Enjoying the PBA All-Star Coverage

The best dunk in the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest. 

He was able to bridge gaps and he was able bring people together.

That is Mico Halili for you... and in some ways Jason Webb.


When Dondon Hontiveros joined Mico and Jason in the commentating panel for the Hala Bola 2011 PBA All-Star Weekend (Skills Contest), they did something... cool. First up... their All-Star weekend versions are funny and insane! The way they insulted Dominic Uy, made Willie Miller sound like Richard Del Rosario, and frequently calling the BMEG Derby Ace players BMEG Derby Eggs is just superb.

Chot Reyes’ chest hairs?

Hmmm... not so much.

If you can’t watch the All-Star because of the non-existing defense and the winning side that really doesn’t matter, you have to love the All-Stat because of their hilarious commentating.

Second up, they made Dondon Hontiveros plead TV model and host Valerie Concepcion to come to Boracay. How in the blue hell did they bait the Cebuano Hotshot to channel an Inday Badiday Eye to Eye visitor just baffles me.

What happened next?

Just like a heartbeat, Valerie flew to Boracay to be with Dondon!

The All-Star coverage instantly became a romantic victory as they gave a loving couple a chance to be with another despite Valerie logging a bunch of frequent flyer miles and Mico and Jason kidding Dondon throughout the game.   

They also did the same to Ginebra’s JC Intal but that didn’t seem to work.

When at the tail end of the match it was evident that both sides want to one-up the either. And just like the players and the coaches, Jason and Mico dialled down the humor in lieu of their impeccable play-by-play. In the end, the North All-Stars notched their second straight win over the South All-Stars to the tune of 133-129. Marc Pingris was the All-Star MVP after finishing the match with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block.

Hopefully we get to see more game coverage like this. Straight-up commentating can’t really cut the primetime dominance held by the soap operas.

Maybe adding flavour to their telecasts can make heads turn to their direction?

Game over.


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