COMEDIAN Jose Manalo brought the house down in the Fastbreak 2 charity game on Saturday that ended in a tie at 71-71 at the Blue Eagle Gym.
Junior standout Thirdy Ravena scored on an alley-oop dunk that gave the Blue team a 71-69 lead, before Bobby Ray Parks’ slam drew the score even at the end of the match organized by Ateneo star player Kiefer Ravena for the benefit of families affected by super-typhoon Yolanda.
But it was Manalo who provided entertainment and drew the most laughs from the crowd inside the Ateneo campus with his antics during the game.
The Eat Bulaga! mainstay entered the match in the second quarter and readily made his presence felt, at one point even acting as the referee by pulling out a whistle from underneath his socks while playing.
Near the end of the game, Manalo was also carried off the floor by It’s Showtime hosts Vhong Navarro and Billy Crawford feigning an injury, only to fool the crowd when he got up immediately.
But the beneficiaries of the charity game emerged as the biggest winners of the cagefest, in particular the town of Concepcion in Iloilo where all ticket proceeds will go following the devastation brought about by the super-typhoon to the province.
Ravena, who traces his roots to Iloilo, said the ticket proceeds will definitely come a long way since bringing aid to Concepcion town is going to be a tough task.
“Thank you for your support, from the players to the celebrities. I thanked all of you who came,” said the elder Ravena in his short speech in between the third and fourth quarter.
Among the notable personalities who took time to play were actors Gerald Anderson, Cesar Montano, Xian Lim, Derek Ramsey, Luis Alandy, Young JV, Rocco Nacino, and the Gilas cadet and Ateneo teammates of Ravena.
The game was delayed when Gilas cadet player Matt Ganuelas broke the rim following a two-handed slam with just over a minute gone by in the first quarter.