Ahanmisi is hands down Player of the Week after shooting down Ateneo
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 10, 2018 12:06 PM
Jerrick Ahanmisi did nothing but come through in Adamson's biggest win in two years
An opening ceremony as grand as the one the 81st Season of the UAAP had needed an athletic endeavor to match the grandeur - and luckily, there was one hooper who delivered.
After Filipino hearthrob James Reid, K-Pop star Minzy, and NBA champion and MVP Steph Curry opened the weekend, Adamson's Jerrick Ahanmisi gladly closed it.
From highlight plays to clutch buckets, Ahanmisi had it all as he led the Soaring Falcons to a 74-70 shocker over defending champion Ateneo to be hailed as the season's first Chooks-to-Go/UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week.
The Filipino-Nigerian edged out UP’s Juan Gomez de Liaño, National U's Dave Ildefonso, and FEU’s Arvin Tolentino for the weekly plum handed by scribes from print and online covering the beat.
Without a doubt, Adamson wouldn’t have pulled off the upset if not for the efforts of Ahanmisi who put up 23 points, on 8-of-17 shooting, while grabbing four rebounds.
The third-year swingman's offensive production was the highest for the opening weekend and included a mesmerizing buzzer-beating halfcourt shot that gave Adamson a 40-39 lead heading into the halftime break.
His highlights, however, weren’t just for the early parts of the game as he had his hand in Adamson’s crunch time sets.
With the game tied, Ahanmisi was given the isolation play off of head coach Franz Pumaren’s timeout and delivered with a clutch layup that gave his team a 70-68 lead with 1:09 left to play.
Not long after, they finished the job in their first conquest of the Blue Eagles since 2016.