By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

NCAA All-Star Game today at Fil-Oil Arena

Posted on August 12, 2016

THE All-Star Game of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) happens today at the Fil-Oil Arena in San Juan City with the competing teams all set to go and win it for bragging rights.

Arellano’s Jio Jalalon will be one of the stalwarts of the East schools in today’s NCAA All-Star Game. -- Alvin S. Go
A transition event for the first and second round of the season, the All-Star Game will pit the East schools against their West counterparts. Preceding the main game are a set of side events, namely, the skills challenge, three-point shootout, shooting stars and slam dunk contest.

The East schools are composed of the league-leading San Beda Red Lions, Arellano Chiefs, Perpetual Altas, Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and San Sebastian Stags.

The side will feature San Beda’s Dan Sara, Davon Potts and Donald Tankoua; Arellano’s Jio Jalalon, Kent Salado and Julius Cadavis; Perpetual’s Bright Akhuetie, Gab Dagangon and AJ Coronel; JRU’s Tey Teodoro, Paolo Pontejos and Ervin Gorospe; and San Sebastian’s Michael Calisan, Ryan Costelo and Jerrick Fabian.

Making up the West schools are the defending champions Letran Knights, Mapua Cardinals, Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, Lyceum Pirates and College of St. Benilde Blazers.

Players suiting up for the team are the Knights’ Rey Nambatac, McJour Luib and Jom Sollano; the Cardinals’ Darell Menina, Andoy Estrella and Exi Biteng; the Pirates’ Ian Alban, Wilson Baltazar and MJ Ayaay; the Generals’ Sidney Onwubere, Francis Munsayac and Remy Morada; and the Blazers’ Yankie Haruna, Christian Fajarito and JJ Domingo.

In last year’s All-Star Game, the West edged out the East, 89-88, in a stunning comeback in the closing minutes of the game. Jonathan Grey of St. Benilde was named game most valuable player.

Meanwhile at the halfway point of NCAA Season 92 seniors basketball, San Beda continues to lead with an 8-1 record and was on the road to a first-round sweep until JRU upset it on the final playdate of the opening round on Tuesday, 79-73.

Arellano and Perpertual Help are joint second with identical 7-2 cards. Both are also on a roll, winning their last five and four games, respectively.

Mapua is third-running at 6-3 while Letran is middling at 5-4.

The rest of standings has JRU and Lyceum tied at sixth with a 4-5 record, EAC at 3-6, San Sebastian at 1-8 and CSB (0-9) the lone winless team.