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    North's Japeth conspires with South foe Fajardo for All-Star highlight dunk

    Mar 31, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    CALASIAO, Pangasinan - Only in the All-Star.

    Japeth Aguilar admitted conniving with June Mar Fajardo to execute what turned out to be the highlight play of this year's PBA All-Star game on Sunday.

    Even though they belonged to opposite teams, Aguilar of the North selection, talked to the South's Fajardo about completing a slam dunk play with the help of the 6-foot-11 five-time MVP.

    The two had the conversation at halftime of the game which the North won by runaway fashion, 185-170, in the highest-scoring All-Star outing ever.

    "Habang nanonood kami ng 3x3 kinausap ko siya," said Aguilar of the play that saw him jump over Fajardo to execute a rim-rattling one-hander jam midway in the third period that brought the house down at the Calasiao Sports Complex.

    "June Mar, thank you."

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