MARK Nonoy showed why he is Kai Sotto's top pick, commanding Team Hustle to a 94-86 win over Team Heart in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League Division 1 All-Star Game Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.
The Negrense guard unfurled 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and 14 in the final four minutes of the game, none bigger than his three in the last 37 seconds that put the blue side up, 89-82. The UST guard also grabbed five rebounds.
Sotto, RJ Abarrientos, and Brandon Wilson iced the game at the free throw line to give the victory for coach Chris Gavina and Alex Cabagnot.
Abarrientos shot 3-of-11 from beyond the arc to go for 13 points and eight rebounds, while late addition Tony Ynot added nine.
Sotto, possibly playing his last game in the country, wound up with six points, 10 boards, and three blocks for Team Hustle.
Jalen Green paced the Joel Cagulangan-captained Team Heart in the defeat with 19 points and 12 rebounds, as Kai Ballungay had 16 points and five boards for coach Charles You and Paolo Layug, who were also assisted by Metta World Peace.
TEAM HUSTLE 94 -- Nonoy 23, Abarrientos 13, Ynot 9, Amores 8, Sotto 6, Quiambao 6, Fortea 5, Lina 5, Wilson 5, Chiu 4, Abadiano 4, Padrigao 3, Policarpio 3, Rentoy 0, Garcia 0.
TEAM HEART 86 -- Green 19, Ballungay 16, Tamayo 11, Fornilos 9, Arches 6, Fermin 6, David 5, Pagsanjan 4, Guadana 3, Artest 2, Yerro 2, Cagulangan 2, Hernandez 1, Sabandal 0, Doria 0, Go 0.
Quarters: 18-19, 45-38, 66-61, 94-86.