UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help System Dalta slotman Bright Akhuetie shone as West dominated East, 111-77, last night in the NCAA All-Star Game at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Akhuetie had 16 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes to be named the All-Star MVP in the annual festivities.
West, with Arellano University guard Jiovanni Jalalon manning the backcourt, ran out of the gates and led by as much as 35 points to prevail.
“It’s All-Star. What’s amazing here is they play together and they had fun, that’s the bottomline. It’s for them, for the fans and for the NCAA,” said West coach Jamike Jarin of San Beda, which led the first round.
Akhuetie’s Altas teammate Gab Dagangon added 14 points and six rebounds, Red Lions’ Donald Tankoua had a double-double effort of 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Chiefs guard Kent Salado also had 10 points and four boards and four assists.
Jalalon, said to be the best point guard in the collegiate ranks right now, wowed Jarin with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists in 15 minutes of action for the West.
“He is a proven winner. It’s fun coaching him,” said Jarin on Jalalon.
Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Jorem Morada paced the East with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Earlier, College of Saint Benilde’s Yankie Haruna defeated San Beda’s Eugene Toba in the centerpiece Slam Dunk competition.
Atoning from his missed attempt while trying to soar over his three Blazers teammates, Haruna nailed it in the second round by dunking over mixed martial arts champion Brandon Vera to get 49 points.
Needing a good dunk in the second round to win it all after receiving 46 in the first round, Toba bungled his chance to slam over Bright Akhuetie twice and on the third try, the Nigerian blew it after receiving an alley-oop pass from Davon Potts.
“I have to work hard and hope for the best, which I got it,” said the 22-year old Haruna, who prevailed over Toba, 79-76.
It was Haruna’s second straight participation in the dunk contest, as the transferee from St. Benilde’s sister school La Salle finished second to Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Jebb Bulawan last year.
Haruna’s victory has something the Blazers’ to cheer of after a winless first round campaign.
“Finally, we have something to share for the school,” said Haruna.
Also sharing the spotlight is San Beda’s AC Soberano, who topped the Three-Point Shootout Finals with 23 points to beat San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan and Mapua’s Exe Biteng.
“Ginawa ko ang best ko, hindi ko ini-expect ito,” said Soberano, a Tarlac native who placed fifth last season. “Nag-focus lang ako sa moneyball.”
Jose Rizal University, with alum Marvin Hayes, seniors player Darius Estrella and juniors rookie Cadel Buño, ruled the first-ever Shooting Stars Event by defeating Perpetual Help’s Noy Javier, Flash Sadiwa and Gelo Razon.
Mapua’s Darell Menina, meanwhile, bested Arellano’s Kraniel Villoria to capture the Skills Challenge plum.
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.