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Kiefer Ravena scores go-ahead basket as PCWorx stuns Gawad Kalinga in All In challenge

Team Gawad Kalinga, coached by Allen Iverson, during a timeout
Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

What was supposed to be a showcase of streetball skills and high-flying slams became a serious basketball competition in the end, and Kiefer Ravena delivered in the clutch anew as his PCWorx team, mainly composed of his fellow collegiate basketball stars, pulled off a 98-96 win against the American streetball superstar-laden Gawad Kalinga team in the All In basketball game at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Ravena drove hard to the basket and nailed the game-winning layup with 1.3 seconds left to complete a comeback from 12 points down early into the match.

Gawad Kalinga led, 28-16, at the end of the first quarter as Gary Smith, with his electrifying slams including one over Troy Rosario, initiated the early charge by the streetballers, coached by NBA legend Allen Iverson.

Teammate Larry Williams provided some more entertainment to the crowd as he did a streetball stunt on Jeron Teng.

Teng pulled off a streetball stunt of his own by intentionally missing his bonus free throw off a three-point play opportunity and going for a follow-up. He got fouled on the follow and split his ensuing charities.

C.J. Perez even joined the parade for the locals as he tried to posterize Williams later in the match, resulting in a foul and a made free throw.

The Tim Cone-led PCWorx squad then slowly crawled back and even tied the game, 73-all, at the end of the third.

Gawad Kalinga's Filipino reinforcement Jerry Codinera scored a long jumper to spark the team's 12-3 run at the start of the fourth to open an 85-76 edge.

But former PBA import Dermarr Johnson provided timely baskets, including a three-pointer that tied the game anew, 96-all, for PCWorx.

Ryan Williams missed a jumper on the other end, and Johnson grabbed the rebound, leading to Ravena's go-ahead layup.

Aaron Owens missed a potential game-tying jump shot at the final buzzer.

Johnson led PCWorx with 24 points and ten rebounds, while Ravena and Teng added 16 each.

Larry Williams converted 20 points, while Smith added 19 for Gawad Kalinga.

Greyson Boucher made 12 of his 14 points for Gawad Kalinga, but he struggled to showcase his trademark dribbling skills against the tough defense of Ravena, who led the UAAP in steals last season.

Former PBA stars Willie Miller and Renren Ritualo also played for Gawad Kalinga with the latter scoring two.

Box Scores:

PCWorx 98-Johnson 24, K. Ravena 16, Teng 16, Rosario 12, Belo 11, Perez 7, F. Ravena 6, Adeogun 4, Mocon 2, Vosotros 0

Gawad Kalinga 96-L. Williams 20, Smith 19, R. Williams 18, Boucher 14, Pimble 13, Owens 6, Fontanette 2, Codinera 2, Ritualo 2, Miller 0

Quarterscores: 16-28, 44-50, 73-73, 98-96