Akhuetie, West All-Stars pummel East counterparts by 34 points
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 12, 2016 06:57 PM
ALL CLEAR. Even with all the confusion on team names, Bright Akhuetie and the West powered through a massive victory versus the East.
This time around, the NCAA All-Star Game did not go down the wire.
In fact, it was all over after just a few minutes on Friday at the San Juan Arena with Bright Akhuetie and the West All-Stars getting out to a hot 11-0 start.
They only stepped harder on the gas pedal the rest of the way and wound up with a massive 34-point victory versus the overmatched East All-Stars, 111-77.
Gab Dagangon, Akhuetie’s teammate in University of Perpetual Help, paced the West with eight points in a 35-point opening salvo for his team.
The second quarter then belonged to the East, but that would be the last thing they won as the West thoroughly dominated the second half, 59-39.
The Nigerian Alta was consistent throughout to end up with 16 points and nine rebounds. For his game-long consistency, he was also hailed as the All-Star Game MVP.
Four other West All-Stars also finished in double-digit scoring. Talking about the winning team’s balanced attack, coach Jamike Jarin said, “The players on our team, alam naman natin what they can do so you just let them enjoy. The goal is to spread the minutes to everybody.”
He then continued, “It’s basketball and they’re all stars. They know what they should be doing.”
The West is made up of Perpetual, Arellano University, Jose Rizal University, San Beda College, and San Sebastian College-Recoletos. The East includes Intramuros-based squads Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Lyceum of the Philippines University, and Mapua Institute of Technology together with schools along Taft Avenue in College of St. Benilde and Emilio Aguinaldo College.
The big beatdown was sweet revenge for the West who fell to the East a year ago. Then, however, the West was known as the East while the East was known as the West.
Things were turned upside down this season due to a mishap with the making of the uniforms.
For the East, Jorem Morada was the lone bright spot with 13 points.
WEST 111 - Akhuetie 16, Dagangon 14, Jalalon 10, Salado 10, Tankoua 10, Calisaan 9, Grospe 7, Pontejos 7, Fabian 7, Potts 6, Sara 5, Teodoro 4, Cadavis 2, Coronel 2, Costelo 2.
EAST 77 - Morada 13, Fajarito 8, Nambatac 8, Haruna 7, Munsayac 6, Onwubere 6, Ayaay 6, Baltazar 6, Domingo 4, Estrella 3, Luib 2, Sollano 2, Biteng 2, Menina 2, Caduyac 2.
QUARTER SCORES: 35-17, 52-38, 81-55, 111-77.
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