Letran-led East seeking second straight NCAA All-Star W

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 12, 2016 07:46 AM
Letran-led East seeking second straight NCAA All-Star W
FACE-OFF. Cagayan de Oro natives Rey Nambatac and Jiovani Jalalon will lead the East and the West, respectively, in the NCAA All-Star Game.

Games on Friday at the San Juan Arena

1:00 PM – Skills Challenge, Shooting Stars, Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest

4:00 PM – All-Star Game

Already in the middle of their title defense in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Colegio de San Juan de Letran is gearing up to keep another crown of theirs.

Lead Knight Rey Nambatac spearheads the charge for the East All-Stars as they set out to get the better of the West All-Stars once more on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

East and West collide beginning at 4:00 PM and all of the action will be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/ncaa.

Nambatac will be backed up by Letran teammates Mcjour Luib and Jom Sollano as well as 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.

Knights mentor Jeff Napa will call the shots for the East All-Stars.

Standing across from them will be the West All-Stars coached by Jamike Jarin of San Beda College. He will have by his side Red Lions Davon Potts, Dan Sara, and Donald Tankoua.

Fronting the bid to get the West All-Stars into the winner’s circle is Jiovani Jalalon of Arellano University, considered the best collegiate guard in the country today. Rounding out the team are fellow Chiefs 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; and Michael Calisaan, Ryan Costelo, and Jerick Fabian of San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

The West head into the annual midseason exhibition as slight favorites due to the absence of reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme and Mapua teammate CJ Isit as well as EAC’s Hamadou Laminou and LPU’s Harry Nzeusseu on the East lineup.

Last season, now PBA D-League standout Jonathan Grey and now PBA pointman Mark Cruz led the East to a come-from-behind victory versus the West.


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