Javee Mocon’s tip-in at the buzzer pushed the Rookies/Sophomores to a thrilling 141-140 win over the Juniors in the PBA All-Star Weekend on Friday at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.
The Rain or Shine rookie was able to clean up a missed jumper by CJ Perez, who swooped in for an offensive rebound after Jason Perkins muffed three crucial free throws in the final three seconds.
Mocon finished wiht 18 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Rookies/Sophomores, who trailed by as much as 10 midway through the payoff period.
Perez, meanwhile, showed out in front of a hometown crowd and tallied a game-high 32 points on his way to being named the side event’s Most Valuable Player. His team will be taking home an P80,000 cash prize.
The Columbian Dyip rookie drilled a corner three off an extra swing by rookie batchmate Robert Bolick to momentarily give the Rookies/Sophomores a 139-138 lead with 1:18 to go in the game, but they conceded a reverse lay-in from Kevin Ferrer on the other end to trail by one in the final minute.
A wild scramble for the ball ensued in the final seconds before the rock ended up in the hands of Perkins, who was fouled by Jio Jalalon from the three-point line to set up the nail-biting finish.