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  1. Favored Teams Teetering

    Before the season-starting PBA Philippine Cup began everybody and his brother expected crowd darling Barangay Ginebra and powerhouse Petron Blaze to dispute the most prestigious of the PBA's three titles.

    Petron after all was coming off a Finals run (although they did lose to San Mig Coffee), while sister team Ginebra had put together an imposing frontline by drafting 7-0 Greg Slaughter to pair with 6-9 stud athlete Japeth Aguilar.

    On paper both team looked very strong. Talented 6-foot-10 behemoth June Mar Fajardo anchored the Blaze Boosters, with MVP Arwind Santos, and dynamic Fil-Am duo Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter providing plenty of hustle and firepower. They also brought aboard 6-foot-7 young turk Yousef Taha, and traded for athletic pointguard Chris Ross. They struggled without Fajardo in the early part of the conference as he was sidelined with an injury. When he returned however they promptly made it into the semifinals.

    Drafting Slaughter was a no-brainer regardless of who was picking first in the last draft, as the towering Cebuano was easily the most highly-touted big man to ever come out of the draft in the last two decades. He did however come in as the second premiere big man after Fajardo was drafted the year prior. Slaughter went to a Ginebra team in dire need of good, young size with its aging frontline. His tandem with Aguilar has proved very rewarding as the pair average nearly 40 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks between them. Ginebra also picked up 6-foot-7 backup center JR Reyes in a Meralco fire sale, as well as 5-foot-5 spitfire Eman Monfort. They round out a talented but aging core that includes MVP Mark Caguioa, Jay Helterbrand, Billy Mamaril, LA Tenorio and young gun Chris Ellis. The Gin Kings strung up a 10-game winning streak this conference and are in the thick of the semifinals.

    Speaking of the semifinals though, it seems the playoffs have been most unkind to both teams. Ginebra is squaring off against the Coffee Mixers, while the Boosters are taking on Rain Or Shine. As highly touted as the two powerhouse teams are, both are staring series deficits in the face. Ginebra lost over the weekend 89-97 to go down 1-2, with Mark Barroca having the best game of his young career. Petron finally won over the weekend but lost last night 83-88 and are hanging by a knife's edge at 1-3, in spite of the Elasto Painters losing head coach Yeng Guiao to an ejection by game officials and superstar Paul Lee to an injured ankle.

    What in the blue blazes is going on?

    "At this stage of the conference it simply boils down to desire and execution, no more adjustments, no more surprises," remarked Alan Taule, a former college and commercial league coach and a long-time PBA observer. "Whoever wants it more will move on to the Finals, ganun lang kasimple 'yan," he added with emphasis.

    Indeed it seems as if both the Painters and the Mixers have 10-ton chips on all of their shoulders the way they've been playing. Lee in particular has been showing up the fancied and very expensive perimeter of the Boosters with his heady play and ability to find seams in any defense. Lutz, Lassiter and Ross still haven't found an answer for him, and are probably thanking their lucky stars he might not be around for Game 5 of their series with that ankle injury. "Stick to the plan lang naman kami parati gaya ng gusto ni Coach Yeng," he quipped in one interview.

    One other guy pulling a yeoman's job is chunky Rain Or Shine center Beau Belga. At 6-foot-6 and nearly 300 pounds, Belga is the perfect guy to body up and push away Fajardo. Although he has gotten his numbers, Fajardo has had a difficult series. Belga also brings toughness and all the tricks to the table, both dirty and otherwise. He's no slouch on offense either, as he gave his side the lead for good with a nifty drive from the high post inside the last two and a half minutes of Game 2, erasing as much as a 16-point Petron lead.

