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Black, Pingoy bid UAAP goodbye, forgo final playing season


By Miles Morales

The defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles and Adamson University Soaring Falcons will both lose steady presence come the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball tournament.

This is after Ateneo’s Aaron Black and Adamson’s Jerie Pingoy decided to forgo playing their final year of eligibility.

Black announced on Twitter that he is leaving the school where he grew from “a boy to a man with two rings and a whole lot of lessons to bring with me as I go down the hill.”

The Ateneo guard was part of the Blue Eagles’ championship teams in Seasons 80 and 81. He also thanked the school for “14 years well spent in the blue and white.”

“There’s definitely no question that my heart will always bleed blue,” Black concluded.

For his part, Pingoy, who also played for Ateneo before barging on the Falcons’ nest, thanked Adamson for the “second chance.”

“Adamson U, thank you for being with me during the short period of time,” the heartfelt post by the 5-foot-9 floor general read. “You never knew how grateful I am and to be once called a Soaring Falcon. I fell short but this is not the end.

“Thank you for giving me a second chance. Thank you klasmayts.”

Pingoy also thanked the Katipunan-based squad: “I can’t thank Ateneo enough for giving me the chance to play again and show that I still have it.”