NCAA All-Stars all set to put on a show
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 21, 2015 12:45 PM
ALL-STAR FRIDAY. Scottie Thompson, Baser Amer, Ola Adeogun, and Josan Nimes will not be playing due to injuries, but Friday still looks thrilling as ever with All-Stars like Art Dela Cruz.
The slam dunk competition is expected to draw as much attention as the NCAA All-Star Game itself after some of the league's foreign imports have entered in the event set on Friday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Americans Dioncee Holts of Arellano and Mustapha Yankie Haruna of College of St. Benilde, Nigerians Allwell Oraeme of Mapua and Prince Eze of Perpetual Help and Cameroonian Laminou Hamadou all joined to lend the event more credence.
Lyceum's Jebb Bulawan and Letran's Rey Publico are also returning to accomplish what the two failed to do a year ago when they were beaten by Cameroonian Arnaud Noah of San Beda in last year's inaugural staging.
Other entries are San Beda's Michole Sorela, San Sebastian's Ally Bulanadi and Jose Rizal's Kim Cyril Aurin.
Expected to be equally exciting is the three-point shootout with St. Benilde's Travis Jonson out to defend the title he won last year by scoring 21 of 30 in his first attempt and 20 of 30 in the second.
Jonson, however, has struggled this year with a foot injury and just managed six of 23 shots from beyond the arc for a paltry 26 percent, opening the door for the other comers to snatch the title away from him.
Among Jonson's toughest foes are Mapua's Exeqiel Biteng, Letran's Mark Cruz, Lyceum's Wilson Baltazar and San Sebastian's Ryan Costelo.
Also joining are Arellano's John Kenneth Zamora, San Beda's Cris Soberano, EAC's Jozhua General, Jose Rizal's Paolo Pontejos and Perpetual Help's Gerald Dizon.
The NCAA All-Star day will be highlighted by the game itself pitting the East team headed by reigning MVP Earl Scottie Thompson and the West squad spearheaded by Letran's Cruz, Kevin Racal and Rey Nambatac.