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  1. PSSBC, PCYAA Updates

    2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC)
    Venue: Chiang Kai Shek Gym

    Nov. 16 Results
    San Sebastian College 59 vs. Chiang Kai Shek College 54
    Ateneo 88 vs. St. Stephen’s High School 58
    Hope Christian High School 78 – Jose Rizal University 63
    National University 82 vs. Xavier School 81 OT

    Nov. 17 Results
    Ateneo (2-0) 72 vs. Jose Rizal University (0-2) 71
    Chiang Kai Shek College (1-1) 83 vs. Mapua Tech (0-1) 80
    San Sebastian College (2-0) 80 vs. National University (1-1) 75
    Hope Christian High School (2-0) 80 vs. De La Salle-Zobel (0-1) 74
    San Beda College (1-0) 91 vs. St. Stephen’s High School (0-2) 65

    1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA)
    Venue: Uno Gym

    Nov. 16 Results
    St. Peter Apostle Church 48 vs. Grace Christian College 46
    St. Jude Catholic School 58 vs. Makati Gospel Church New Life 36
    Uno High School 99 vs. Philippine Cultural College 63

    Nov. 17 Results
    Uno High School (2-0) 63 vs. Grace Christian College (0-2) 51
    St. Jude Catholic School (2-0) 94 vs. St. Peter Apostle Church (1-1) 41

    Nov. 20 Schedule
    Philippine Cultural College vs. Makati Gospel Church New Life (6:30 p.m.)

    Nov. 23 Schedule
    St. Jude Catholic School vs. Philippine Cultural College (1:00 p.m.)
    Uno High School vs. St. Peter Apostle Church (2:30 pm.)
    Grace Christian College vs. Makati Gospel Church New Life (4:00 p.m.)

    Nov. 24 Schedule
    Uno High School vs. Makati Gospel Church New Life (10:30 a.m.)
    St. Peter Apostle Church vs. Philippine Cultural College (1:00 p.m.)
    St. Jude Catholic School vs. Grace Christian College (2:30 p.m.)
  2. QCAA Basketball: 5 Different Winners in 5 Divisions

    Five different schools emerged triumphant in their respective divisions as the 7th Quezon City Athletic Association basketball competitions came to a conclusion last Saturday at the Royale Tivoli Gym.

    And with the exception of one, all are new winners from last season.

    Ateneo Grade School completed a 7-0 finish with a 45-40 victory over School of Saint Anthony to claim the title in the 12-and-under Elementary Boys division. Eleven Eaglets punched their names in the scoring column, led by Jan Baltazar (seven points), Dave Lero (six) and Yves Lazaro (five), the pint-sized playmaker who earned Most Valuable Player honors.

    In the 13-and-under Elementary Boys division, unblemished Jubilee Christian Academy got off to a slow start, trailing by as much as six points (18-12) late in the first eight-minute quarter, before exploding with a 10-0 blast bridging the first and second periods for a 39-27 halftime lead en route to a smashing 73-44 victory over Angelicum College

    JCA, which posted an 8-0 mark in the 2.5-month tournament, shot an amazing 63 percent from the field, mostly completed on fastbreaking, unmolested layups. The team was bannered by Barraza, who chalked up a game-high 29 points on 14-of-17 shooting and handed out five assists. Burly C. Lim came up with an 18-point, 6-rebound, 7-assist performance to snare the MVP hardware.

    Espeña topscored for the Baby Roebucks with 25 points, including 21 in the first half that was built around four triples in five attempts.

    Angelicum College exacted revenge of some sorts when its girls high school team registered a fifth consecutive championship with an effortless 68-37 rout of error-prone Community of Learners Foundation in the finals.

    It was a stroll in the park for the Lady Roebucks, who won all of their seven assignments, as they banked on the multi-dimensional brilliance of Charmaine Torres, the back-to-back MVP awardee who had 19 points, six boards, four assists and a pair of steals in 28 minutes; Winona Guallar, who knocked in 15 markers along with five reebies and three dimes; and Angelica Tajan, who contributed 14 scores and five rebounds.

