Japeth Aguilar’s above-the-rim antics highlighted North’s dominance over South, 185-170, and the highest-scoring PBA All-Star Game ever on Sunday at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.
The high-flying beanpole tallied 32 points behind a flurry of dunks to lead his side to a one-sided victory in front of a frenzied home crowd.
Aguilar even showed off his hops during the third quarter, where he flushed down a slam after jumping over South’s June Mar Fajardo.
He was later named the co-Most Valuable Player alongside Arwind Santos, who finished with 34 points, 17 rebounds and six assists off the bench.
This game became the highest-scoring contest ever in the yearly showpiece, surpassing the 176-point output set by the Veterans in a lopsided win over the Rookies/Sophomores back in 2012.
North stormed to a 51-25 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, but they did allow South to climb back from as much as 27 down in the third period as a Mark Barroca triple made it just a two-point game, 90-92.
That was the last time South came close to threatening, though, as a 13-2 blast restored order for a North side that cruised until the final buzzer.
Three-point champ PJ Simon led South with 34 points on 15-for-25 shooting form the field. Fajardo, meanwhile, scattered 26 points and 13 boards.
Paul Lee was impressive for North, too, as he knocked down nine threes on his way to scoring 27 points. LA Tenorio also had a triple-double by recording 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists.
Thanks to a fast-paced, high-scoring clash that saw both teams produce 45 three-pointers and 38 dunks, a total of 83 wheelchairs will be donated to the Alagang PBA Foundation by Double V Production, who pledged to donate a set amount for every trey and dunk made in the showpiece.