting for only the second time in last five years, Koko Pingoy took the ball and ran with it.
Making a mark all over the floor with a total of 12 points, six steals, five assists, and three rebounds, Pingoy sparked Adamson University to a much-needed victory versus National University last Sunday.
Without a doubt, it was the now 22-year-old’s best game in the UAAP Seniors. “I’m just playing my best. I’m just following coach Franz’s (Pumaren) system,” he told reporters post-game.
He then continued, “Whatever I have to do right now, I’m just gonna do it. I’m just gonna play hard defense kasi alam ko yun ang matutulong ko sa team ko.”
And with six steals the last time around, Pingoy has hiked up his league-leading pilfering totals to 17 in four games.
According to the Soaring Falcon, it was just all about putting what he practices into the game. “I’m just lucky na nakukuha ko yung mga bola. Pina-practice ko naman yun sa practice namin so yun ang natutulong ko sa team,” he shared.
In the end, it was a long overdue breakout for a player who five long years ago, won both a championship and an MVP in the UAAP Juniors.
Since that time as a shining star for Far Eastern University-Diliman, Pingoy has been at the wrong end of eligibility rules, at the wrong end of academic issues, and even at the wrong end of bad games.
The good news for him is now, he has finally found a home in San Marcelino.
That goes for both off the court and on the court. Talking about Pumaren’s tried and tested system, the heady point guard said, “It has really fit me kasi way back in high school run and gun kami. Yun ang laro ko talaga – mabilisan.”
Indeed, Pingoy has, thus far, looked like an ideal fit for Adamson’s pressure cooker defense. With him and team captain Robbie Manalang taking care of quarterbacking duties, they truly look like legitimate contenders.
The even better news is that, unlike five years ago, there isn’t much expectations for him now. “Sinasabi lang (ng coaching staff) lagi sa akin, ‘Just play your best, ipakita lang kung sino ka. ‘Di mo na kailangang mag-prove ng anything so just play hard and follow the system,’” he said.
He then continued, “Medyo matagal na yung wala ako so I’m just happy na nakabalik na ako.”
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