    In the other series Barroca is slowly gaining the form that made him the best guard on the first incarnation of the Gilas national team under Rajko Toroman. With the exception of their entire team totally disappearing in a 93-64 beatdown in Game 2, the 5-foot-9 pointguard has led his team very well throughout the conference and is emerging as a top PBA pointguard. His go-ahead jumper sealed the Game 1 win for his side, and his career playoff-high 25 points wrapped up Game 3. He even had a block against Slaughter in that game. It helps mightily that San Mig also has some quality size of its own to match up against the Gin Kings, with 6-foot-9 Yancy De Ocampo, 6-foot-8 Rafi Reavis, 6-foot-6 Joe Devance, 6-foot-5 Gilas motor Marc Pingris and 6-foot-6 rookie Ian Sangalang. That's a half-dozen guys they can throw at the twin towers of Slaughter and Aguilar.

    At the rate both series are going it ...
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  2. Unbeaten Judenites are Playoffs’ Top Seeds

    TEAM STANDINGS (end of elimination round)
    Saint Jude Catholic School (7-0), Philippine Cultural College (6-1), Pace Academy (5-2), Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy (4-3), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (3-4), Grace Christian College (2-5), Saint Peter the Apostle School (1-6) and Uno High School (0-7)

    QUARTERFINAL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
    Saturday February 8 (Venue: Uno High School Gym)
    9:00 a.m. – *(1) Saint Jude Catholic School vs. ( Uno High School
    10:30 a.m.–*(2) Philippine Cultural College vs. (7) Saint Peter the Apostle School
    12:30 p.m. – *(3) Pace Academy vs. (6) Grace Christian College
    2:00 p.m. – *(4) Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy (5) MGC-NLCA

    * Saint Jude Catholic School, Philippine Cultural College, Pace Academy and Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy own a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents.

    Sunday February 9 (Venue: Uno High School Gym) If Necessary*
    9:00 a.m. – No. 4 vs. No. 5*
    10:30 a.m. – No. 3 vs. No. 6*
    12:30 p.m. – No.2 vs. No. 7*
    2:00 p.m. – No. 1 vs. No. 8*

    TOURNAMENT SCORING LEADERS
    1-Carlo Lim, Icure-JCA, 21.6 ppg (7 g, 151p); 2-Getson Lim, Pace Academy, 17.9 ppg ((7g, 125p); 3-Jeff Lugay, Ppace Christian Academy, 17.0 ppg (7g, 119p); 4-Sebastian Choi, Grace Christian College, 16.9 ppg (7g, 118p); 5-Joao Filipino, St. Jude Catholic School, 15.3 ppg 97g, 107p); 6-Calvin Uy, St. Jude Catholic School, 14.1 ppg (7g, 99p); 7-Kyle Barraza, Icure-JCA, 13.6 ppg (7g, 95p); 8-Pol Antiporda, Pace Academy, 11.7 ppg 97g, 82p); 9-Jharles Uy, Philippine Cultural College, 11.7 ppg (7g, 82p); 10-Bentley Tia, St. Jude Catholic School, 10.4 ppg (7g, 73p); 11-Jericho Albania, Icure-JCA, 10.2 ppg (6g, 61p); 12-Elijah Sy, St. Peter the Apostle School, 9.9 ppg 97g, 69p); 13-Dominique Ronquillo, St. Peter the Apostle School, 9.8 pg (6g, 59p); 14-Seth Lim, Grace Christian College, 9.3 ppg 97g, 65p), and 15-Tristan Lao, MGC-NLCA, 9.0 ppg (7g, 63p)

    Host Saint Jude Catholic School swept the elimination round of the Aspirants Open Division in the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym, spanking Pace Academy, 63-33, Sunday morning to earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with an immaculate 7-0 record.

    The game was characterized by an early offensive drought by both teams. It was still 0-0 with 3:48 left in the first quarter before Calvin Uy canned a pair of free throws for SJCS. A minute and 20 ticks later, Pol Antiporda duplicated the feat of Uy with two reebies of his own for Pace Academy. A hard drive by Antiporda gave the Pacers a 4-2 with 40 seconds remaining gave the Pacers a 4-2 lead after the first 10-minute period.

