Latest Stories

Best of collegiate basketball provides summer fireworks

Team Borgie edges Team Chris in first Master Game Face All-Star Game

PLAYERS from Team Borgie before the game. PHOTO BY JC MONTERO

On June 8 at the FilOil Flying V Arena, the best of collegiate basketball took the floor at the first ever Master Game Face All-Star Basketball Challenge.

Drawing from a talent pool that includes nine NCAA teams and eight UAAP teams, the Master Game Face All-Star Challenge was perhaps the most talent-laden collegiate basketball game this summer.

The game saw UAAP and NCAA players play on the same team, and Green Archer Jeron Teng, Blue Eagle Kiefer Ravena and UST Tiger Kevin Ferrer play alongside each other on Team Chris.

But it would be Team Borgie that prevailed, edging Team Chris 89-88.


Bannered by two-time UAAP MVP and NU player Ray Ray Parks, Team Borgie went on a late run with Parks scoring six of his side’s last 11 points.

“It’s basketball, it’s competitive. We really wanted to win. It’s a good thing we stepped up,” said Parks in the post-game interview.

Having been behind for most of the game, Team Borgie rallied back in the second half with a stellar performance by RR Garcia. In the decisive seconds of the fourth quarter, Garcia stole the ball from reigning Rookie of the Year Jeron Teng, and found Parks for a lay-up.

BEST buds off court, Baser Amer and Kiefer Ravena. PHOTO BY JC MONTERO

With seconds ticking off the game clock, Ravena inbounded to Teng, who kicked the ball out to Karim Abdul for a midrange jumper.

But at the end, it would be Mbe who saved the game for Team Borgie as he emphatically blocked Abdul, sealing the come-from-behind win for his squad.

For more than five weeks, fans voted for their favorite collegiate players through Master’s Facebook Page to form the All-Star teams divided by the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup’s pools.

Former San Beda Lion and NLEX Road Warrior Borgie Hermida coached Group A, while former Ateneo Blue Eagle and current Rain or Shine Elasto Painter Chris Tiu coached Group B.

TEAM Borgie with their winnings. PHOTO BY JC MONTERO

After more than 5,000 votes were cast, Team Chris had a starting lineup of Ravena (Admu), Juami Tiongson (Admu), Teng (DLSU), Aljon Mariano (UST) and Abdul (UST).

Team Borgie started with San Beda players Baser Amer, Ola Adeogun and Rome de la Rosa, who were joined by Parks and UP’s Andrei Paras.

“It was my first time to coach, and I’m glad we won,” said Hermida, who has won several titles with the San Beda Red Lions.


“Coaching all these superstars is a joy and a great honor,” said Tiu.

At game’s end, Ravena garnered the most Twitter votes to win the Greenwich Favorite ng Barkada Award, while Garcia got MVP honors for scoring a game-high 22 points.

The first ever Master Game Face All-Star Basketball Challenge was also highlighted by a half-time performance by singer-songwriter Bamboo.

The scores:

Team Borgie 89—Garcia 22, Parks 14, Mbe 9, Tolomia 9, De la Rosa 8, Semerad D. 6, Pinto 4, Paras 4, Jamon 4, Amer 3, Adeogun 2, Pascual 2, Asilum 2, Marata 0, Neypes 0

Team Chris 88—Ferrer 12, Cabrera 9, Torres 8, Newsome 8, Teng 7, Pingoy 7, Ravena 6, Mariano 5, Cruz M. 5, Almazan 4, Tiongson 3, Perkins 3, Van Opstal 3, Teng 2, Abdul 2, Cruz J. 2, Sumang 2, Montalbo 0

Quarters: 21-22, 43-50, 66-70, 89-88

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2bu , collegiate basketball , FilOil Flying V Arena , Master Game Face All Star Basketball Challenge , NCAA , UAAP

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  3. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  4. No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  5. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  6. The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  7. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  8. Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  9. What has happened to Barrio Fiesta and Singing Cooks & Waiters?
  10. Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  4. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  5. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  7. This is not just a farm
  8. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  9. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  10. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer


  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • [VIDEO] No assurances on Janet Lim-Napoles’ bid to become state witness
  • South Sudan president fires long-time army leader
  • 25 cops ordered relieved over links to drugs
  • Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao can dodge tax issues
  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
  • Big Chill freezes Cafe France to arrest skid
  • Pacquiao has to go through PBA Rookie draft
  • Guiao summoned by PBA for name-calling incident
  • Lifestyle

  • Gongs and southern dances star in a workshop at San Francisco Bayanihan Center
  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • Metro Pacific acquires stake in Victorias
  • How ‘one percent’ economic elite was uncovered
  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Technology

  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  • Fil-Am youth conferences unite under one theme
  • Embassy advisory: Filipinos still need visas to enter US
  • No travel restriction to Mideast, DFA clarifies
  • PH-HK relations repaired, but families of victims still being courted