San Beda’s Noah is NCAA’s King of Slam
MANILA (1st UPDATE) -- San Beda's Arnaud Noah of Cameroon emerged as the slam dunk king and St. Benilde's Fil-Am Travis Jonson the 3-point shootout winner in the first All-Star Game in the 90-year history of the NCAA, at The Arena in San Juan City on Saturday.
The East team of San Beda, Arellano University, Perpetual Help, Jose Rizal and San Sebastian edged the West squad of College of St. Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo, Lyceum, Mapua and Letran, 104-97, in the All-Star Game.
Perpetual Help's Jian Salazar won the Ms. NCAA 2014 beauty contest, beating Mapua's Katrina Racelis and Lyceum's Mharyel Tapia, who ended up first and second runners-up, respectively.
Salazar also bagged the Ms. Photogenic plum, Letran's Ma. Carmela Benedicto the Ms. Congeniality, and Tapia the Ms. Bodfit.
Noah, a 6' 3" member of the Lions' second team who took over from Nigerian Ola Adeogun's spot, bested San Sebastian's CJ Perez in the finals with a 51 points against the latter's 46.
In the 3-point shootout, Jonson outgunned Jose Rizal's Philip Paniamogan in the finals, 21-12, to become the first 3-point king.
It was a successful All-Star Game for the NCAA which gathered the best in the league, and also raised funds for Hospicio de San Jose, for its athletes representing the country in international competition, and its personnel needing financial assistance.
Some orphans of Hospicio de San Jose also got to watch the All-Star at ringside alongside some VIPs including Globalport team owner Mikee Romero, former collegiate and PBA slam dunk champion Rey Guevarra, and former PBA and MBA star Johnadel Cardel.
"It was an All-Star Game to remember for the NCAA and everything generated here will go to charity," said Management Committee chair Paul Supan of Season 90 host Jose Rizal.
Noah's highlight dunk came in the elimination when he dunked over a fellow Cameroonian to the delight of the crowd.
Jonson was in video arcade mode as he drained 21 in the elimination and another 21 in the finals. Paniamogan had to beat Mapua's Exeqiel Biteng in the 15-ball shootout before getting overwhelmed in the finals.
"I was just feeling the rhythm with every shot," said Jonson.
EAST 104 -- A. Dela Cruz 12, Baloria 11, Pinto 10, Teodoro 9, Caperal 9, Thompson 8, Perez 8, Guinto 8, J. Dela Cruz 7, Arboleda 6, Paniamogan 6, Ciriacruz 4, Mabulac 4, Pascual 2.
WEST 97 -- Cantos 18, Tayongtong 14, Romero 12, Gabayni 10, Cruz 8, Saitanan 8, Arquero 7, Taha 7, Bartolo 6, Jamon 5, Zamora 2, Estrella 0, Nambatac 0, Racal 0.
Quarterscores: 22-22, 45-45, 76-71, 104-97.