    SJCS got its first basket of the game on a three-pointer by Uy, 5-4, at the 9:31 mark of the second quarter. It was the start of a 7-0 run that gave the Judenites a 9-4 lead.

    Pace Academy came back to tie the count, 9-all, on five straight points by big boy Getson Lim. Following two more deadlocks at 11-all and 13-all, Joao Filipino connected on a triple and Bentley Tia clustered three markers as St. Jude took a 19-13 advantage that it never surrendered thereafter.

    Filipino scored his ninth and 10th markers on a layup off his own steal to give the Judenites an eight-point lead at halftime, 26-18, negating Antiporda’s six-point, 11-rebound effort during the same period.

    Filipino saved his best in the third quarter as he amassed a dozen scores in St. Jude’s 20-9 romp of Pace that gave the Judenites a huge 46-27 edge and took the life out of Pace.

    SJCS opened the payoff period with seven consecutive points by Tia for a 53-27 lead with eight minutes left. It was part of a 10-run bridging the third and fourth quarters. By the time, Pace had already given up its cause, pulling out starters Getson Lim and Antiporda.

    Antiporda only returned at the 4:44 mark to take two free throws (both misses) that another Pacers star Jeff Lugay was unable to attempt after going down with an injury.

    Following a triple by Pace guard Dave Pua that cut his team’s deficit to 24, 55-31, St. Jude detonated another 8-0 bomb to take its largest lead, 63-31.

    Two players scored in twin digits for St. Jude – Filipino, 24 points (along with four assists), and Tia, 14. Uy finished with only five markers (all in the first half).

    Pace, which settled for the No. 3 seed behind St. Jude and Philippine Cultural College with its 5-2 record, got eight points apiece from Lugay and Lim and seven from Antiporda. Antiporda and Lim grabbed 18 and 12 boards, respectively.

    In other games, Philippine Cultural College earned the No. 2 seed by crushing St. Peter the Apostle School, 90-25, for its sixth victory in seven assignments; Makati ...
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  3. 1st PCYAA Aspirants Open Division: LEADING SCORERS, TEAM-BY-TEAM

    SAINT JUDE CATHOLIC SCHOOL
    Calvin Uy - 6 games, 94 points, 15.7 ppg (19-16-18-13-13-15)
    Joao Filipino - 6 games, 83 points, 13.8 ppg (14-22-10-6-14-17)
    Bentley Sia - 6 games, 59 points, 9.8 ppg (6-11-13-13-10-6)
    Patrick Go - 6 games, 32 points, 5.3 ppg (3-12-7-2-2-6)
    John Zhuang - 6 games, 28 points, 4.7 ppg (8-4-4-2-8-2)

    PHILIPPINE CULTURAL COLLEGE
    Jharles Uy - 6 games, 73 points, 12.2 ppg (13-16-13-17-3-11)
    Lian Dy - 6 games, 55 points, 9.2 ppg (13-10-7-14-2-9)
    John Santos - 6 games, 47 points, 7.8 ppg (11-4-4-7-17-4)
    Michael Manansala, 6 games, 35 points, 5.8 ppg (12-6-3-2-6-6)

    PACE ACADEMY
    Getson Lim - 6 games, 117 points, 19.5 ppg (39-16-12-13-9-2
    Jeff Lugay - 6 games, 111 points, 18.5 ppg (22-33-11-28-3-14)
    Pol Antiporda - 6 games, 75 points, 12.5 ppg (9-15-19-16-3-13)
    Tyrone Tan - 6 games, 56 points, 9.3 ppg (4-19-2-11-12-

    ICURE-JUBILEE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
    Carlo Lim - 6 games, 136 points, 22.7 ppg (15-30-28-25-27-11)
    Kyle Barraza - 6 points, 81 points, 13.5 ppg (11-12-29-16-2-11)
    Jericho Alabania - 6 games, 61 points, 10.2 ppg (11-2-12-10-18-

