Nambatac leads West vs Jalalon-driven East in NCAA All-Star Game

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 03, 2016 02:17 PM
Nambatac leads West vs Jalalon-driven East in All-Star Game
FACE-OFF. Cagayan de Oro natives Rey Nambatac and Jiovani Jalalon will lead the West and the East, respectively, in the NCAA All-Star Game.

The early frontrunner for MVP faces off once more against the preseason favorite for the same award, this time in the All-Star Game in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Rey Nambatac will be at the forefront of the attack for the West All-Stars when they meet in the middle of the San Juan Arena on August 12 the East All-Stars led into battle by Jiovani Jalalon.

Nambatac will be flanked by Colegio de San Juan de Letran teammates Mcjour Luib and Jom Sollano; College of St. Benilde’s JJ Domingo, Christian Fajarito, and Yankie Haruna; Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Jorem Morada, Francis Munsayac and Sidney Onwubere; Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Ian Alban, Jesper Ayaay, and Wilson Baltazar; and Mapua Institute of Technology’s Exe Biteng, Andoy Estrella, and Darell Menina.

Taking them head-on will be Jalalon and fellow Arellano University stars Julius Cadavis and Kent Salado; Ervin Grospe, Paolo Pontejos, and Teytey Teodoro of Jose Rizal University; Bright Akhuetie, AJ Coronel, and Gab Dagangon of University of Perpetual Help; Davon Potts, Dan Sara, and Donald Tankoua of San Beda College; and Michael Calisaan, Ryan Costelo, and Jerick Fabian of San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Coaches for both sides are yet to be announced. Lineups are also still subject to change.

The composition of the teams was based on geography. The West includes the Intramuros-based squads Letran, LPU, and Mapua together with schools along Taft Avenue in CSB and EAC.

On the other hand, the East is made up of the rest of the teams such as Arellano, JRU, Perpetual, San Beda, and San Sebastian.

The NCAA All-Star Game is now in its third year. A season ago, CSB's Jonathan Grey and Letran’s Mark Cruz allowed the West to edge out the East.

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