CALASIAO, Pangasinan — The 2019 PBA All-Star Games here have taken a more special turn courtesy of one of the league’s local partners in Double V Productions.
For every three-point shot and dunk made in the Rookies/Sophomores and Juniors game and the North vs. South clash, the Vasandani family that runs Double V will donate wheelchairs to the Alagang PBA Foundation.
Friday for the thrilling opening game of this weekend’s festivities, the Rookies, Sophomores, and Juniors generated a total of 44 wheelchairs. 34 came from triples connected and 10 came from dunks.
While it’s not part of the competition, Columbian’s no. 1 rookie contributed the most to the wheelchair drive, providing eight. Perez shot 6/12 from deep and had two dunks.
Perez ended up finishing with 32 points and eight rebounds, winning MVP honors after the Rookies and Sophomores scored a thrilling 141-140 win over the Juniors.
“Kaya nashu-shoot ko siguro dahil dun sa mga wheelchair na ibibigay,” Perez said on his incredible shooting night from rainbow country.
“And yung mga dunks ko syempre, dine-dedicate ko sa mga may kailangan talaga ng wheelchair,” he added.
Another thing that made CJ’s double win extra special was the fact that this year’s All-Star is in Pangasinan.
Perez is not exactly from Calasiao, he grew up in Bautista, but he’s a proud son of Pangasinan regardless.
“Sobrang nakaka-taba ng puso kasi yun nga nanalo kami and na-inspire namin yung mga tao dito,” Perez said.
“Sobrang happy na nakapag-bigay ako ng excitement dito sa hometown ko na rin,” he added.
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