KIEFER Ravena hit the game-winning basket with 1.3 seconds left to lift PCWorx to a 98-96 win over the Allen Iverson-coached Gawad Kalinga-Ball Up Streetball All-Stars on Wednesday night in a thrilling finish to the 'All In' basketball charity game at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The heroics of the reigning UAAP Season 77 MVP completed PCWorx’s comeback from five points down in the final minute.
PCWorx’s DeMarr Johnson tied the game with a three-pointer, 96-96, after the team coached by PBA grand slam cxoach Tim Cone found itself down, 91-96.
“We don’t want to have a memory of this game that we fooled around and lose by 50 points. We need to go out and show our talent and that’s by playing hard, play defense, and run the floor,” said Cone.
Iverson was the special guest in the exhibition game where he coached a team made up of streetball stars and retired PBA players Jerry Codinera, Ren Ren Ritualo, and Willie Miller.
The game was free-wheeling until in the second half where players turned serious after the third quarter ended at 73-73.
Johnson led PCWorx with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Ravena and Jeron Teng added 16 points each. Troy Rosario and Mac Belo had 12 and 11 points each.
PCWorx (98) – Johnson 24, K. Ravena 16, Teng 16, Rosario 12, Belo 11, Perez 7, T. Ravena 6, Adeogun 4, Mocon 2, Vosotros 0.
Gawad Kalinga (96) – Bone Collector 20, G. Smith 19, Special FX 18, The Professor 13, Mr. Afrika 13, AO 6, Air Up There 2, Codinera 2, Ritualo 2, Miller 0.
Quarters: 16-28, 44-50, 73-73, 98-96.