Gun-shy St. Benilde sub Travis Jonson reigns supreme in NCAA three-point shootout
Sophomore playmaker Travis Jonson, who averaged 2.6 points and 0.9 assist in just 12 minutes per game in his first eight appearances for CSB this season, qualified outright for the finals where he proved too much for Philip Paniamogan. Dante Peralta 

HE is a second-string playmaker who turns gun-shy in the rare times that he is left open, choosing to send the leather to more heralded teammates at College of St. Benilde.

On Saturday, Travis Jonson not just pulled the trigger at will but also made most of them, ruling the three-point shootout in the NCAA All-Star extravaganza at The Arena.

The lefty Filipino-American guard scored 21 of a possible 30 points to comfortably qualify for the final round, where he fired 20 points, eight more than exhausted finals opponent Philip Paniamogan.

Paniamogan, the JRU gunner, had to go through a playoff with Mapua’s Exeqiel Biteng to advance to the final round.

Paniamogan and Biteng wound up tied with 19 points in the elimination round, where San Beda’s Anthony Semerad finished with just 18, Letran’s Kevin Racal 17, Arellano's Levi Hernandez 15, San Sebastian’s Jamil Ortuoste 13, and EAC's Jan Jamon 12.

Arboleda and Wilson Baltazar went cold as they compiled just four and two points, respectively.

The 23-year-old sophomore playmaker Jonson averaged 2.6 points and 0.9 assist in just 12 minutes per game in his first eight appearances for CSB this season. 

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