Team Saints banked on the superb presence of Perpetual Help’s Prince Eze and the sweet shooting of San Beda’s Robert Bolick to beat Team Heroes, 84-80, in the NCAA all-star game at Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday.
The 6-foot-9 Eze barreled his way to 17 points and 14 rebounds while Bolick made a 3-pointer down the stretch to salvage the win for the Saints, which is made up of schools with Saint-based names — Perpetual Help, Letran, San Sebastian, San Beda and St. Benilde.
Eze was named all-star MVP, duplicating the feat of fellow Nigerian and former teammate Bright Akhuetie last year.
Before the All-Star festivities, the NCAA also conducted a free basketball clinic for street kids in Quiapo as part of the league’s “NCAA Cares” program.
Earlier, Arellano University’s Lervin Flores dunked over three people including actor Empoy Marquez in his final attempt to take home the slam-dunk crown.
Mapua’s JP Nieles bested St. Benilde’s Unique Naboa in the finals to top the skills challenge, becoming the second Cardinal to win the same event after former teammate Shane Menina.
Almel Orquina made it a twin celebration for Mapua as he beat Perpetual Help’s Jack Hao to reign supreme in the 3-point shootout.
Perpetual Help’s Gerald Dizon sank a halfcourt shot to tow teammates GJ Ylagan and Jielo Razon to the shooting stars title over Arellano U’s Zach Nicholls, Donald Gumaru and Kobe Camacho.
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