Red Lions reserve Arnaud Noah makes mark in NCAA with victory in All-Star dunk contest
San Beda Team B member and late replacement Arnaud Noah of Nigeria rises above the field. Dante Peralta

IT seems Ola Adeogun is making his presence felt with his absence.

The San Beda star slotman had earlier aired his qualms on social media about the absence of foreigners in the maiden NCAA All-Star game on Saturday.

But Adeogun, one of the most notable snubs, still gained the chance to take part in the midseason extravaganza after being named as a participant in the dunk contest.

The Nigerian big man still didn’t participate on Saturday, and Red Lions Team B member Arnaud Noah took over and stamped his mark.  

“Ayaw lang niya sumali,” Lions team manager Jude Roque said of Adeogun, who was benched in the Lions’ 53-64 loss to Letran last Wednesday for missing practice for three days.

But Adeogun has learned his lesson as he has since returned to training, only to miss the dunk contest.

“We informed the mancom na hindi na lang kami sasali,” Roque said. “Wala rin ibang pwede sa Team A. But the league insisted para lang may representative kami, kahit sa Team B kumuha.”

That prompted the Lions to pick Noah, a Cameroonian slotman who will be eligible to play in 2016.

“Late ko na nasabihan,” Roque said. “Ayun, nanalo pa.”

Noah topped the elimination round with a score of 52, tying San Sebastian’s CJ Perez, to advance to the final round, where the Cameroonian beat the Stags star, who botched his two attempts.

Noah was one of three dunk contest replacements, along with Arellano’s Zach Nicholls, who filled in for Keith Agovida, and Perpetual Help’s Kervin Lucente, who took over Ric Gallardo.

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