    COLF, which earlier was smothered by AC, 90-28, in preliminary play, only had three players scoring. Gene Amar had 20 points and six rebounds and gangling Denise Morelos totaled 15 points, 24 rebounds and six blocks. The duo played the entire 40 minutes but combined for 23 of the team’s 38 turnovers with Amar wasting 13 offensive opportunities. Morelos, a long-haired 5-11 center, is the daughter of former professional player Mar Morelos and reportedly is headed for Ateneo in college.

    In the Boys High School Developmental division, King’s Montessori School defeated Mother of Perpetual Help School, 79-74, for the title. Jherald Aloba and Julian Bautista shared topscoring honors with 13 points apiece for KMS. Albeth Camay was limited to eight markers due to an injury but earned the MVP award for his season-long brilliance with the winners.

    St. Vincent School went 8-0 in the tournament in beating Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, 83-78, during the finals of the Boys High School Competitive division.

    After a 15-all deadlock at the end of the first 10-minute period, SVS swiftly took command and never trailed thereafter even if it had to diffuse a pair of endgame rallies by ICCS to scramble for the five-point victory.

    Five men hit double digits for St. Vincent School, whose most famous product is former De La Salle and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) veteran Junjun Cabatu. These are MVP honoree F. Antonio, 15 points and eight rebounds; Mark Panizal, 14 points, 10 boards and four assists; Rjay Perez, 14 points; Elijah Serrano, 13 markers and three assists; and John Dimson, 10 points.

    Meanwhile, the QCAA volleyball competitions in the elementary and high school divisions for boys and girls are slated late this month.
  3. HS BASKETBALL WEEKEND ROUND UP

    HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RESULTS

    7th Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA)
    Venue: Royale Tivoli Gym

    + 12-and-under Elementary Boys finals
    Ateneo Grade School (7-0) 45 vs. School of Saint Anthony (5-3) 40

    Ateneo – Jan Baltazar (7 points), Dave Lero (6), Yves Lazaro (5 points)
    SSA – Luna (12 points), Pesayco (11), Alon (9 points, 9 rebounds)
    Most Valuable Player – Lazaro, Ateneo

    + 13-and-under Elementary Boys finals
    Jubilee Christian Academy (8-0) 73 vs. Angelicum College (6-3) 44

    Jubilee – Barraza (29 points, 5 assists), C. Lim (18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists), Yulangco (13 points)

    Angelicum – Espeña (25 points, 4-of-8 3FGA), Gutierrez (6 points)

    Most Valuable Player – C. Lim, Jubilee

    + Girls High School finals
    Angelicum College (7-0) 68 vs. Community of Learners Foundation (4-3) 37

    Angelicum – Charmaine Torres (19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, back-to-back MVP), Winona Guallar (15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), Angelica Tajan (14 points, 5 rebounds), Bea Del Poso (6 points, 9 rebounds)

    COLF – Gene Amar (20 points, 6 rebounds, 13 turnovers), Denise Morelos (15 points, 24 rebounds, 6 blocks, 10 turnovers, league-leading 20.7-rebound average, 5-11 daughter of former PBA player Mar Morelos)

    Most Valuable Player – Torres, Angelicum (fifth straight title)

    + Boys High School Developmental finals
    King’s Montessori School (7-3) 79 vs. Mother of Perpetual Help School (7-3) 74

    KMS – Jherald Aloba (13 points), Julian Bautista (13 points, 5 rebounds), Darwin Aldea (9 points), John Nonato (9 points), Israel Co (8 points), Ace Viniegas (8 points) and Alberth Camay)

    MPHS – Gedrald Junio (19 points, 11 rebounds), Mark Dela Rosa (19 points, 12 rebounds), Jerico Lopez (15 points), Ralph Tero (14 points)

