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  1. 8th QCAA WRAP-UP: SHAN A Big Winner

    Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches was a big winner in the 8th Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA) basketball competitions, romping away with two of the five divisional championships at stake during the tournament’s final playdate last Sunday November 16 at the Saint Claire School Gym.

    The Bruins first topped the 13 years-and-under Boys Elementary Division with a 78-68 victory over the 2013 titlist Jubilee Christian Academy.

    Gabriel Paolo Salazar knocked in three triples and scored 24 points for and pint-sized playmaker Jon Lex contributed 20 markers, grabbed nine rebounds and three assists for SHAN to earn Most Valuable Player honors. Two other Bruins registered a double double with Andre Rafael Tuazon collecting 11 points and 10 rebounds and Francisco Mark Clarino getting 10 markers and 11 reebies.

    JCA was bannered by veterans Kyle Barraza and Janaro Bautista, who tallied 18 and 14 points, respectively. Barraza, the team’s No. 1 scorer in the tournament, also plucked down five boards but was limited to 22 minutes after being abruptly substituted on three occasions due to cramps.

    SHAN also snared the Boys High School Competitive diadem for the second time in three seasons with a pulsating 81-80 triumph over Mother of Perpetual Help School. The Bruins of head coach Mario Ballesteros were ahead for much of the game before MPHS forced an 80-80 deadlock with 21.1 seconds left. Digio split his pair of free throws 15 seconds later to give SHAN back the lead, 81-80. MPHS had a golden opportunity to steal the nerve-wracking contest but Debbie Arabis muffed a pair of charity shots with 2.4 ticks left.

    Heady backcourter Earl Salazar chalked up 31 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in 38 minutes for SHAN to grab the MVP award. Robert De Guzman, who along with Salazar kept the Bruins afloat with a 10-0 run after MPHS mounted a huge rally late in the third period to momentarily seize a 49-48 lead, added 24 scores and seven boards.

    Like its younger (13-and-under) counterparts, SHAN took the title with an unbeaten record.

    Big man Gerald Junio nearly registered a triple-double with MPHS with 23 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks. Three of his teammates also scored in twin digits – William Prudente, 22 points; Arabis, 15 (and 11 rebounds); and Lopez, 12.
    Meanwhile, Angelicum College won its sixth consecutive championship in the Girls High School Division with an easy 82-51 victory over Jubilee Christian Academy.

    JCA scored the game’s first twinner before the unblemished Lady Roebucks put up 18 unanswered points to leave their opponents behind for good.

    Baby Charmaine Torres, a graduating YS-11 student, was voted the tournament’s MVP for the third year in a row with 25 points and 10 rebounds for Angelicum. Joanna Lucia Ecaldre, also a senior, fouled out with 23 scores in 20 minutes; Eunice Torrente totaled 11 points; and Del Poso had nine markers and a game-high 22 boards for the leady troops of veteran head mentor Eli Chua.

    JCA got 23 points and seven rebounds from Mythical Five selection Julisha Yulangco; 15 points and six reebies from Sandra Villacruz; and four points and 14 rebounds from Kimberly Ong.

    In the 12 years-and-under Boys Elementary Division, Kings Montessori School defeated Ateneo de Manila Team B, 65-41.

    The KMS Vikings were led by MVP Gabrielle Dan Gamboa’s 17 points and four steals, Yuan Jerico Camay’s 16 points, and Lance Andrei Bracino’s 13 scores.

    Luis Anthony Torralba scored 13 points and Kevin Riley Herrera collected 10 points and 19 rebounds in a losing effort for the Blue Eaglets.
    In the Boys High School Developmental Division, International Christian School completed an unbeaten campaign with an 82-56 rout of Saint Claire School.

    ICS jumped to a 42-25 halftime advantage and never looked back as six players scored in double figures in a balanced offense. Eugene Cabauatan, 16 points; Lhudwig Antipuesto, 13; Lloyd Danric Roxas, 13; Jerico Cortez, 12; Evan Delos Reyes, 10; and Mohammad Salik, 10.

