Updated: Mar 9
The PBA has this thing of pitting the present with the future every time they see fit. In 1995, the class of Jun Limpot and Johnny Abarrientos, the class of Noli Locsin, Rey Evangelista, and Boybits Victoria, and the class of Dennis Espino, Kenneth Duremdes, and Jeffrey Cariaso were pitted against the rest of the league.
The Veterans prevailed over the Rookies, Sophomores, and Juniors but only to the tune of 112 to 107. Vergel Meneses captured the first of his four All-Star MVP awards in the game by scoring 26 points in the win. And aside from the newbies, the Veterans also had their share of first-timers in Glenn Capacio and Bonel Balingit.
The all-star game had a dubious record as it was the first event to feature ten players that would average less than ten points after the season. Perennial all-star Jojo Lastimosa is an all-star snub despite appearing in 74 games and averaging almost 17 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists for the Milkmen. The same can be said with Victor Pablo and Bong Alvarez who were traded for each other in the middle of the season. Gerry Esplana also missed a spot despite registering a career-high scoring average of 13.8 points as well as 5.8 assists per game.