Jimmy Alapag added another milestone in his already storied career in the Philippine Basketball Association.
The Talk ‘N Text point guard became just the seventh player in league history to make his 10th PBA All-Star appearance.
Alapag, the reigning Most Valuable Player, was chosen in the Veterans squad as the PBA releases the final roster for the annual extravaganza to be held in Laoag City from May 10 to 13.
The peppery playmaker thus joined the elite group composed of Alvin Patrimonio (12 All-Star appearances), Jerry Codinera (11), Dondon Hontiveros (11), Asi Taulava (11), Vergel Meneses (10) and Dindo Pumaren (10) that all played in the All-Star Game at least 10 times.
The veterans, to be coached by Tropang Texters head coach Chot Reyes, will battle the Rookies-Sophomores-Juniors squad of coach Bo Perasol of Powerade.
Voted as starters for the Veterans squad were B-MEG’s James Yap, Marc Pingris and JC Intal, Barangay Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa and Arwind Santos of Petron Blaze.
Aside from Alapag, chosen as reserves for the Veterans team were his teammate Kelly Williams, Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine, Alex Cabagnot of Petron, Gary David of the Tigers and Alaska’s LA Tenorio and Sonny Thoss.
The RSJ starters were JVee Casio and Marcio Lassiter of Powerade, Chris Lutz of the Boosters, Josh Urbiztondo of the Llamados and Ginebra forward Dylan Ababou.
Reserves for the RSJ five were Talk ‘N Text’s high-leaping forward Japeth Aguilar, the Aces’ Mac Baracael, Mark Barroca of B-MEG, Boosters center Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Chris Ross of Meralco and Kings forward Rico Maierhofer.
Barako Bull and Air 21 have no representatives in the All-Star Game.
The last time the league had this format was in 2001 when the Veterans defeated the RSJ team, 112-105, at the Araneta Coliseum with Danny Ildefonso named the game’s MVP.
Last year, the game was held in Boracay with North prevailing over South, 133-129 and Pingris was honored as the MVP.