NCAA: Mark Mallari wins Skills Challenge for lowly JRU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 31, 2018 02:44 PM
NCAA: Mark Mallari wins Skills Challenge for lowly JRU
Mark Mallari will be taking home a much-welcome trophy to JRU

Jose Rizal University hasn’t had many reasons to celebrate in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

In the All-Star Game, however, they got a much-welcome win.

Mark Mallari kept cool and collected and bested both Clint Doliguez and Jasper Cuevas to come away with the trophy in the Skills Challenge on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Of course, Mallari dedicated his win in the side event to all of the Heavy Bombers who had been trudging through a 2-8 first round. “Sabi nina coach Vergel [Meneses] at (athletic director) sir Paul [Supan], kahit ito lang yung makuha ko, i-champion ko para sa team,” he told reporters afterward.

That, he did, tallying the second-best time in the elimination round before pouncing on Doliguez’s error in the semifinals.

Then in the Finals, Mallari had a clean run just as Cuevas stumbled in the chest pass drill.

In the end, the JRU rookie said he has all his teammates to thank. “Tinulungan po ako nina Jed [Mendoza], Bords [Bordon], at [RJ] David kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa kanya,” he said.

Other participants in the event were Cuevas (University of Perpetual Help), Doliguez (San Beda University), Eric Jabel (Mapua University), Bonbon Batiller (Colegio de San Juan de Letran), CJ Cadua (Emilio Aguinaldo College), Arjan Dela Cruz (San Sebastian College-Recoletos), Nino Ibanez (Lycuem of the Philippines University), Jimboy Pasturan (College of St. Benilde), and Maui Sera Josef (Arellano University).

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