    GRACE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
    Sebastian Choi - 6 games, 109 points, 18.2 ppg (18-17-24-19-19-12)
    Seth Lim - 6 games, 63 points, 10.5 ppg (14-14-14-6-6-9)
    Marcus Lu - 6 games, 46 points, 7.7 ppg (19-5-3-3-14-2)
    Martin Ong - 6 games, 20 points, 3.3 ppg (9-2-5-4-0-0)

    MAKATI GOSPEL CHURCH-NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
    Tristan Lao - 6 games, 55 points, 9.2 ppg (9-13-5-5-4-19)
    Aaron Sy - 6 games, 49 points, 8.2 ppg (15-5-11-2-11-5)
    John Angping - 6 games, 49 points, 8.2 ppg (2-16-5-12-8-6)
    Mikel Go - 6 games, 46 points, 7.7 ppg (2-15-2-9-12-6)
    Bohden Si - 6 games, 37 points, 6.2 ppg (8-12-1-8-4-4)

    SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE SCHOOL
    Dominic Ronquillo - 5 games, 55, 11.0 ppg (11-10-14-8-X-12)
    Elijah Sy - 6 games, 60 points, 10.0 ppg (8-11-8-3-11-19)

    UNO HIGH SCHOOL
    Hans Chen - 6 games, 45 points, 7.5 ppg (0-9-6-9-9-12)
    Warren Tan - 6 games, 40 points, 6.7 ppg (3-10-5-6-8-
    Addrian Ramos - 6 games, 33 points, 5.5 ppg (0-0-5-16-9-3)
    Matthew Vistan - 6 games, 32 points, 5.3 ppg (0-12-2-4-5-9)
    Jeremy Wu - 6 games, 26 points, 4.3 ppg (1-12-4-4-1-4)
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  4. SJCS STILL UNBEATEN AT 6-0

    Team Standings
    Saint Jude Catholic School (6-0), Philippine Cultural College (5-1), Pace Academy (5-1), Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy (3-3), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-4), Grace Christian College (2-4), Saint Peter the Apostle School (1-5) and Uno High School (0-6)

    Tournament Scoring Leaders
    1-Carlo Lim Icure-JCA, 22.7 ppg (6g, 136p), 2-Getson Lim, Pace Academy, 19.5 ppg (6g, 117p), 3-Jeff Lugay, Pace Academy, 18.5 ppg (6g, 111p), 4-Sebastian Choice, Grace Christian College, 18.2 ppg (6g, 109p), 5-Calvin Uy, St. Jude Catholic School, 15.7 ppg (6g, 94p), 6-Joao Filipino, St. Jude Catholic School, 13.8 ppg (6g, 83p) 7-Kyle Barraza, Icure-JCA, 13.5 ppg (6g, 81p), 8-Pol Antiporda, Pace Academy, 12.5 ppg (6g, 75p), 9-Jharles Uy, Philippine Cultural College, 12.2 ppg (6g, 73p), 10-Dominic Ronquillo, St. Peter the Apostle School, 11.0 ppg (5g, 55p), 11-Seth Lim, Grace Christian College, 10.5 ppg (6g, 63p), 11-Jericho Albania, Icure-JCA, 10.2 ppg (6g, 61p), 12-Elijah Sy, St. Peter the Apostle School, 10.0 ppg (6g, 60p), 13-Bentley Tia, St. Jude Catholic School, 9.8 ppg (6g, 9.8 ppg (6g, 59p), 14-Tristan Lao, MGC-NLCA, 9.2 ppg (6g, 55p), and 14-Lian Dy, Philippine Cultural College, 9.2 ppg (6g, 55g)

    Host Saint Jude Catholic School whipped Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy, 54-41, Sunday afternoon to improve its front-running record to 6-0 in the Aspirants Open Division competitions of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athlewtic Association basketball tournament at the Uno High School Gym in Manila.

    The Judenites got off to a 15-0 start behind a pair of triples from goggles-wearing Patrick Go, five points from Joao Filipino and two baskets from Bentley Tia. However, Icure-JCA recovered on consecutive treys by Kyle Barraza to trim its deficit to 11, 17-6, after the first quarter.

