All-Star MVP Serrano, Jrs. MVPs power North through South
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 16, 2017 01:24 PM
TOO MUCH. Encho Serrano, flanked by NCAA MVP Troy Mallillin and UAAP MVP Juan Gomez de Liano, led the North to victory versus the South.
SJ Belangel was his usual stellar self, Filipino-American Kamaka Hepa evened things out a bit better, but the North still had too many horses for the South to keep up with in the 2017 National Basketball Training Center Division 1 All-Star Game.
Pampanga’s best composed of Encho Serrano and John Lloyd Clemente delivered the goods as Jong Uichico’s North All-Stars built up what proved to be an insurmountable lead for the South All-Stars of Josh Reyes in a 94-89 decision on Thursday at the MOA Arena.
With both the MVPs in the NCAA and the UAAP as well as a total of six Mythical selections, the North blitzed their opponents right from tip-off and busted their way to a lead of as much as 19.
Trailing 36-53 at halftime, however, Belangel and Sherwin Concepcion spearheaded a 31-point third quarter for the South that barged them back into the game.
Rom Junsay then took over in the final frame and tied the tally at 78 for the South. NCAA MVP Troy Mallillin and UAAP MVP Juan Gomez de Liano quickly countered for the North, however, as they connived for 11 unanswered points that re-established the double-digit lead they would keep the rest of the way.
Serrano wound up with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds to be hailed as the All-Star Game MVP.
Mallillin and Gomez de Liano added 16 markers apiece and Clemente contributed an all-around 10 points, six rebounds, and one block. “We had more talent, but credit to the other team, they played hard,” Uichico said.
In all, the five of Serrano, Mallillin, Gomez de Liano, Clemente, and Bruce Edwards overwhelmed their opponents, 16-9, in to finish the game.
Belangel fronted the South’s rally with 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Concepcion chipped in 19 markers of his own.
In the Division 2 All-Star Game, Aldin Ayo’s Team Superstar made quick work of Jamike Jarin’s Team Elite, 106-75.
All-Star Game MVP Kevin Barranco from Iloilo scored 22 points, 10 coming in the opening salvo, to show the way.
NORTH ALL-STARS 94 – Serrano 17, Gomez de Liano 16, Mallillin 16, Clemente 10, Edwards 9, Tibayan 4, Pagsanjan 4, Dela Torre 4, Maagdenberg 4, Nelle 3, Ildefonso 3, Naboa 2, Fermin 2, Sotto 0, Mahinay 0
SOUTH ALL-STARS 89 – Concepcion 19, Belangel 18, Junsay 10, Hepa 9, Penano 8, Galinato 6, Sunga 6, Santiago 5, Amsali 4, Oczon 2, Cabahug 2, Umpad 0, Cruz 0, Velasco 0, Abu Hijleh 0
QUARTER SCORES: 27-12, 53-36, 72-67, 94-89
TEAM SUPERSTAR 106 – Barranco 22, Calibo 18, Platon 14, Felebrico 12, Teves 10, Selgas 9, Llona 8, Pinero 5, Carlos 4, Lopingco 2, Gurtiza 2, Pampag 0
TEAM ELITE 75 – Lim 13, Fuerte 12, Doromal 12, Alinsoring 8, Odchigue 8, Bernal 5, Abenaza 5, Basa 4, Jarao 3, Limpangog 3, Dimayuga 2, Templo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 32-17, 58-33, 79-57, 106-75
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