    Most Valuable Player – Camay, KMS

    + Boys High School Competitive finals
    St. Vincent School (8-0) 83 vs. Immaculate Conception Cathedral School (6-3) 78

    St. Vincent – F. Antonio (15 points, 8 rebounds), Mark Panizal (14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists), Rjay Perez (14 points), Elijah Serrano (13 points), John Dimson (10 points)

    ICCS – Camposano (19 points, 8 rebounds), Mingi (17 points), Alimasa (14 points, 10 rebounds), Doxi (14 points, 9 rebounds)

    Most Valuable Player, F. Antonio, St. Vincent


    2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC)
    Venue: Chiang Kai Shek Gym

    Opening Day Results (Nov. 16)
    San Sebastian College 59 vs. Chiang Kai Shek College 54
    Ateneo 88 vs. St. Stephen’s High School 58
    Hope Christian High School 78 – Jose Rizal University 63
    National University 82 vs. Xavier School 81 OT

    Games Nov. 17
    Ateneo vs. Jose Rizal University (9:00 a.m.)
    Mapua Tech vs. Chiang Kai Shek College (10:30 a.m.)
    San Sebastian College vs. National University (12 noon)
    Hope Christian High School vs. De la Salle-Zobel (1:30 p.m.)
    San beda College vs. St. Stephen’s High School (3:00 p.m.)

    1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA)
    Venue: Uno Gym

    Opening Day Results (Nov. 16)
    St. Peter Apostle Church 48 vs. Grace Christian College 46
    St. Jude Catholic School 58 vs. Makati Gospel Church New Life 36
    Uno High School 99 vs. Philippine Cultural College 63

    Games Nov. 17
    Uno High School vs. Grace Christian College (10:30 a.m.)
    St. Peter Apostle Church vs. St. Jude Catholic School (1 p.m.)
  4. CHINESE-FILIPINO HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: NEW LEAGUE TO MAKE ITS DEBUT

    A new Chinese-Filipino high school basketball league, the Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association, will unwrap its maiden season on Saturday, November 16, at the Uno Gym in Manila.

    The league is composed of six members, namely, Uno High School, St. Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College, Philippine Cultural College, Saint Peter Apostle Church and Makati Gospel Church New Life.

    Uno High School, Grace Christian College and Philippine Cultural College were the founding members of the 43-year Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association.

    Philippine Cultural College left the MMTLBA in the late 1980s due to political differences and poor officiating. Uno left the MMTLBA before the 2013 season because of recruitment issues. Grace Christian College and St. Jude Catholic School subsequently also quit the league after the 43rd season over the same issue.

    That left the MMTLBA with just four members: Reigning champion Hope Christian High School, Xavier School, Chiang Kai Shek College and St. Stephen’s High School. HCHS, Xavier School and CKSC are seeing action in the 2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship, which will also commence action on November 16, against the top juniors teams from the UAAP and NCAA.

    All the Ching Yuen games will be held at the Uno Gym on Saturdays and Sundays.

    The three games on opening day are: Grace Christian College vs. SPAS (10:30 a.m.), St. Jude Catholic School vs. MGCNL (1 p.m.) and PCC vs. Uno High School (2:30 p.m.).

    Two games are slated for Sunday, November 17. They are Uno vs. Grace Christian (10:30 a.m.) and SJCS vs. SPAS (1:00 p.m.).
  5. Philippine Cup Opens PBA 39

    This Sunday, in an unprecedented opening day move, the PBA will open with three games in three major Philippine cities.

    3 p.m. – Ginebra vs San Mig Coffee (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

    3 p.m. – Meralco vs Talk n Text (Cebu Coliseum)

    5:15 p.m. – Alaska vs Rain or Shine (USEP, Davao)

    Reigning Philippine Cup champion Talk N Text is looking to bounce back after an ignominious and stunning early exit in the recently concluded Governors Cup. They will take on sister team Meralco in Cebu. Meralco and powerhouse Petron are the only two teams without a legitimate rookie on their respective rosters.

