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Jerom Lastimosa had no doubt with game-winner as he practices it ‘every morning, lunch, dinner’

Jerom Lastimosa was struggling against the defensive-minded National University in their UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday.

But the 24-year-old proud son of Dumaguete proved once again that he, the leader of Adamson University, is not afraid of the big lights.

With the Bulldogs up by one point inside the last minute of the game, the 5-foot-10 combo guard out of Dumaguete got the ball twice in consecutive possessions.

Both times, he unleashed a three-pointer. Both times, he missed.

The Soaring Falcons were forced to put Steve Nash Enriquez at the free throw line with 18.6 seconds to go but luckily, he split his attempts.

And that opened the door to Lastimosa’s redemption, draining a booming trey with 5.5 ticks left to give Adamson the much-needed 64-63 victory at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.UAAP-85-MBB-NU-vs.-ADU-Jerom-Lastimosa-7507 Jerom Lastimosa had no doubt with game-winner as he practices it 'every morning, lunch, dinner' AdU Basketball News UAAP  - philippine sports news

“Alam ko na yung dalawang tira ko hindi siya pumasok but I never gave up sa last shot. I think deserve ko naman mangyari yun kasi pinapractice ko talaga ‘yun everyday,” said Lastimosa, who ended up with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field with five rebounds.

“Hindi lang everyday. Every morning, lunch, dinner.”

Head coach Nash Racela then bared in the post-game interview that he didn’t call the final play. It was all Lastimosa and the other Falcons on the floor.

Well, the second-year Adamson coach wanted to draw out a play but under the FIBA rulebook used by UAAP, a team cannot call a timeout during a live ball.

“We wanted to call a timeout if they made the second free throw but we had no choice… they missed it which actually was a good thing, a better thing for us because yung defense ng NU wasn’t prepared for whatever the guys planned,” said Racela.

“There was no instruction from my end. Sila lang yung dumiskarte. Ang sabi ko lang bahala ka na.”

Since Season 84, Lastimosa has been the go-to-guy for the Falcons in clutch situations. Results varied but one thing is unmistakable – he will always take that ball.

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Adamson will march to its last assignment in the eliminations on Wednesday against Ateneo de Manila University at 4 pm, hoping to win that as well to better its chances of catching the last bus to the post-season.UAAP-85-MBB-NU-vs.-ADU-Jerom-Lastimosa-7514 Jerom Lastimosa had no doubt with game-winner as he practices it 'every morning, lunch, dinner' AdU Basketball News UAAP  - philippine sports news

“Sobrang saya ko kasi sa mga ganyang sitwasyon talagang sa akin na binibigay ni coach yung tiwala niya sa crucial situations,” said Lastimosa.

“Ako naman hindi ko naman sasayangin yung mga ganyang opportunity, iggrab ko talaga and kailangan ko talagang panindigan.”

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