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Saints pull off comeback win over Heroes in NCAA season 95 All-Star game

by Niel Victor Masoy, November 26, 2019 7:47pm

Team Saints woke up in the fourth quarter and pulled off a come-from-behind 113-111 win over Team Heroes on Tuesday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) season 95 All-Star game at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Down by 18 points at the 7:26 mark of the fourth quarter, the Saints, led by Edgar Charcos, Jayvee Marcelino, RK Ilagan, and Clint Doliguez unleashed a mammoth 26-6 run capped by a Doliguez basket to grab a 108-106 lead with 2:04 left in regulation.

Former Arellano University star in 'The Bus Driver' Jio Jalalon tied the count at 108-apiece as he scored on a layup at the 1:18 mark. 

Balanza would then hit three of his four free throws for a 111-108 Heroes lead with 28.8 seconds remaining.

'The Conductor' Kent Salado trimmed that lead down to a point, 111-110, as he had an inside incursion off a Jalalon pass, remiscent of their backcourt connection back in the day. 

Doliguez then split his charities to reinstate a 112-110 Saints buffer, but Salado once again pulled the Heroes within a point, 112-11, making one of his two free throws at the 11.5-second mark.

Ilagan also split his free throws off an intentional foul for a 113-111 Saints lead with still 8.9 ticks to go.

Salado had a chance to win it for the Heroes but he missed his three-point shot as the Saints completed its comeback bid.
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"Ano lang siguro, nagi-enjoy lang yung mga bata," said Saints deputy coach Rensy Bajar. 

"Last four minutes medyo nagising (yung mga bata), enjoying at the same time gusto ring manalo," added Bajar, who's also an assistant coach at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines
Photo by Jamie Velasco/ Courtside Philippines 


Ben Adamos led the Saints with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Jerrick Balanza notched 14 markers, four caroms, and two assists.

Aaron Umlas - a former De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde Blazer - cashed in 11 points and two assists in the exhbition match as the Saints beat the Heroes for the third straight year.

Justine Arana paced the Heroes with 22 points on an efficient 11-of-16 shooting from the field, while also tallying seven rebounds, four blocks, and two assists. 

Jayvee Marcelino also unloaded 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, on top of five rebounds, and four assists, while Jalalon did a little bit of everything in his return in the NCAA with 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and three steals for the Heroes, who led by as much as 23 points in the game.

The scores:

Saints 113 - Adamos 18, Balanza 14, Umlas 11, Doliguez 9, Charcos 8, Ilagan 7, Nambatac 7, Batiller 6, Capobres 6, Alano 6, Naboa 5, Soberano 5, Baluyot 4, Gutang 4, Koga 3.

Heroes 111 - Arana 22, Marcelino JV. 22, Jalalon 14, Marcelino JV. 12, Gamboa 10, Maguliano 8, Miranda 7, Onwubere 5, Mendoza 5, Dela Rosa 3, Salado 3, Lugo 0.

Quarterscores: 26-35, 47-62, 75-92, 113-111.

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