CALASIAO, Pangasinan (UPDATED) -- Javee Mocon nailed a buzzer-beater to help the Rookies/Sophomores selection survive the loaded Juniors side, composed mostly of former Gilas cadets, 141-140, in the 2019 PBA All-Star Weekend at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan Friday.
Mocon scored 18 points, including the game-winning putback shot at the buzzer, while CJ Perez contributed 32 points to lead the newcomers' team under the tutelage of Rain or Shine’s Chris Gavina.
Down by a point, 139-140, Jason Perkins had the chance to close the game after getting fouled by Jio Jalalon in the three-point area but failed to convert all of the three free throws.
Perez, who was named the MVP of the match, missed a potential game-winning basket but Mocon was on other side to clean up the mess just in time for the final buzzer.
The game was also highlighted by 34 three-pointers and 10 slam dunks which will be translated into 34 wheelchairs from one of the All-Star game's sponsors. Perez had six treys and two dunks for eight wheelchairs to donate.
Mocon completed a three-point play with less than 2 minutes left in the match to equalize the game at 136. However, the juniors team held on for the lead until the final minute with Kevin Ferrer scoring underneath, 140-139.
Joining Perez and Mocon were Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, Rey Nambatac, Robbie Herndon, Mark Tallo, Abu Tratter, Paul Desiderio, Trevis Jackson, Javee Mocon, and Robert Bolick.
Meanwhile, Rashawn McCarthy, one of the 2 non-Gilas cadets, led the Juniors with 24 points while Roger Pogoy had 20 productions. Jio Jalalon registered 14 points and 12 dimes but gave a crucial foul in the last seconds of the game.
The Gilas cadets established a 10-point advantage downstretch of the third period after McCarthy hit a three, 112-102. However, their opponents slowly returned to the game and eventually stole the victory, much to the delight of the crowd in Pangasinan.
Ten of 12 cagers under coach Topex Robinson were once part of the Gilas training pool including Matthew Wright, Pogoy, Mac Belo, Jalalon, Ferrer, Ed Daquioag, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Russel Escoto, and Carl Bryan Cruz. Ael Banal was also included in the lineup.
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