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  1. Xavier Quits Tiong Lian

    Latest Development in the MMTLBA

    According to a reliable source, founding member Xavier School will officially take a leave of absence from the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association next week, leaving the 43-year league with just three teams under its fold - 2013 champion Hope Christian High School, Chiang Kai Shek College and St. Stephen's High School.

    This stunning development may probably result in the demise of the MMTLBA, which traditionally commences hostilities in January of each year.

    Earlier this summer, St. Jude Catholic School and Grace Christian College also filed a leave. Uno High School withdrew from the league as early as before the 2013 season.

    The controversial recruitment issue has divided the MMTLBA member teams for the past three years, resulting in the departure of Uno, St. Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College, and soon, Xavier School.

    Hope Christian High School, which along with CKSC has relied heavily on recruiting Filipino players without Chinese roots in recent years, was to be the host team next year.

    St. Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College and Uno High School has since formed a new homegrown Chinese-Filipino High School league, the Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association, along with three other teams.


    Saturday, November 16, 2013
    9:00 am CKSC vs. SSC-R (Group A)
    10:30 am SSHS vs. ADMU (Group B)
    12:00 nn JRU vs. HCHS (Group B)
    1:30 pm NU vs. XS (Group A)

    Sunday, November 17, 2013
    9:00am ADMU vs. JRU (Group B)
    10:30 am MIT vs. CKSC (Group A)
    12:00 nn SSC-R vs. NU (Group A)
    1:30 pm HCHS vs. DLSZ (Group B)
    3:00 pm SBC vs. SSHS (Group B)

    Thursday, November 21, 2013
    3:00 pm XS vs. SSC-R (Group A)
    4:30 pm DLSZ vs. SBC (Group B)
    6:00 pm NU vs. CKSC (Group A)

    Saturday, November 23, 2013
    9:00 am XS vs. MIT (Group A)
    10:30 am SBC vs. JRU (Group B)
    12:00 nn SSHS vs. DLSZ (Group B)
    1:30 pm ADMU vs. HCHS (Group B)

    Sunday, November 24, 2013
    9:00 am MIT vs. SSC-R (Group A)
    10:30 am JRU vs. SSHS (Group B)
    12:00 nn DLSZ vs. ADMU (Group B)
    1:30 pm SBC vs. HCHS (Group B)

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    9:00 am MIT vs. NU (Group A)
    10:30 am XS vs. CKSC (Group A)
    12:00 nn ADMU vs. SBC (Group B)
    3:00 pm DLSZ vs. JRU (Group B)

    Saturday, November 30, 2013
    9:00 am A1 vs. B4 (Game 1)
    10:30 am A2 vs. B3 (Game 2)
    12:00 nn A3 vs. B2 (Game 3)
    1:30 pm A4 vs. B1 (Game 4)

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013
    2:00 pm Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3
    3:30 pm Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4

    Saturday, December 7, 2013
    2:45 pm LOSER vs. LOSER
    10:30 am WINNER vs. WINNER

    Updated 11-18-2013 at 08:01 PM by Henry Liao

    Philippine Basketball

    Just like the late Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in the U.S. National Basketball Association, there is no way that Allan Caidic’s 79-point performance in the Philippine Basketball Association 22 years ago will be duplicated, let alone surpassed, in the years to come.

    With the relatively low game scores nowadays in Asia’s first professional league, it is unlikely that another prolific marksman currently toiling in the PBA is capable of eclipsing Caidic’s scoring record.

    On November 21, 1991, Caidic shot the lights out of the Araneta Coliseum by exploding for 79 points in powering Tivoli (nee Great Taste/Presto) to a 162-149 drubbing of crowd favorite Ginebra San Miguel.

    This established the all-time PBA single-game scoring mark by a homegrown Filipino player.

    When he registered the mind-boggling feat, the unassuming left-handed hotshot that Filipino cage fans fondly called “The Triggerman” for his prodigious shooting touch was only 28 years old and appearing in just his fifth PBA campaign.

    Among the locals, Paul Alvarez is the only player other than Caidic to breach the 70-point barrier. Alvarez, known as “Mr. Excitement,” chalked up 71 markers for Alaska in a 169-138 victory over Shell on April 26, 1990.

    In registering his 79-point feat, which he secured on a dozen two-point field goals, 17 three-point field goals and four free throws, Caidic also set several PBA single-game records by a local player.

    These are: Most points in one half, 53 (second half); most points in one quarter, 37 (third); most three-point shots made, 17; and most three-point attempts, 27.

    Two years earlier, Caidic also knocked in 68 markers (nine 2FGS, 15 3FGs and five FTs) for Presto in a 175-159 overtime decision over Alaska on November 2, 1989.

    Caidic, who along with Jerry Codiñera and Boycie Zamar (currently the UE head coach) helped guide the University of the East Red Warriors to their most recent University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) title in 1985, saw action with Great Taste-Presto-Tivoli, San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra in the PBA from 1987 to 1999.

