University of Perpetual Help’s Bright Akhuetie and Gabriel Dagangon came through the biggest as West destroyed the East, 111-77, on Friday, in the NCAA Season 92 All-Star Basketball Game at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan.
Akhuetie bulldozed his way to 16 points and 9 boards, while Dagangon scattered 14 points as the West strolled to the surprisingly easy victory to give a 2-1 (win-loss) edge over the East squad.
It was also a big departure to West’s tight 89-88 win over the East a year ago, with Jonathan Grey and Mark Cruz delivering the killer blows.
Akhuetie was later named the NCAA Season 92 All-Star Game MVP.
“The most important thing here is that this game is for the all the fans, for the league and all the players who made it to this special occasion”, said West coach Jamike Jarin.
Before the All-Star Game main event, College of St. Benilde’s Yankie Haruna came from behind to beat San Beda’s Eugene Toba of Nigeria to win the Slam Dunk Competition.
Haruna, a 22-year-old Fil-Am from New Jersey, had to defeat Arellano University’s Lervin Flores in the dunk off for the second and last spot in the finals, after the two wounded up with 49 points apiece after the elimination round.
Haruna completed a two-handed jam off a one-handed pass by ONE Championship heavyweight titlist Brandon Vera, and then witnessed Toba muffed his final dunk using San Beda teammate Davon Potts and Akhuetie.
Haruna then beat Toba, 79-76.
The 6-11 Toba, who will see action for the first time next year, would have won it with just a clean, completed dunk after Haruna could not complete his dunk over three players.
It was Haruna’s first dunk title after he came a dunk away from winning last year when he lost to last year’s winner Jebb Bulawan of Lyceum of the Philippines University.
In the Three-Point Shootout Competition, San Beda’s AC Soberano fired 21 points in the finals to defeat San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan with 15, and Mapua’s Exe Biteng with 11.
Jose Rizal University’s Darius Estrella, Cadell Buño, and Marvin Hayes topped the Shooting Stars Contest while Mapua’s Darell Menina triumphed in the Skills Challenge.
WEST (111) – Akhuetie 16, Dagangon 14, Jalalon 10, Salado 10, Tankoua 10, Calisaan 9, Grospe 7, Pontejos 7, Fabian 7, Potts 6, Sara 5, Teodoro 4, Cadavis 2, Coronel 2, Costelo 2.
EAST (77) – Morada 13, Fajarito 8, Nambatac 8, Haruna 7, Munsayac 6, Onwubere 6, Ayaay 6, Baltazar 6, Domingo 4, Estrella 3, Luib 2, Sollano 2, Biteng 2, Menina 2, Caduyac 2.
Quarterscores: 35-17, 52-38, 81-55, 111-77.