Gun-shy Dawn Ochea nails it when it matters most

Same play, different result.

Out of nowhere, Dawn Ochea instantly made a name for himself after stealing the spotlight with his cold-blooded game-winning jump shot against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

He finished the game with only two points but that was enough to complete Adamson University’s comeback win, 62-61, on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Head coach Franz Pumaren revealed that play has long been practiced by the Falcons. But he said Ochea was hesitant to take that shot during their tuneups.

“If I can recall we had a practice game, we diagrammed the same play, and during that particular game Dawn was gun-shy,” Pumaren said after the game.

Luckily for Pumaren his senior fired the dagger this time and took the air out of the Eagles.

“We were in that position already, he knows what he was supposed to do and he nailed that magical shot,” said Pumaren.

Ochea, who just came off the bench after a long rest, had no choice but to take the shot as both Jerick Ahanmisi and Rob Manalang, their primary shooters, were not open with the time running out.

“Sinabi ni coach sa akin, no matter what kung ma-deny si Jerrick, sila Rob I have to take the shot and siyempre do-or-die, binigay ko kay Lord kung papasok o hindi,” Ochea said. – By John Chester Fajardo 

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