UST’s Nonoy attends graduation then plays in All-Star Game

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 31, 2019 08:50 PM
UST’s Nonoy attends graduation then plays in All-Star Game
Mark Nonoy yet again showed much-welcome maturity, helping the UAAP All-Stars hold off their NCAA counterparts

Mark Nonoy is University of Sto. Tomas' lone representative in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason All-Star Game.

When the showcase tipped off inside the Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday, however, the prized prospect was nowhere to be found.

As it turns out, Nonoy was attending his high school graduation inside the UST campus in Espana.

Once the program wrapped up at around 4:00 p.m., though, the 19-year-old made his way to the Filoil All-Star Game. "Gusto ko po talaga kasing ma-experience na makasama ko yung mga idol ko sa college at gusto ko rin po talagang makakuha ng experience sa kanila," he shared.

And to do so, he booked an Angkas and rode on a motorcycle all the way to San Juan.

Moments before the final frame of the game, Nonoy finally arrived at the venue.

Not long after, he was sent in by head coach Franz Pumaren to help holding off the NCAA All-Stars.

The 5-foot-8 playmaker did that and more, scoring eight points on top of three assists and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action as the UAAP All-Stars got the better of the NCAA All-Stars, 86-83.

Of course, he was going to do what he has long been doing - go to work with or without warmups. "Iniisip ko lang na parehas kami pag nasa court ako. Kung anong matutulong ko sa teammates ko, yun ang gagawin ko," he said.

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