Does Adamson have the best backcourt in the UAAP?

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2017 08:41 PM
Does Adamson have the best backcourt in the UAAP?
PERIMETER-ORIENTED. Adamson feels no dropoff at the point guard position with Koko Pingoy and Rob Manalang holding down the fort.

Adamson University won for the fourth time in a row on Saturday.

That marks their longest winning streak thus far in the Franz Pumaren era.

Their latest win – coming at the expense of fellow contender Far Eastern University, no less – was fueled by their backcourt which accounted for 40 percent of their points, 80 percent of their threes, 50 percent of their assists, and 33 percent of their steals.

Jerrick Ahanmisi was the high-point man with 17 points including three triples while Rob Manalang also added 11 points built on three treys.

Koko Pingoy was a factor as well with a 10-point, 10-assist double-double on top of two long-range bombs.

With that kind of a performance from his guards, Pumaren said his squad can match up with the best of them. “I’m not trying to be biased, but I’m confident with my backcourt. I think our backcourt right now, you can always put them in the (conversation) to be considered as the top backcourt players right now,” he said.

Without a doubt, Ahanmisi’s averages of 12.3 points, 36.8 percent from deep, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals; Pingoy’s norms of 8.4 points, 34 percent from deep, 4.6 assists, 3.1 steals, and 2.1 rebounds; and Manalang’s per game counts of 10 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.3 rebounds have been key to the Soaring Falcons’ ascent to solo third. “Slowly but surely, Jerrick, Rob, and Koko, I think they’re doing a good job,” the mentor said.

Those numbers could also rival those of De La Salle University’s trio of Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, and Kib Montalbo and the University of the Philippines’ quarter of Paul Desiderio, Juan Gomez de Liano, Jarrell Lim, and Jun Manzo.

For their part, the Adamson backcourt said they are just doing their job. “This just shows that we can play against any team in this league. For me, I just gotta keep working hard and keep working on my shooting,” Ahanmisi said.

Pingoy shared the same sentiment. “(Yung positions namin), hindi yun permanent. You need to work for it pa rin,” he expressed.


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