PBA ALL-STAR: Japeth dunks on everyone as North beats South
Paul Lintag on Mar 31, 2019 09:20 PM
Japeth Aguilar was the star of the show in the actual game as Ginebra’s 6’9” beanpole was a running dunk machine. Japeth’s best slam was when he jumped over five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo for a vicious one-hand flush. (PBA)
CALASIAO, Pangasinan — The North continues its dominance in this particular PBA All-Star Game format.
Using a sizzling hot start, the North All-Stars crushed their South counterparts Sunday here, scoring a convincing 185-170 win in the 2019 PBA All-Star Game.
The lopsided score didn’t reflect how the game was entertaining, with the All-Stars coming through with dunks, long triples, and more dunks.
Japeth Aguilar was the star of the show in the actual game as Ginebra’s 6’9” beanpole was a running dunk machine. Japeth’s best slam was when he jumped over five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo for a vicious one-hand flush.
Aguilar scored 32 points on 16/22 shooting to share the MVP award with Arwind Santos. The San Miguel forward finishhed with 34 points and 17 rebounds.
Also having a big night for the North All-Stars was Paul Lee who connected on a record nine triples for 27 points.
For the South team, 3-point king PJ Simon led the way with 34 points and June Mar Fajardo added 26.
North led by as many as 27 points right in the opening period, 48-21. The South actually came back in the third, cutting the deficit to two, before Japeth and Arwind led another charge for the North All-Stars.
The 2019 PBA All-Star Game set a number of records, including the highest scoring game ever and most three-pointers made in an All-Star Game with 45.
With the win, North also extended its all-time head-to-head record against South to nine wins agaisnt four losses.
“Maliban sa gusto namin mapa-saya yung mga taga Pangasinan, gusto rin naming maraming mai-donate,” All-Star Game co-MVP Arwind Santos said, referring to the wheelchair stipulation introduced to this year’s event with every triple and dunk meaning one wheelchair donated to charity.
The wheelchairs will be from Double V Productions and will be donated to Alagang PBA. The North and the South All-Stars combined for 82 wheelchairs.
“Kasi bawat dunk may isang wheelchair, napaka-laking bagay sa amin yun. Kaya binigay namin yung best namin para dumami yung dunks,” Santos added.
North 185 - Santos 34, Aguilar 32, Lee 27, Cabagnot 18, Lassiter 12, Tenorio 11, Abueva 11, Rosario 10, Pringle 9, Banchero 7, Norwood 5, Paras 4, Perkins 3, Magsanoc 2, Castro 0, Caguioa 0.
South 170 - Simon 34, Fajardo 26, Romeo 19, Barroca 18, Jalalon 15, Erram 14, Pogoy 12, Ross 10, Slaughter 8, Belo 6, Patrimonio 4, Amer 2, Yap 2, Thompson 0, Codinera 0, Taulava 0.
Quarterscores: 51-25, 89-75, 137-122, 185-170
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