    A third trifecta from Barraza ignited a 10-0 run that put Icure-JCA within three points, 19-16. St. Jude led, 25-18, at halftime, getting nine markers from Filipino and six each from Tia and Go. The Judenites’ No. 1 scorer for the season, Calvin Uy, missed a pair of free throws and was held scoreless after two quarters.

    Defensively, St. Jude did an excellent job on the tournament’s leading scorer, Carlo Lim, limiting Icure-JCA’s top gun to just a solitary point on 0-for-8 field-goal shooting.

    After Icure-JCA caught up to equalize at 25-all on a Barraza fielder, Anson Ty banked a twinner and Calvin Uy knocked in his first two points to give SJCS a 29-25 lead. Lim struck for five straight points as Icure-JCA momentarily seized the upperhand, 31-29, at the 2:12 mark of the third quarter.

    Following another deadlock, 31-all, on a Filipino fielder, Jhedd Yulangco completed a three-point play and Lim connected on a twinner as Icure-JCA grabbed its largest lead, 36-31.

    From thereon, it was Uy to the rescue. A triple by him settled the third-quarter count at 36-34, in Icure-JCA’s favor. It was part of a 10-0 blast – eight by Uy (including two of his three triples in the second half) and two by Filipino – bridging the third and fourth quarters that put the Judenites ahead for good, 41-36, with six minutes remaining in the game.

    After Andrei Yu’s two charity shots cut Icure-JCA’s deficit to 45-40 at the 4:22 mark, St. Jude unleashed its final kick with a 9-0 run (on a twinner by Bryan Haw, a third triple by Uy and two baskets by Filipino) to move safely ahead, 54-40, with 1:47 left.

    Filipino wound up as the Judenites’ top scorer with 17 points. Uy contributed 15 (all in the second half) and Tia, Go and Ty each totaled six for St. Jude, which seeks to sweep the single-round elimination phase when it goes up against Pace Academy on Sunday, February 2.

    A win by Pace Academy, which improved its record to 5-1 following an 82-65 victory over Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy earlier Sunday, will potentially create a three-way tie for first place with Philippine Cultural College that will be settled via the quotient system. (SJCS beat PCC, 62-43, and PCC downed Pace, 53-37, on Saturday.)

    In a losing cause against St. Jude, Lim and Barraza led Icure-JCA (3-3) with identical 11 points, followed by Albania with eight and Yu with six.

    Lim grabbed 15 rebounds and had four steals but he shot a frigid 3-for-21 from the field (missing his first 12 shots).

    Burly Getson Lim showed no effects of the hip and knee injuries he sustained against PCC on Saturday by registering a double-double 20-20 against MGC-NLCA. The goggles-wearing Lim collected 28 points (21 of them in the second half) and 25 boards in leading his team to a 17-point success.

    Pace and MGC-NLCA played toe-to-toe in the early goings before the Pacers inched ahead, 20-14, after the first quarter. (MGC-NLCA’s Tristan Lao connected ...
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  5. PCC Pulls Pace Out of Unbeaten Ranks, St. Jude Takes Solo Leadership

    Team Standings
    Saiont Jude Catholic School (5-0), Philippine Cultural College (4-1), Pace Academy (4-1), Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy (3-2), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-3), Grace Christian College (2-3), Uno High School (0-5) and Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-5)

    Tournament Scoring Leaders
    1-Carlo Lim, Icure-JCA, 25.0 ppg (5g, 125p), 2-Jeff Lugay, Pace Academy, 19.4 ppg (5g, 97p), 3-Sebastian Choi, Grace Christian College, 19.4 ppg (5g, 97p), 4-Getson Lim, Pace Academy, 17.8 ppg (5g, 89p), 5-Calvin Uy, St. Jude Catholic School, 15.8 ppg (5g, 79p), 6-Kyle Barraza, Icure-JCA, 14.0 ppg (5g, 70p), 7-Joao Filipino, St. Jude Catholic School, 13.2 ppg (5g, 66p), 8-Jharles Uy, Philippine Cultural College, 12.4 ppg (5g, 62p), 9-Pol Antiporda, Pace Academy, 12.4 ppg (5g, 62p), 10-Seth Lim, Grace Christian College, 10.8 ppg (5g, 54p), 11-Dominique Ronquillo, St. Peter the Apostle School, 10.8 ppg (4g, 43) and 12-Bentley Tia, St. Jude Catholic School, 10.6 ppg (5g, 53p)

