PBA-ALL STAR: Last-second Mocon putback wins it for Rookies-Sophomores

Paul Lintag on Mar 29, 2019 08:58 PM
Last-second Mocon putback wins it for Rookies-Sophomores
Javee Mocon comes up clutch as the Rookies and Sophomores escape the Juniors in a thriller. (PBA)

CALASIAO, Pangasinan — There were plenty of points to go around in the 2019 PBA All-Star Rookies-Sophomores vs. Juniors game here Friday.

The Rookies-Sophomores ended up escaping the Juniors, scoring a thrilling 141-140 win.

Up one, Jio Jalalon somehow fouled Jason Perkins with about three seconds to go after a wild scramble for the ball.

Perkins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, was set to shoot three free throws.

Normally cool under pressure for Phoenix, Perkins ended up missing all three free throws, setting up an even more dramatic finish.

The Rookies-Sophomores still managed to fight for the ball, with CJ Perez taking a contested jumper. He missed as well but the ball bounce off of Javee Mocon’s hands and the Rain or Shine rookie was able to connect for a last-second putback.

After review, it was good to go.

“Si Perkins siguro kinabaha, he missed three free throws. Credit to CJ Perez, he got the rebound,” Mocon said.

“Nandun lang ako, tinip ko lang. Hindi ko na alam mangyayari, ayun na-shoot naman,” he added.

The Rookies and Sophomores had a strong start, firing 40 points right in the opening period.

However, the Juniors, made up of the Gilas cadets core, would soon take over and would carry a good lead until the last second of the game.

Columbian’s no. 1 pick CJ Perez scored 32 points to lead all scorers and win MVP honors. Jeron Teng added 19 while Mocon was good for 18 points.

For the Juniors, Rashawn McCarthy was the high man with 24 folloed by RR Pogoy with 20 points.

Double V Productions, the league’s organizing partner for the 2019 PBA All-Star Games, pledged one wheelchair to Alagang PBA for every dunk and three-point shot made in the RSJ game.

The Rookies, Sophomores, and Juniors were able to generate 44 wheelchairs.


The scores:

Rookies-Sophomores (141) - Perez 32, Teng 19, Mocon 18, Herndon 16, Desiderio 11, Perkins 9, Bolick 9, Tallo 7, Nambatac 7, Jackson 6, Tratter 4, Jose 3.

Juniors (140) - McCarthy 24, Pogoy 20, Tolomia 15, Jalalon 14, Daquioag 13, Escoto 13, Belo 12, Wright 12, Ferrer 6, Banal 5, Pessumal 4, Cruz 2.

Quarters: 40-29, 73-76, 106-112, 141-140.


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