NBTC All-Stars: Ababou team scores one over Desiderio selection

Team Dedication scored a 98-89 win over Team Passion to give coach Dylan Ababou a win over coach Paul Desiderio in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC Division 2 All-Star Game presented by SM, Saturday at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Mctroi Crisostomo of Holy Trinity College-General Santos top-scored for Team Dedication with 17 points while also grabbing six rebounds.

Team Dedication, coached by Dylan Ababou, beat Paul Desiderio-mentored Team Passion in the 2019 NBTC All-Star Game
Team Dedication, coached by Dylan Ababou, beat Paul Desiderio-mentored Team Passion in the 2019 NBTC All-Star Game

“Masaya ako kasi ako at si Paul, na-share namin mga natutunan namin through the years,” said Ababou who now plays for the Pasig Grindhouse Kings in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3. “Masaya kami na nakinig naman sila.”

“Improve every day, hone your skills, listen more, keep learning, mag-aral nang mag-aral,” he went on, sharing his advice to the Division 2 standouts.

Crisostomo shot a blistering 7-for-12 from the field, including three triples. He was aggressive all-game long and spearheaded the attack for his squad.

“Masaya ako na siya coach ko kasi marami kaming natutunan sa kanila,” said Crisostomo.

Team Dedication found their rhythm in the second half where they outscored Team Passion, 48-41.

Along with Crisostomo, Top Flight Hoops-Vancouver’s Jeric Palma was superb with 15 points and six boards while Perpetual JONELTA-Laguna’s Michael Homo added 10.

Ababou’s boys leaned on a well-balanced offense to carry them to victory as eight players finished with at least seven points.

“First time ko mag-coach. Hirap pala maging coach, sakit sa ulo,” said NBTC alum Desiderio with a laugh. “Dito rin ako nanggaling. Happy ako na nakapagbigay naman ako ng advice sa kanila. Nire-remind ko sila na pareho lang kami, galing din ako sa province so work hard lang.”

Meanwhile, the Division 1 All-Star Game as well as the All-Star side events are still to come in the centerpiece weekend of the week-long tournament being aired live on ESPN5 and streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

TEAM DEDICATION 98 – Crisostomo 17, Palma 15, Homo 10, Anonuevo 9, Mramor 9, Borbe 8, Bajon 8, Cruz 7, Villanueva 6, Martin 4, Ariate 4, Gomez 0, Ines 0, Perdido 0.

TEAM PASSION 89 – Barba 18, Sanchez 16, Guiab 11, Puletua 10, Casia 8, Bravo 5, Ningasca 4, Tono 4, Laquibla 3, Quiambao 3, Picardal 3, Norombaba 2, Pondoc 2, Patrocino 0, Ramirez 0. Quarters: 22-29, 50-48, 73-68, 98-89.

Quarterscores: 22-29, 50-48, 73-68, 98-89.