A bit of good, and a dash of bad news for Adamson fans.
Starting shooting guard Jerrick Ahanmisi has returned to training Tuesday ahead of the Soaring Falcons’ rematch against La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball semifinals on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Meanwhile, Jerie Pingoy, who sprained his ankle like Ahanmisi in the team’s loss to FEU over the weekend, is still in sick bay, but is expected to be healthy enough to join the training on Thursday.
Ahanmisi suffered his injury in the opening period of their match against the Tamaraws, sitting out the rest of the game and seeing his absence visibly felt in the disappointing 71-54 defeat — their first to a team other than Ateneo and La Salle this season.
The Fil-Am sniper averaged 12.4 points and 1.1 steals in the elimination round, averaging almost two triples per game and being one of the team’s steadiest threats from the perimeter.
On the other hand, Pingoy wrested the starting point guard duties from last year’s first playmaker, Rob Manalang, midway through the first round.
With more playing time, the former UAAP Juniors MVP has proven he can hold the keys to a team’s attack while being a pest on defense in the collegiate level.
He normed all-around numbers of 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists (second in the UAAP), and 2.6 steals (first in the UAAP) en route to winning a UAAP Player of the Week award after Ahanmisi.
Missing either in Game 1 on Saturday would be a big blow to the championship hopes of Adamson, who fell in the same stage last year to the defending champions.