Grey shoots West to All-Star shocker against East
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 21, 2015 07:34 PM
PLEASANT SURPRISE. Jonathan Grey pulled off a surprise MVP win as the West pull off a shocker All-Star win.
Teytey Teodoro was on his way to taking a win for the East All-Stars and an MVP for himself.
That was until Aldin Ayo’s “magulo basketball” rubbed off on his West All-Stars, most especially Jonathan Grey who sparked his team to an 89-88 shocker over the East on Friday at the San Juan Arena.
Teodoro owned the spotlight and his turnaround fadeaway gave the East an 88-81 advantage inside the last 60 seconds. At the other end, the West fed the hot hand and Grey responded by swishing a triple to cut the deficit to four.
Ayo’s boys, true to their coach’s character, forced a turnover and Grey immediately launched another trey that found the bottom of the net and sent the West to 87-88 with 14.9 ticks on the clock.
With Grey and company not yet in the penalty, the East was able to shave 10 seconds off the clock by intentionally getting fouled. Once the West was in the penalty, however, they also forced Jiovani Jalalon to lose possession.
Mark Cruz claimed the ball and ran up to the halfcourt where he was fouled while heaving up the ball. Cruz made the first two free throws and intentionally muffed the last to let the clock run out.
Grey was named All-Star MVP after finishing with 20 points, three assists, and one steal. In his post-win interview, Ayo shared that he nearly sat Grey out in the endgame as he said, “Na-tempt akong i-pullout si Grey. ‘Di nasusunod yung depensa namin. Pero ang ganda ng nilalaro ng bata e.”
For his part, Grey said, “Go hard lang ako nung fourth. Sabi nga kasi ni coach, mas masaya ang All-Star kung manalo.”
Teodoro showed the way for the East with 17 points.
WEST 89 – Grey 20, Cruz 10, Oraeme 10, Gabayni 8, Mejos 8, Munsayac 7, Nambatac 6, Alanes 4, Ongteco 4, Baltazar 3, Saavedra 3, Racal 2, Onwubere 2, Serrano 2, Nieles 0
EAST 88 – Teodoro 17, Jalalon 12, Akhuetie 10, Guinto 10, Ylagan 6, Dela Cruz 6, Calisaan 6, Koga 5, Ortuoste 5, Salado 4, Sorela 4, Dela Paz 2, Abdul Wahab 1, Nicholls 0, Dagangon 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-14, 41-38, 59-63, 89-88
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