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Vice Ganda scores six points, impresses PBA stars in charity game for ‘Yolanda’ relief

Photo courtesy of Vhong Navarro's Instagram account

Photo courtesy of Vhong Navarro’s Instagram account

Vice Ganda may have once been a muse in the PBA, but his skills on the basketball court go beyond parading around the court in high heels.

In a charity basketball game to raise funds for survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” on Monday night, Vice Ganda scored six of his team’s first 11 points before having to leave for a shooting.

The comedian, who was an active volleyball player in the past, showed that he knows a thing or two about hoops too, to delight of the crowd at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Even PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio was impressed.

“Nagulat nga ako eh. Akala ko volleyball ang laro, pero magaling pala siya and athletic,” PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio told InterAKTV in an exclusive interview. “Siguro nung kabataan niya marami siyang sports na nasubukan. Tsaka matangkad kasi, mga around 5-foot-10, so mayroon siyang idea about the game. Tsaka may form. I was really surprised.”

But Vice was also game to provide comic relief during the event, as he hugged teammates and opponents — sometimes a little too long — after good plays.

“He was awesome,” said Air 21 center Asi Taulava, who found himself defending Vice Ganda during one post-up situation. “He was too fast for us.”

LA Tenorio, one of the key organizers of the event, said that Vice insisted to be part of the lineup despite a busy schedule.

“Si Vice, alam ko may show pa siya, dumaan lang talaga siya. Malaking bagay talaga na pumunta siya. Marunong yan. Tsaka talagang siya yung nagpapa-lineup,” said Tenorio.

“Nagulat ako sa nilaro niya. Hindi natin siya kilala for playing basketball dahil volleyball laro niyan. Dapat nga may volleyball pa ito, siya dapat mag-o-organize kaso wala na siyang time.”

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