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Melecio's dagger trey lifts Punks over Hype in Slam Rising Stars

Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDALUYONG--A clutch triple from Aljun Melecio was all Punks needed to repulse Hype, 103-98, in the 2016 Slam Rising Stars Classic at the Gatorade Hoops Center on Sunday night.

The La Salle commit fired the dagger trey with 44 seconds left as Punks staved off a late push by Hype in the endgame of the annual high school all-star game by Slam Magazine.

The Punks were actually in a good position of winning the game sooner as they held a 98-91 lead with 1:45 remaining.

But a split from Tyler Tio and a three-point play by late replacement Mike Enriquez pushed Hype to within three, 98-95, with 56 seconds on the clock.

Melecio then fired the huge bucket from downtown to bring Punks up by six, 101-95, as Hype struggled in the most needed of times.

Tio, fouled by Ricci Rivero while making a triple, only made one of three free throws, while Enriquez missed a layup off a steal that sealed the fate of both teams.

Juan Gomez De LiaƱo tallied 16 points, while Evan Nelle added 15 for Punks, which offset a 23-point outburst from Hype's John Lloyd Clemente.

Enriquez, who replaced the injured Jolo Mendoza, chipped in ten markers for Hype.

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