IT was another testament to the pedigree of the UAAP.
Three cagers from the country’s premier collegiate league conspired down the stretch to lift Team Borgie to an 89-88 victory over Team Chris in the Master Game Face Basketball Challenge on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
National University’s Bobby Ray Parks Jr. hit the go-ahead breakaway layup, but it was RR Garcia of Far Eastern University who made the play possible as he stripped the ball away from Jeron Teng before finding the leaking-out Bulldogs star for the transition play.
Parks’ teammate, Emmanuel Mbe, then blocked Karim Abdul’s desperation mid-range jumper in the next possession that secured the come-from-behind win in the all-star extravaganza among the country’s top college stars.
Garcia, who finished with four steals to go along with a game-high 22 points and five rebounds, was adjudged the MVP afterwards.
Parks finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
“We just wanted to put on a show for the crowd,” Parks, the reigning UAAP MVP, said.
Chris Tiu, the losing mentor, nevertheless, was honored of coaching his team, led by Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and Kevin Ferrer.
“These guys are the future of Philippine basketball,” Tiu said.
Borgie (89) -- Garcia 22, Parks 14, Mbe 9, Tolomia 9, Dela Rosa 8, Semerad 6, Pinto 4, Paras 4, Jamon 4, Amer 3, Adeogun 2, Pascual 2, Asilum 2, Marata 0, Neypes 0
Chris 88 – Ferrer 12, Cabrera 9, Torres 8, Newsome 8, Jeron Teng 7, Pingoy 7, Ravena 6, Mariano 5, Cruz 5, Almazan 4, Tiongson 3, Perkins 3, Van Opstal 3, Jeric Teng 2, Abdul 2
Quarterscores: 21-22; 43-50; 66-70; 89-88.