Manila, August 27:Over 8,400 passionate Filipino fans witnessed the success of the second consecutive NBA Asia Challenge staged at the Araneta Coliseum in Metro Manila on Friday (August 27).
The NBA Asia Challenge, one of the most exciting basketball events in the Philippines, presented the authentic NBA in-game entertainment with an exhibition game featuring two teams of the best NBA and PBA Legends, the D-League and PBA stars, the electrify dance performances by the Miami Heat Dancers, comedy shows of Burnie, as well as different on-court games with the participations of the fans.
PBA legend Allan “The Triggerman” Caidic, who was considered to be the best PBA’s long-distance shooter of all-time, led the RED Team to beat the WHITE Team 177 to 167 with a game-high 54 points in 24 minutes. “The Triggerman” also recorded a perfect 2-point field-goal percentage (6 out of 6) and over 53% from the 3-point line.
Eight players in the RED Team scored in double digits. NBA Legends Glen Rice recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 45 minutes, and Gary Payton scored 7 points and dished out 6 assists in 24 minutes. D-League player Darnell Lazare, the second leading scorer in the team, made 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes and Chris McCray had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 32 minutes.
NBA Legend Chris Webber led the WHITE Team with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds and contributed 6 assists in 42 minutes. D-League player and former PBA-import Richie Frahm also scored 24 points in 31 minutes. All nine players in the WHITE Team scored in double-digits. NBA Legend Mitch Richmond recorded 16 points in 35 minutes while D-League player Mark Tyndale scored 22 points in 30 minutes. PBA Legend Ronnie “the Point Laureate” Magsanoc recorded a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, with the perfect field-goal percentage (8 out of 8).
Today (August 28), the NBA Legends and D-League players visited the Habitat community in Kalookan City and conducted an NBA Cares basketball clinics for over 60 kids there.