    Philippine Cultural College pulled Pace Academy out of the unbeaten ranks and host Saint Jude Catholic School assumed the solo leadership Saturday afternoon in the Aspirants Open Division of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association basketball competitions.

    Philippine Cultural College blasted Pace Academy, 53-37, to join its foe in second place with identical 4-1 records. More importantly, the Seagulls solidified their chances of securing a twice-to-beat incentive through the semifinal playoffs with the victory.

    The Pacers not only need to win over unblemished leader St. Jude Catholic School (5-0) in their February 2 (Sunday) duel to create a three-way tie for first but also must beat the Judenites by at least 14 points to dislodge PCC from the No. 2 spot.

    The stars for both teams were not aligned in the PCC-Pace encounter. Jcharles Uy, who was averaging 14.8 points after four games with PCC, was held to three points on a first-half triple. His Seagulls teammate Lian Dy, who owned an 11-point clip after four assignments, scored a measly two.

    Jeff Lugay, who was norming a tournament second-running 23.5 ppg before the game, only had three points for Pace Academy. Big boy Getson Lim and Pol Antiporda, who were averaging 20.0 ppg and 14.8 ppg, respectively, were offensively shackled to just nine and three (Antiporda’s three came on free throws).

    For Philippine Cultural College, it was time for its shocktroopers to shine. Burly John Santos collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, beanpole Daniel Manalang totaled 13 rebounds along with four blocks, two steals and two points, and Edge Sy chalked up eight points in the final 2:21 of the game, including a pair of triples, to cement the win for the Seagulls.

    PCC raced to a 27-19 halftime lead behind 13 scores by John Santos as a lethargic Pace Academy team, which was pushed to the limit by Icure-JCA last Sunday before coming out on top by three points, was clearly outhustled and outrebounded during the first two periods.

    Getson Lim scored back-to-baskets to trim Pace’s deficit to 31-27. A 6-1 run by Pace to end the third quarter increased its lead to 37-28, though.

    Pint-sized playmaker Tyrone Tan helped Pace to come within four points once again, 37-33, but Lian Dy and Santos scored successively to bring PCC’s edge back to eight, 41-33, at the 6:36 mark.

    Back-to-back fielders by Rafael Pangilinan led to a 45-34 advantage by PCC, time down to 4:18. It was also at this time that Getson Lim went down with a hip injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the game and discounted any chance of a Pace comeback.

    John Santos wound up with 17 points for PCC, which also got nine from Edge Sy and six each from Angelo Tan (two triples in the first half), Michael Manansala and Rafael Pangilinan.

    Tyrone Tan was the only double-figure producer for Pace with 12 points (seven of them in the second half). Getson Lim added nine points (including seven in the second half) along with 10 boards and four blocks.

    It is not known whether Lim will be available to play in Sunday’s contest against MGC-NLCA.

    The top four teams after the single-round elimination phase will qualify for the quarterfinal playoffs with a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents. Additionally, the top two teams will enjoy a twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals, assuming they get past the quarters.

    The Judenites easily disposed of winless St. Peter the Apostle School, 97-25, on Saturday behind five double-digit scorers – Joao Filipino, 14 points; Calvin Uy, 13; Christian Lim, 12; Bentley Tia, 10; and Gian King, 10.

    Only two players scored for the Peterians – John Tiu, 14 points, and Elijah S, 11. Their scoring leader for the season, Dominique ...
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