    Saint Claire was powered by frontliner Mark Gabriel Zapata, who tallied 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds; and Big Fella Jopet Soriano, who also posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 reebies along with four blocks. Joquin Antonio Bravo was the only other Saint Claire player with a twin-figure score at 11.
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  2. All Set for 8th QCAA Basketball Finals

    All roads lead to the Saint Claire High School Gym along West Avenue for the 8th Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA) basketball finals on Sunday, November 16.

    The championship hardware is at stake in each of the five divisions of the 2.5-month basketball competitions supported by Goody Hair Accessories, Stik O, Chris Sports and Chef Classic Utensils.

    The quintupleheader begins at 9:00 a.m. with the 12 years-and-under boys’ elementary finals encounter between King’s Montessori School and Ateneo B. A year ago, Ateneo Grade School snared the title against School of Saint Anthony.

    In the Boys’ High School Developmental finals at 10:30 a.m, Saint Claire will tangle with International Christian School. The winner succeeds King’s Montessori School.

    At high noon, defending champion Jubilee Christian Academy and Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches will clash for the 13 years-and-under boys’ elementary crown. JCA crushed Angelicum College, 73-44, in last year’s titular showdown.

    For the Girls High School finals at 1:30 p.m., Angelicum College seeks to capture its sixth consecutive championship when it takes on Jubilee Christian Academy. The Lady Roebucks shellacked the Community of Learners Foundation, 68-37, in the finals a year ago.

    The main game of the quintuple finals bill at 3:00 p.m features Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches and Mother of Perpetual Help School for the Boys High School Competitive title. Last year’s champion was Saint Vincent School.
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    MASA ADVISORY - Due to conflict of schedules of some schools, all scheduled games for Saturday, November 15, at the Philadelphia High School Gym have been moved to November 22, also at the same venue. The Sunday November 16 games at the PHS Gym remain as scheduled.
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  4. Caidic Remembered

    Slim and none are the chances of anyone to duplicate, let alone surpass, “The Triggerman” Allan Caidic’s 79-point feat in the Philippine Basketball Association 23 years ago.

    With the relatively low-scoring games nowadays in Asia’s first professional league, it is extremely unlikely that another prolific marksman currently seeing action in the PBA is capable of shattering Caidic’s scoring record.

    On November 21, 1991, Caidic shut the lights out of the Araneta Coliseum by chalking up 79 points for Tivoli (formerly Great taste/Presto) in a 162-149 shellacking of crowd favorite Ginebra San Miguel.

    The astonishing offensive wizardry established the all-time PBA single-game scoring record by a homegrown Filipino player.

    The unassuming left-handed hotshot that Filipino hoop fans fondly monickered “The Triggerman” for his prodigious shooting touch registered the mind-boggling feat in only his fifth PBA campaign at age 28.

    Among the locals, Paul (Bong) Alvarez was the only player other than Caidic to breach the 70-point barrier. Known as “Mr. Excitement,” Alvarez knocked in 71 markers for Alaska in a 169-138 win over Shell on April 26, 1990.

    Caidic connected on a dozen two-point field goals, 17 three-point field goals and four free throws in his 79-point feast to set several other all-time 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 before, Caidic also tallied 68 points (nine 2FGS, 15 3FGs and five FTs) for Presto in a 175-159 overtime victory over Alaska on November 2, 1989.

    Caidic, who together with Jerry Codinera , Boycie Zamar and Godofredo Lim (the father of teen heartthrob and actor Xian Lim) helped guide the University of the East Red Warriors to their most recent University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) championship in 1985, performed with Great Taste/Presto/Tivoli, San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra in the PBA.

    During his distinguished 13-year PBA life from 1987 to 1999, the 6-2 forward from Pasig City hit at a 19.6-point clip in 598 games.

    Caidic’s career scoring average still ranks fourth on the all-time local list behind Filipino-American Ricardo Brown (23.1 ppg), William (Bogs) Adornado (20.4) and Ernesto (Estoy) Estrada (19.7).

