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  1. 1st PCYAA Basketball Aspirants Division: SJCS NIPS MGC0NLCA, SHARES LEAD

    Team Standings
    Saint Jude Catholic School (2-0), Pace Academy (2-0), Philippine Cultural College (2-0), Makati Gospel-Church-New Life Christian Academy (1-1), Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy (1-1), Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-2), Uno High School (0-2) and Grace Christian College (0-2)

    Host Saint Jude Catholic School rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to edge Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy, 69-68, Thursday night in a thrilling Aspirant Division contest in the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball tournament at the Uno High School Gym.

    With the victory, the Judenites grabbed a share of the leadership with Philippine Cultural College and Pace Academy with identical 2-0 records. St. Jude and Philippine Cultural will clash on Saturday, January 18.

    John Angping chalked up eight points in the second quarter as MGC-NLCA scored the period’s final eight points of the second quarter, including a triple by Michael Go, to zoom to a 34-22 advantage at halftime. Go had three of his game-high five three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.

    MGC-NLCA grabbed its biggest lead, 46-32, following a basket by Tristan Lao before St. Jude came roaring back with a 10-run, built around Jao Filipino’s twin baskets and a trifecta each from Patrick Go and Calvin Uy, to come within four, 46-42.

    Back-to-back threes by Filipino and Go sent the game to its first deadlock, 48-all, since the early minutes of the opening quarter. After another tie at 50-all on an exchange of fielders by Angping and Bentley Tia, St. Jude sustained its comeback with a 7-3 run, the last twinner coming on a long two by Patrick Go, to grab a 57-53 edge at the end of the third quarter.

    During the third quarter, the Judenites outscored MGC-NLCA, 35-19, spiked by six triples – three by Uy, two by Patrick Go and one by Filipino. Calvin Uy, who was scoreless in the first half, produced 13 points, Filipino totaled nine, and Patrick Go had eight, including a pair of triples, during the period.

    The fourth quarter was characterized by eight lead changes. MGC-NLCA opened the payoff period with a 5-0 run (a three by Michael Go and a fielder by Lao) to regain the upperhand, 58-57.

    An exchange of treys by Calvin Uy and Michael Go and MGC-NLCA was still on the driver’s seat, 61-60.

    Following the game’s final deadlock at 62-62, the two teams continued to exchange leads. St. Jude was up, 65-62, when a putback by Robin Si and a twinner by Angping gave the lead back to MGC-NLCA, 66-65, at the 3-minute mark.

    John Zhuang knocked in a floater with 2 and 37 left as the Judenites went up, 67-66. After misses by both squads, MGC-NLCA again regained the lead, 68-67, on a putback by (No. 7) Uy, time down to 48 seconds.

    Tia subsequently made a short jumper, 69-68, with 34.7 ticks left for what turned out to be the game-winning shot by St. Jude.

    (No. 7) Uy misfired on an acrobatic attempt with 21 seconds remaining but MGC-NLCA quickly regained the offensive following a Tia miscue, time down to 18.9 seconds.

    But Lao drove the baseline and found no teammate to accept his pass under the basket for a turnover with around five ticks left. MGC-NLCA was forced to foul quickly twice but was unable to stop the game clock and send the opposition to the foul line as it was not yet in penalty situation.

    Filipino finished with 22 points (including two triples) for St. Jude, followed by 16 (all in the second half) from Calvin Uy, 12 (including two triples) from Patrick Go, and 11 from Tia.

    MGC-NLCA, which now owns a 1-1 card, had four men in double digit scores – Angping, 16 points; Michael Go, 15 (on five triples); Lao, 13; and Robin Si, 12.
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  2. 100-Point Men: Duhig's Feat Recalled

    To recap, there have been seven 100 points-or-more feats by a Filipino basketball player.

    Luis (Lou) Salvador’s 116 points for the Philippines in the gold-medal game against China during the 1923 Far Eastern Games in Osaka, Japan, Jeron Teng’s 104 for Xavier School against Grace Christian College in a 2011 Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association high-school contest against Grace Christian College, and Clark Quijano’s 120 for AMA Computer University in a 7th Mariano Bondoc Cup high school competition against Lord’s Grace Christian School last October all were documented in Wikipedia’s “List of basketball players who have scored 100 points in a single game.”

    However, four other 100-point games by a Filipino baller s have yet to be documented by Wikipedia for unspecified reasons. It’s possible no one has come forward to authenticate these games.

    Three of those games were registered in a Cebu collegiate league.

    Julian A. Macoy chalked up 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.).

    A year later, Macoy torched the Cebu Trade School for 126 scores in just 28 minutes in a CCAA contest, making him the only Filipino ever to record a pair of 100-point performances in Philippine basketball history.

    Another Cebu collegiate player also surpassed the 100-point barrier.

