Mocon scores winner as Rooks, Sophs team up to beat Juniors in PBA "NXTGEN" clash

Mocon scores winner as Rooks, Sophs team up to beat Juniors in PBA "NXTGEN" clash

Javee Mocon jumped over Mac Belo for the game-winning putback. PBA Media Group

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Javee Mocon scored the game-winning basket as the Rookie-Sophomore selection edged the Juniors, 141-140, in the PBA All-Star NXTGEN Challenge at the Calasiao Sports Complex on Friday night.

Mocon scored on a tip-in just as time expired as the group consisting of the first and second year stars stole the win from the third-year squad, which is essentially composed of the previous Gilas Cadets.

Mocon's basket actually saved CJ Perez's cause as the latter's chance to win it for the Rookie-Sophomores rimmed out.

Mocon, however, soared over Mac Belo for the tip-in.

Perez, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the game, finished with 32 points, while Mocon had 18.

Rashawn McCarthy made 24 markers for the Juniors.

The scores:

PBA Rookies-Sophomores 141 – Perez 32, Teng 19, Mocon 18, Herndon 16, Desiderio 11, Perkins 9, Bolick 9, Tallo 7, Nambatac 7, Jackson 6, Tratter 4, Jose 3.

PBA Juniors 140 – McCarthy 24, Pogoy 20, Tolomia 15, Jalalon 14, Daquioag 13, Escoto 13, Belo 12, Wright 12, Ferrer 6, Banal 5, Pessumal 4, Cruz 2.

Quarters: 40-29; 73-76; 106-112; 141-140.

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