    Caidic is one of only 13 men in PBA history to collect at least 10,000 points, with his 11,719 scores good for 10th place on the all-time scoring ladder until now.

    With 1,242 three-pointers, Caidic is the league’s all-time leader in that department, outdistancing retired Ronald (Ronnie) Magsanoc (1,171) and Talk ‘N Text’s Jimmy Alapag (1,161 entering the 2014-15 season).

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

    The 51-year-old Caidic is currently an assistant coach with Barangay Ginebra in the PBA and moonlights as one of Marco Januz (Juno) Sauler’s assistant coaches with the De La Salle Green Archers.
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    Four 100-point performances by a homegrown athlete in Philippine basketball history surprisingly have yet to be authenticated or documented by Wikipedia in its worldwide “List of basketball players who have scored 100 points in a single game.”

    Significantly, three of those performances were registered in a high-profile collegiate league in Cebu City. Moreover, two of them were accomplished by one player by the name of Julian A. Macoy, whom I met and engaged in a conversation in a recent trip to Sugbu.

    Macoy knocked in 101 points as a freshman with the Colegio de San Carlos (now known as the University of San Carlos) in a 1957 game against Cebu Normal School in the Cebu Collegiate Athletic Association (the precursor of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.).

    One year later, Macoy torched the Cebu trade School for 126 markers in just 28 minutes of a CCAA contest, making him the only homegrown Filipino ever to record a pair of 100-point performances in PH basketball annals.

    A big-sized plaque with a replica of Macoy’s No. 6 Warriors jersey hangs along the corridors of the University of San Carlos gymnasium.
    Macoy was a teammate of the late national team player Rogelio (Tembong) Melencio with the Yutivo Opels in the old semi-professional league, Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA), after his school years.

    Macoy later found employment in the United States and stayed there for 11 years before returning to Cebu in 2005 to become the CESAFI deputy commissioner. He quit the post in 2012 to take the head coaching job with the USC Warriors in the CESAFI basketball competitions.

    Macoy was replaced by former pro Junthy Valenzuela as USC bench boss this past CESAFI season but remains a Warriors consultant until now.

    The only other Cebuano to surpass the 100-point barrier is Felix Duhig of Cebu Institute of Technology.

    Duhig tallied 112 points in a CCAA game against the Cebu School of Arts and Trades (now known as the Cebu Technological University) in 1990.
    In that contest, Duhig also registered 30 three-pointers for the all-time single-game record in PH collegiate history.

    Duhig subsequently saw action with Crispa in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and was selected by Alaska in the second round of the 1993 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft.

    Despite his offensive prowess, Duhig failed to make it to Asia’s first professional circuit.

    The fourth 100-point Filipino marksman is Cesar A. Dumlao, a government official during the martial law regime of authoritarian ruler Ferdinand E. Marcos.

    The diminutive Dumlao undoubtedly owned an excellent shooting touch (meaning: he can put the rock into the hoops consistently with his set shot). However, most hoop fans took lightly the government league that he played in between the 1970s and early 1980s.

    How can anyone take Dumlao’s feats seriously when the opposition often left him unguarded (out of respect for the position he held in the government) during the games and the league even had a novel four-point rule?

    With a four-point rule that was – and still is – not endorsed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the games in the Government Commercial Athletic Association (GCAA) could hardly be deemed “official” in nature.

    For whatever its worth, the then-50 years old-or-more Dumlao once scored 148 points for the National Irrigation Authority in the GCAA, an inter-government department competition that also featured teams from the National Grains Association, Masagana 99 and Maisagana 77.

    Still, let us give Dumlao some credit. Outside of him, I have yet to encounter another 50-year-old local who could light up the scoreboard for that many points.

    Hoisting the rock a hundred times in a 40-minute game – official or unofficial – is already hard enough and real tiresome. And to make them with a 50 percent accuracy is simply phenomenal.

    My five cents’ advice, though: Don’t try it even at your own gym. It could be hazardous to your health.
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