THE Saints All-Stars proved to be deadlier in the endgame after outlasting the Heroes selection, 84-80, in the fourth annual NCAA All-Star Game at the Filoil Flying V Center on Friday.
Bitter rivals during the season, the San Beda - Letran tandem worked wonders for the Saints as players from both schools scored 13 of the final 15 points in the endgame for coach Boyet Fernandez.
Robert Bolick made a three pointer from the corner with 1:49 left in the game to give the Saints the lead for good, 82-80.
The Heroes then had several attempts to tie the game or even take the lead but Kent Salado, CJ Perez and Francis Munsayac missed their chances.
Prince Eze, who would later be named as the All Star Game MVP, drained two free throws to finish off the game for the Saints.
Eze became the second straight foreign player to win the MVP after his former Perpetual teammate Bright Akhuetie won it for the West All Stars last year.
The Nigerian center finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks to prove that he's indeed one of the most dominant players in the league today.
"At least nagenjoy lahat ng players ko. We did try to balance the playing time for everyone so that theyll be given a chance to play. At least sa dulo, close game, we made some stops," said Fernandez who won his second All Star game as a coach after winning it for the East team in the 2014 edition.
"Eze played really well. Iba talaga si Prince pag walang kapalitan. Nagblossom talaga si Prince. I salute him for being the MVP," he added.
Perpetual's Gab Dagangon complemented his teammate well as he finished with 14 points, including some eye-popping acrobatic lay-ups in the third period.
Letran's Rey Nambatac added 12 as Bolick and Bong Quinto finished with seven apiece.
Lyceum's CJ Perez led the way for the Heroes with 15 points and four steals as EAC's Jerome Garcia and Arellano's Kent Salado added nine and eight, respectively.
SAINTS 84 – Eze 17, Dagangon 14, Nambatac 12, Bolick 7, Quinto 6, Baetiong 6, Mocon 5, Valdez 5, Potts 4, Calvo 3, Domingo 3, Dixon 1, Baytan 0, Castor 0, Ylagan 0
HEROES 80 – Perez 15, Garcia 9, Salado 8, Victoria 7, Flores 6, Mendoza 6, Teodoro 5, Munsayac 5, Grospe 4, Enriquez 4, Bunag 4, Nzeusseu 3, Raflores 3, Onwubere 1, Ayaay 0
QUARTERSCORES: 23-18, 45-41, 66-64, 84-80