THE South All-Star team survived the end game challenge of the North counterparts before pulling a 104-100 victory in the 2017 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) All-Star Games held yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.
The high school counterpart, however, was not as lucky as the North Team dealt the South squad a 104-83 bashing earlier.
The South All-Stars, which was made up of players from the top two finishers University of the Visayas Green Lancers and University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars and the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats, were quick to establish control after trailing 4-6 in the first quarter.
A 14-0 run put the South team on top 18-6 and they protected a double-digit lead until the final minutes of the third period.
After building an 80-62 lead, the North squad sprang to life behind the efforts of the the University of Cebu Webmasters squad led by Cameroonian center Frederick Elombi.
It took the North squad another eight minutes to force a serious challenge when Shaquille Imperial and Justin Dacalos dropped a quick 5-0 spurt that tied the game for only the third time at 100 all, with 2:42 left in the game.
This forced South coach Bembem Alcaraz to send back Rey Suerte and Jerome Napao for the needed baskets.
UV Liberian center Bassieru Sackor then banked a jumper for the North squad at the 1:59 mark for a 102-100 lead, then put up a tough defensive stance at the other end and plucked four offensive rebounds that led to Jaybie Mantilla’s two free throws in the final 2.4 seconds for the final count.
Suerte, who scored the game high 19 points on top of six rebounds and three assists, was named College All-Star Game MVP and heads the Mythical 5 team that also include teammate Monic Soliva, CITU’s Jamcerson Sable, SWU’s Shaquille Imperial and UC’s Elombi.
In the high school All-Star Game, Don Bosco Technology Center Greywolves’ Granald Malubay was named MVP and leads the Mythical 5 Selection that also includes James Tempra of CEC, Virlou Orquez of UC, JJ Rosete of UV and Patrick Montaño of SWU.
In the skills competition, UV’s ace gunner Tristan Albina re-confirmed his status as the league’s best shooter after keeping the 3-point King title. He scored 16 points in the final round to weather the challenge of teammates Napao, Jayvee de la Cruz of UC, Kevin Oledo of USC and Shaquille Imperial of SWU.
Miguel Gastador earned a perfect 50 for his 360 slam to win the Slam Dunk competition, which was denied him last year.
Gastador defetead his teammate from the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars who scored 43 points in the final dunk off.
Van Tindoy of USJ-R won the high school Obstacle Challege competition while Vincent Laguna of CITU proved the quickest in the college division. (RCM)