    Felix Duhig of Cebu Institute of Technology collected 112 points in a CCAA match against Cebu School of Arts and Trades (now known as Cebu Technological University) in 1990.

    In that game, Duhig registered 30 three-pointers for the all-time single-game record in PH college annals.

    Duhig later played in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) for Crispa and was picked 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 league.

    The fourth 100-point Filipino scorer is Cesar A. Dumlao, a government official during the martial law era under Ferdinand Marcos.

    Dumlao, indeed, owned a nice shooting touch (meaning: he can put the rock into the hoops consistently with his set shot). However, most took lightly the government league that he played in between the 1970s and early 1980s.

    How can anyone take the pint-sized Dumlao’s feats seriously when the opposition often left him unguarded (out of respect for the post he held in 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 could hardly be deemed “official.”

    Moreover, the GCAA games were played at his own gym – the Dumlao Gym.

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

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

    Hoisting the rock a hundred times during a 40-minute game – official or unofficial – is already hard enough and real tiresome. And making them at a 50 percent rate is simply phenomenal.

    Don’t try it at your own gym. It could be hazardous to you health.
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    January 21 (Sun) Results
    MGC-New Life Christian Academy 78 – Saint Peter the Apostle School 46
    Philippine Cultural College 58 – Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy 55
    Pace Academy 107 – Uno High School 46
    Saint Jude Catholic School 75 – Grace Christian College 48

    Philippine Cultural College scored a come-from-behind 58-55 victory over Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy Sunday afternoon to stay unbeaten in the Aspirants Open Division of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym in Manila.

    The Seagulls, now 2-0, trailed 48-42 with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter but detonated a 9-0 bomb in a span of 2.5 minutes to move ahead for good, 51-48. It was part of a 16-7 finishing kick.

    After Icure-JCA’s hardworking star Carlo Lim scored on a fielder to trim the deficit to one point, 51-50, Jcharles Uy connected on a triple and Lian Dy split his two free throws as PCC grabbed a 55-50 lead, time down to 2:19.

    Dalton Yulangco missed a pair of freebies and Lim split a pair from the foul line as Icure-JCA was still down by four points, 55-51, at the 1:54 mark.

    After Seagull John Santos made 1-for-2 from the charity stripes to restore PCC’s five-point lead, Lim and Kyle Barraza each canned a pair of free throws to move Icure-JCA within one, 56-55.

    Dy, however, came up with the game-clinching points on a twisting jumper with 29.3 ticks left for a 58-55 PCC lead. Lim subsequently misfired on a three-point attempt with 7.8 seconds remaining as Icure-JCA fell to its first loss in two assignments.

    Uy and Dy produced 16 and 10 points, respectively, for the Seagulls. Icure-JCA was bannered by Lim, who knocked in a game-best 30 markers, and Barraza, who totaled 10.

    In other games, Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy opened its campaign with a 78-46 shellacking of winless Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-2), Pace Academy tied Philippine Cultural College for the leadership with an easy 107-46 thumping of winless Uno High School for its second triumph in two days, and host Saint Jude Catholic School debuted with a 75-48 decision over Grace Christian College, which went down to its second loss in as many appearances.

    Aaron Sy chalked up 15 points for MGC-NLCA and Elijah Sy and Dominic Ronquillo had 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for SPAS.

    Pace Academy led Uno from start to finish, enjoying a 56-23 halftime lead that was enough to defeat the Uneans after just 20 minutes. The Pacers produced four double-digit scorers in Jeff Lugay (33 points), Tyrone Tan (19 and three triples), goggles-wearing big boy Getson Lim (16) and Pol Antiporda (15).

    Matthew Vistan, who had four treys, and Jeremy Wu each tallied 12 points to lead Uno. Warren Tan contributed 10 points and Hans Chen scored nine for the Uneans.

    St. Jude Catholic School raced to a 9-0 start and never trailed throughout in its 27-point win over Grace Christian College. The Judenites were up, 42-14, at halftime and 56-32 after three quarters.

    If it is any consolation, GCC outscored the Judenites, 34-33, in the second half.

    Calvin Uy and Jao Filipino scored 19 and 14 points, respectively, for SJCS. The leading scorers for GCC are Sebastian Choi (17) and Seth Sim (14).
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    For the record, there have been seven 100 points-or-more performances by a Filipino basketball player.

    However, only three found its way to Wikipedia’s “List of basketball players who have scored 100 points in a single game” around the world.

    Those officially documented were the following:

    1. Luis (Lou) Salvador’s 116 points in the Philippines’ gold medal-winning game against China during the 1923 Far Eastern Games in Osaka, Japan, said to be the harbinger of the Asian Games yet featured only three countries – Japan, China and the Philippines – at the time.

    Note that the 30-second shot clock was not yet in existence and neither was the three-point shot.

    A product of Jose Rizal College, the prolific and well-conditioned Salvador unbelievably made most of his shots from midcourt during his historic game against the Chinese, the highest output ever for an official international tournament (as distinguished from a local/foreign league competition).