    Crowd darling Ginebra will officially open Season 39 going against fellow SMC team and newly crowned Governors Cup champion San Mig Coffee at the Big Dome. Two more recent champions - Alaska and Rain Or Shine - will square off in Davao.

    “Three games in three different cities on opening day is in line with our season theme One PBA, One Philippines,” declared new PBA Board Chair Mon Segismundo during the season-launching media event at the Shangri-La in Makati City yesterday afternoon.

    Chot Reyes, the Gilas national team head coach who steered the Philippines back into the World Cup of Basketball and former TNT Coach, is of the opinion that the intact teams have the best chances for this conference and for the season in general. He cited TNT, Rain Or Shine and San Mig as his top choices to win it all. "Sa akin lamang pa din ang matagal ng magkakasama," Reyes explained in a separate interview. He was at the event as head of Sports 5, the outfit who will be broadcasting the games.

    Let's take a look at each PBA team:

    Air 21 Express ___

    Key players: Asi Taulava, KG Canaleta, Vic Manuel, Mac Cardona, Bon Custodio, Renren Ritualo

    Key additions: Cardona, Eric Camson

    40-year old Asi Taulava will be the anchor for this relatively young team. He will provide not only veteran leadership but a strong inside presence to take pressure off Canaleta and Manuel and allow those two to do their thing from the outside going in. Cardona finally gives them a sure scorer who can get into the seams of opposing defenses. Still, this is a team at least two good players short of contending.

    Outlook: Maybe the Quarterfinals

    Alaska Aces ___

    Key players: Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva, Cyrus Baguio, JV Casio, Tony Dela Cruz, Gabby Espinas, Dondon Hontiveros

    Key additions: Ryan Buenafe

    A veteran core who knows how to win has gained arguably the most high-IQ player in the country, and that is quite a net gain. Coach Luigi Trillo acknowledged that their picking Ateneo swingman Ryan Buenafe at Number 8 raised some eyebrows. Buenafe however is perfect for the Alaska triangle, and will have studs like Abueva, flyers like Baguio, gunners like Hontiveros, bangers like Thoss and plenty of defensive insurance behind him. Heck, he might even finally make a legit player out of 6-foot-9 enigma Sam Eman.

    Outlook: At least the Semifinals

    Barako Bull Energy ___

    Key players: Willie Miller, Dorian Pena, Ronjay Buenafe, Mick Pennisi, JC Intal, Rico Maeirhofer

    Key additions: Miller, Maeirhofer, Carlo Lastimosa

    Danny Seigle opted not to re-sign immediately with the Energy, and they were soundly pilloried by fans for trading away three first round picks for fading veterans. But in the end those veterans will sure as day contribute more right away than the rookies they could have picked out of the first round. Miller is still a two-time MVP who will be classy and professional and he reunites with Pena and Pennisi in the team where his early success began. However there is just too much bench fodder and age on this roster, even if it is quality age.

    Outlook: No way

    Barangay Ginebra ___

    Key players: Mark Caguioa, Jay Helterbrand, LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, Chris Ellis

    Key additions: Greg Slaughter, JR Reyes

    Ginebra landed the crown jewel of a deep draft with 7-foot Greg Slaughter, who should change the game just on sheer size. They now have a three-headed monster inside with Slaughter, 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar and 6-foot-7 JR Reyes. Their perimeter may be aging but it is still a quality one, with Caguioa, Tenorio and Helterbrand leading the way. If Coach Ato Agustin can get this team to jell quickly they will be contending for the championship.

    Outlook: Should make the Semifinals

    Key players: Jay Washington, Sol Mercado, Enrico Villanueva, Eric Menk

    Key additions: Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia, Justin Chua, Nico Salva, Coach Richie Ticzon

    A blend of the old and the new seems to be the thrust of team owner Mikee Romero. His team has talent ...
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