Balanza, Saints take fight out of Heroes in NCAA All-Star
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 26, 2019 07:34 PM
(Photo by Josh Albelda)
Jerrick Balanza's winning streak continues in the NCAA 95 All-Star Game.
Battling back from 18 points down in the last eight minutes, Balanza and Team Saints got the better of very game Team Heroes for a well-earned 113-111, Tuesday at MOA Arena.
Fresh off a championship run for Colegio de San Juan de Letran, the graduating guard came up clutch for Team Saints and converted 3-of-4 charities in the final minute to complete their comeback from an 82-100 deficit at the 7:23 mark of the final frame.
Balanza wasn't on the floor, though, when Team Saints detonated their blast.
Rather, it was University of Perpetual Help's Edgar Charcos and San Sebastian College-Recoletos' RK Ilagan who were at the spearhead of the charge, with the former scoring seven and the latter scoring six points in the 21-6 run that put them ahead, 108-106.
Jio Jalalon's, the pride of Arellano University, short stab tied the tally at 108-all with under two minutes left, but it was at that point that the King Knight's aggressiveness led to four free throws, all but one he hit.
Jalalon's connection with former running mate Kent Salado yet again pulled Team Heroes within one, 110-111, with 24.2 ticks to go, but San Beda University's Clint Doliguez and Ilagan's splits from the stripe sealed the deal once and for all for their side.
In the end, Balanza had 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists en route to being recognized as All-Star Game MVP while Doliguez and Ilagan also added nine and seven markers, respectively.
Altas big man Ben Adamos topped the scoring column for Team Saints with 18 points on top of nine rebounds to help Letran remain inside the winners' circle even in the exhibition game.
Completing the lineup for the winners are College of St. Benilde's Aaron Umlas, Unique Naboa, and Justin Gutang; Letran's Rey Nambatac and Bonbon Batiller; Perpetual's Justine Alano and Edgar Charcos; San Beda's Ryusei Koga and AC Soberano; and San Sebastian's Chris Baluyot and Alvin Capobres.
For Team Heroes, Chiefs center Justine Arana showed the way with 22 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, and two assists while Jalalon and Salado merged for 17 markers, eight boards, and seven assists.
Marcelino twins Jayvee and Jaycee also made Lyceum of the Philippines University proud with the former finishing with 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists and the latter ending with 12 markers, three boards, and two dimes.
Rounding out their roster are LPU's Kevin Lacap, Sidney Onwubere, JP Maguliano, and Jethro Mendoza and JP Maguliano of Emilio Aguinaldo College, Ry Dela Rosa and Agem Miranda of Jose Rizal University, and Arvin Gamboa and Noah Lugo of Mapua University
SAINTS 113 - Adamos 18, Balanza 14, Umlas 11, Doliguez 9, Charcos 8, Ilagan 7, Nambatac 7, Batiller 6, Capobres 6, Alano 6, Naboa 5, Soberano 5, Baluyot 4, Gutang 4, Koga 3.
HEROES 111 - Arana 22, Marcelino JV. 22, Jalalon 14, Marcelino JV. 12, Gamboa 10, Maguliano 8, Miranda 7, Onwubere 5, Mendoza 5, Dela Rosa 3, Salado 3, Lugo 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 26-35, 47-62, 75-92, 113-111
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