UAAP: Adamson is perfect no more thanks to FEU's Wendell Comboy
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2018 09:17 PM
Wendell Comboy is emerging as a two-way stud for FEU
Far Eastern University was in control for majority of its matchup with Adamson University on Sunday.
And then, the Soaring Falcons battled back to tie the tally and force overtime.
There, the Tamaraws again had a three-point lead with 20.1 ticks to go, but saw their opponents get one more crack at it.
Adamson, undefeated through five games, had several weapons in its arsenal, but the best ones have got to be Jerrick Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti.
That is exactly why FEU head coach Olsen Racela tasked his most trusted defender to guard either of those two. “’Di na ako lumapit kay coach, siya na mismo lumapit sa akin na, ‘Wendell, assign kita kay Ahanmisi, pero pwede ka rin mapunta kay Manganti so ready lang ako,” Wendell Comboy told reporters post-game.
In the decisive possession, things unfolded the way just about everybody thought it would – Ahanmisi got the ball to make a play and then found Manganti who had a sliver of a good look from behind the arc.
Only, once Manganti launched the shot, Comboy was also right there to make a play on it. “Bonus na lang yung block kasi ang laging sinasabi sa akin ni Coach Johnny [Abarrientos], talagang force to miss – not to the point na late ka magcha-challenge, not to the point na mafa-foul mo siya,” he shared.
He then continued, “Gulat na lang ako naabot ko yung bola. Lalo na si Sean Manganti pa yun diba.”
For reference, Comboy stands at 6-feet and is not necessarily knows as a high leaper while Manganti stands at 6-foot-5 and is athletic as they come.
And yet, Comboy got the block that won the game for the Tamaraws and gave the Soaring Falcons their first taste of defeat in the season.
That game-sealing defensive stop, in the eyes of Comboy himself, was just him doing his job. “Sa simula’t sapul, yun naman talaga ako. Sa offense, ‘di ko na ine-expect kasi dumadating na lang talaga,” he said.
He then continued, “Pero yung nagbibigay talaga sa akin ng playing time, sabi nga ni coach O, yung depensa. Dumedepensa muna ako tsaka na lang dadating ang opensa.”
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