    The 6-2 forward from Pasig City hit at a 19.6-point clip in 598 games during his distinguished 13-year PBA career. His career average still ranks fourth on the all-time local list behind Fil-Am Ricardo Brown (23.1 ppg), William (Bogs) Adornado (20.4) and Ernesto (Estoy) Estrada (19.7). Caidic also is one of only 13 men in PBA annals to collect at least 10,000 points, with his 11,719 scores good for 10th place on the all-time scoring ladder until now.

    Caidic won the PBA’s Rookie of the Year award with Great Taste in 1987 and earned league Most Valuable Player honors with Presto three years later.

    At 50, Caidic is currently an assistant coach with Barangay Ginebra in the PBA and served as one of Marco Januz (Juno) Sauler’s assistant coaches on the Cinderella-like De La Salle team that copped the UAAP men’s basketball crown last month.
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  4. Gameface Hardcore Players of the Year 2013

    With both of the major college seasons now done (thanks a bunch, NCAA) we come to that time of the year when declares the amateur players who shone the most throughout the hardcore hoops calendar. For this edition we will include players from the UAAP, the NCAA and the PBA D-League. Just to be clear: Although stats and wins played an important part in the selection process, there is a player or two who might not have figured in the Top 10 statistical points and player efficiency ratings but who still made it due to hardcore cred. If anything, perhaps the simplest way to put it is that the guys who made it here are the guys without who their respective teams surely would have become mere scrimmage fodder.

    UAAP ___

    Roi Sumang, 5'8" 155 pounds, Pointguard, University of the East

    Sumang played like an MVP as far back as the summer preseason leagues. When he was on the floor for UE the Warriors played like contenders. Anytime he had to sit the UE game was going nowhere. That he somehow manufactured assists with the teammates he has is a tribute to his game brilliance.

    Charles Mamie, 6'7" 260 pounds, Center, University of the East

    As good as Sumang is the real reason UE was able to be as competitive as they were in Season 76 is the powerful Sierra Leone center Mamie. He had a few 20-rebound games even against the top UAAP frontlines and he managed to still lead in player efficiency ratings even though he missed two games due to suspension. He was the rightful MVP for this season.

    Chris Newsome, 6'2" 185 pounds, Swingman, Ateneo De Manila

    Speaking of staying competitive, Newsome was the main reason erstwhile 5-Peat champion Ateneo was even in the picture throughout Season 76. Without his athletic ability and rebounds the Blue Eagles would have been given up for dead. He even managed to become a Top 10 player even while playing out of position as the team's nominal power forward.

    Ray Parks, 6'3" 200 pounds, Swingman, National University

    Parks might have had a nightmare of an ending to his Season 76 (losing to UST in the Final 4 in spite of a twice-to-beat advantage) but he still managed to finish second in overall player efficiency. He is the main reason NU was touted as a contender this season, and his return for next season assures the Bulldogs remain a top team.

    Karim Abdul, 6'5" 220 pounds, Center, University of Santo Tomas

    Take anybody else off the UST roster and the Tigers might still have found a way into the Final 4 at least. They did after all manage not to miss Jeric Fortuna too badly, as they returned to the Finals. It was the bull-strong Abdul however who provided an anchor for his team by averaging over 16 points and 12 rebounds and providing an inside presence.

    NCAA ___

    Raymund Almazan, 6'8" 225 pounds, Center, Letran College

    Almazan has come a long way from just another tall kid with barely any real skill on the Letran B Team four and a half years ago. Now he finishes his college career MVP of the NCAA and ready to move on to the pros.

    Ola Adeogun, 6'8" 235 pounds, Center, San Beda College

    Without a doubt the one and only reason the Red Lions were still touted as the dominant team of the NCAA, Adeogun was named to the Mythical 5 of Season 89 and continues to provide an unmatched presence in the lane.

    Nosa Omorogbe, 6'1" 190 pounds, Swingman, Perpetual Help University

    Last year he was just another import firing away from all angles. This year he expanded his overall game and kept his Altas ahead of the pack throughout the early goings of a long season. If he were any taller he'd be the best import in the league.

    Junric Baloria, 5'9" 160 pounds, Guard, Perpetual Help University

    When commentators and coaches alike disdain a player for being merely a scorer they seem to be missing the whole point of the game. Baloria came in firing as early as the summer preseason tournaments, and he never stopped firing. His teammate Harold Arboleda filled up entire stat sheets but it was Baloria's gunnery that allowed the Altas to really compete.

    Noube Happi, 6'6" 225 pounds, Emilio Aguinaldo College

    It is his second straight year in the Mythical 5 and his team was in the Final 4 picture all the way up to the last couple of days in the regular season. Happi provided much-needed size and insurance inside for the Generals.

    PBA D-LEAGUE ___

    Eliud Poligrates, 5'10" 165 pounds, Guard, Cagayan Rising Suns

    Disgraced in his native Cebu for allegations of impropriety relating to the game, Poligrates emerged as a star in the D League. His Rising Suns created waves in the league and he was the one primarily responsible for stirring it.
    Philippine Basketball
  5. 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.)
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