    According to the Leyte-born Salvador, he had practiced with a medicine ball daily for a whole year at the YMCA compound before registering the mind-boggling 116-point feat.

    Salvador said that he used to throw the medicine ball continuously to accustom himself. And when the time came for him to make the attempt with the actual ball, everything was easy.

    Salvador also was a movie/stage producer and was known to local showbusiness as the “Master Showman” and father to a dozen actors and actresses. Legend has it that he sired 58 children during his earthly existence. He lived with 25 wives and had 14 of them under one roof at one time. Among his children were Leroy Salvador, Alona Alegre, Phillip (Ipe) Salvador and future Philippine Basketball Association professional Roberto (Jumbo) Salvador.

    2. Jeron Teng’s 104 points during Xavier School’s 164-74 blasting of Grace Christian College in a Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) high school game on January 5, 2011.

    Then a 16-year-old, HS junior, Teng completed his second year of varsity eligibility with the De La Salle Green Archers with title finishes in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) and Finals MVP honors in both tournaments.

    3. Clark Quijano’s 120 points during AMA Computer University’s 166-85 shellacking of Lord’s Grace Christian School in a 7th Mariano Bondoc Cup high school tournament on October 20, 2013.

    Quijano now owns the individual record for the most points in a high school game in Philippine basketball history.

    The other four 100-point feats by a Filipino baller, including three from a Cebu collegiate league, have yet to be documented by Wikipedia for some reasons.
  5. 1st PCYAA Basketball Aspirants Division: PCC, Pace, Icure-JCA Opening Day Winners

    1st PCYAA Basketball Tournament
    Aspirants Open Division

    January 11 (Sat) Results
    Philippine Cultural College 98 – Uno High School 8
    Pace Academy 83 – Grace Christian College 73
    Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy 80 – Saint Peter the Apostle School 35

    1st PCYAA Basketball Aspirants Division: PCC, Pace, Icure-JCA Opening Day Winners

    By Henry L. Liao

    The Aspirants Open Division of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball tournament got underway last January 11 with Philippine Cultural College, Pace Academy and Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy registering convincing victories at the Uno High School Gym in Manila.

    In the opener of the inaugural-day tripleheader, PCC whitewashed Uno, 98-8, getting 13 points each from Jharles Uy (including three triples) and Lian Dy, 12 from Michael Manansala, 11 from John Santos, nine from Rafael Pangilinan and eight from Angelo Tan.

    PCC scored the game’s first 68 points (including a 57-0 halftime lead) while holding the Uneans scoreless for the first 25 minutes and 35 seconds of the mismatch.

    Little Steven Tai ended Uno’s horrendous offensive drought with a fielder with 4:25 left in the third quarter, which ended at 78-5 in PCC’s favor. Only four players scored for UHS – Warren Tan with three points, Cai and Sean Tan with two apiece and Wu with one.

    Pace Academy defeated Grace Christian College, 83-73, after breaking away from a 48-all standoff midway through the third quarter with an 18-4 run built around Pol Antiporda’s seven points and Getson Lim’s five to go ahead, 66-52, for good with nine minutes remaining in the payoff period.

    Grace Christian College got off to a quick start, enjoying an 8-1 advantage before the Pacers rattled off 16 consecutive markers to take the upperhand, 17-8. Pace took the half, 40-36, behind the combined 32-point effort of Lim (19) and Jeffe Lugay (13).

    The hardworking Lim wound up with a tournament-high 39 points for the Pacers, who also got three triples and 22 scores from Lugay and nine from Antiporda.

    Marcus Lu spearheaded GCC’s offense with 19 points, followed by Sebastian Choi, 18, Seth Sim, 14, and Martin Ong, nine.

    In the mainer, Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy toyed with Saint Peter the Apostle School from start to finish en route to an easy 80-35 victory.

    Energetic Carlo Lim scored the game’s first five points to hand Icure-JCA a 5-0 start. Following a basket by SPAS’s Dominic Ronquillo, Icure exploded for 16 straight points to go ahead, 21-2, at the end of the first 10-minute quarter.

    Behind Lim’s 13 points, Icure was up by 25, 36-11, at halftime, then engineered another 14-0 bomb bridging the second and third quarters, including eight by Kyle Barraza, to enjoy an insurmountable 50-11 advantage.

    Melvin Cawaling knocked in a pair of twinners as Icure went up, 62-15, before a trifecta by the Peterians’ John Chu cemented a 62-18 Icure lead after three quarters.

    Lim finished with 15 points for Icure-JCA, which also produced two other double-digit scorers in Jericho Albania and Barraza, who tallied 11 points each. Cawiling added five for the winners.

    SPAS was led by Ronquillo, who made 11 points, and Elijah Sy, who contributed nine, including a pair of treys in the fourth quarter.
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