Oct. 19, 2013
Trinity University of Asia gymnasium,
One thing is for sure.
Jerie Pingoy has moved on.
The positive and confident vibes he exuded when I spoke to him last Saturday communicated this.
“Medyo OK na po ang laro ko.Wala na masyadong error kanina,” said the 18-year old Pingoy last Saturday.
Jerie talked briefly about himself after the Ateneo Blue Eagles struck down the Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup, 68-51, to clinch the senior division crown of the 11th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup basketball tournament at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.
(The Ateneo Blue Eagles-B whoop it up after conquering the 11th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup. #22 in picture is Jerie Pingoy).
The five-foot-nine Pingoy got involved in his first title conquest for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
This came months after he left the cudgels of Far Eastern University last March,
Last summer, he started playing for Team B in the 19th Fr. Martin Summer Cup.
His decision caused quite a stir and controversy within the league.
Last March, the board of trustees of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines ruled that high school athletes transferring from one member school to another for college must first undergo two years of residency.
The following month on April 23, the league made an amendment.
During a meeting held in the United States, the board approved the clause.
The clause stated that a transferee will be exempted from the residency requirement if he/she gets a release from his school.
There is now court case, and it does not involve Jerie.
It involves swimmer Anna Dominique “Mikee” Bartolome of the University of the Philippines.
Somehow, it indirectly affects Jerie.
But after their his finals stint that day, Jerie said he hopes that he will someday make it to team A.
Unfortunately, he is still waiting for his release papers, and it has not arrived yet.
But, that midmorning on Saturday, he seems unaffected by it all.
Two booming triples from Pingoy and Joma Adornado paved the way for the Blue Eagles’ spirited efforts to bring down the Red Lions.
His baskets with Adornado found their mark in start of the third quarter.
Adornado, Pingoy and Alfonso Gotladera showed the way in that game with 14, 12 and 11 points.
And this helped the Blue Eagles clinch their first crown in the tournament.
They started their pullaway after Adornado tied the match, 28-all for the last time in last 8:29 of the third.
Then, Pingoy and Adornado unloaded triples in the last 5:25, handing the Loyola dribblers a 36-32 advantage.
“It was defense. Ever since, I have been reminding them about it. With defense, offense will follow. They players wanted it. They showed intensity in this game,” said Blue Eagles coach Yuri Escueta,
The Blue Eagles later received the team’s championship trophy from commissioner Robert de la Rosa.
With 6’10 Nigerian cager Tochukwu Ewenike patrolling the lanes, Ateneo eventually took a 42-33 spread with 3:37 to go.
A triple from Mikee Cabahug, son of retire PBA star Elmer Cabahug, found its mark with 2.8 seconds left in the third saw the Blue Eagles grabbing a 50-39 lead when the last quarter started.
Cabahug struck again with a trey in the remaining 3:18, handing the Blue Eagles their biggest taste of the lead, 61-43.
Cameroonian cager Donald Tankoua fired 19 points for the Red Lions, while Alfred Sedilla had nine, Reyes and Jeremer Cabanag contributed eight.
John Apacible Jr. and Jobert Mercado hit 26 and 15 points as they led Hope Christian School to a 72-58 swamping of the Adamson Falcons, and this allowed them retain the junior division honors.
Apacible, son of actor John Apacible, scored 11 in the second canto as Hope continued keeping their distance, 34-25, at halftime.
De la Rosa said the 10th Fr. Martin Collegiate Open Tournament is set to begin on Nov. 23.
First game (junior)
Hope 72- Apacible 26, Mercado 15, Nunez 10, de la Cruz 9, Rangel 4, Trangia 4, Tubiano 2, Galoso 2.
Adamson 58- Tungcab 15, Antiporda 9, Sasuman 8, Cabanilla 7, Macasil 6, Chua 5, Pasturan 3, Fernandez 3, Binarao 2.
Quarterscores: 19-8, 34-25, 48-all, 72-58.
Second game (srs)
Ateneo 68- Pingoy 14, Adornado 12, Gotladera 11, Ikeh 9, Cabahug 8, Branzuela 5, Ewenike 2, Basas 2, Gamboa 2, Cu 2, Ramos 2.
San Beda 51- Tankoua 19,Sedilla 9, Reyes 8, Cabanag 8, Sorella 3, Estrada 2.
Quarterscores: 8-12, 28-25, 50-39, 68-51.