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  1. 2nd PCYAA Juniors: Saint Jude vs. Jubilee in Finals

    There will be a new champion in the Juniors Division of the 2nd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym in Tondo, Manila.

    This came about after unbeaten and top seeded Saint Jude Catholic School (9-0) pulverized 2014 titlist Uno High School, 88-37, Thursday night (February 12) to arrange a best-of-three finals showdown with No. 2 seed Jubilee Christian Academy (7-2), which also made short work of No. 3 seed Philippine Cultural College later in the night with a 61-57 victory in their own semifinal duel.

    Applying full-court pressure at the starting gate that quickly knocked off Uno HS, Saint Jude raced to a 15-0 lead behind Renzel Yongco’s seven points (including a triple) and a pair of fielders from Jared Filipino before Kyle Christian Tan broke the ice for the Uneans with two free throws with 2:19 remaining in the opening period.

    Two more charity shots by Tan were the only other points tallied by the host school in the first 10 minutes. During the stretch, SJCS held the Uneans without a single field goal and zoomed to a 17-4 lead on nine markers from Yongco.

    Tan notched Uno’s first twinner at the 8:18 mark of the second canto to slice its deficit to 19-7 but Maynard Yap clustered nine scores as the Judenites grabbed a 29-10 advantage.

    Halftime score was 46-15 and by the end of the third period, it had transformed into a 66-30 sleeper by SJCS. Judenites mentor Coach Luis Nolasco’s kept Yongco on the bench throughout the payoff quarter but his boys opened with 15 consecutive points – a 17-0 bomb bridging the third and fourth quarters – that was jumpstarted by the second of two second-half triples by Jack Tai and bannered by three baskets by Daniel Pua to open up a 51-point advantage, 81-50.

    Uno’s first point in the quarter came on a free throw by Warren Tan with 4:33 remaining. By the time, Unean bench boss Johnny Filipino had already given up the fight as he pulled out Kyle Tan and Kenric Kok for good.

    SJCS largest lead was 52 points – 83-31and 87-35. Reserve Lance Chan had seven points in the final four minutes of action.

    Yongco finished with 18 points, three rebounds and three steals for Saint Jude. Two other Judenites also were in twin-figure scores – Yap, 16 points, Filipino, 12; and Pua, 10 along with 11 boards for a double-double.

    Tan produced a team-high 11 points and four reebies for Uno but Kok was held to seven markers – his first single-digit score in the entire tournament. Jozshua Healy scored only a point but plucked down nine rebounds. Hans Sy, who along with Tan and Kok will be graduating next month, totaled five points.

    In the other semifinal contest, Jubilee Christian Academy never trailed throughout, surrendering only a pair of deadlocks – 2-2 and 7-7 – in the early minutes before grabbing a 15-8 lead after the first quarter.

    Speedy guard John Miko Cheng banked a trifecta for an 18-10 JCA lead and after PCC beanpole Daniel Manalang connected on a jumper, Cheng knocked in another trey while being fouled and completed the second four-point play in the tournament (the first was registered by Yongco) to push JCA to its first double-digit advantage, 22-12, at the 8:45 mark of the second quarter.

    The Seagulls came within three points, 31-28, at the half as Eric Cheng knocked in two threes.

    With PCC just down by six, 38-32, on a Lester Cai free throw, with 5:33 left in the third canto, JCA, however, entered the payoff period with an 11-point edge, 48-37.

    Lian Dy nailed a triple, 48-40, to start the final 10 minu tes of hostilities but PCC was unable to come closer than eight thereafter as burly Lanz Tan muscled his way for four fielders. By the time Cheng got his third triple with 2:15 left, JCA was comfortably ahead, 61-47.

    The Seagulls scored the game’s final 10 points – six by Kimson Chen, including two that sliced JCA’s lead to four, 61-57, with 4.7 ticks left, and four by Cai – but time ran out on them.

    Cheng wound up with 19 point for JCA. Tan registered a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds and Paolo Lim had 13 points, nine boards, three assists and three steals despite being bothered by cramps. Tree-like Perry Go had seven blocks, six rebounds, five points and three steals for the winning unit.

    PCC, which finished third in the standings, got 19 points (including 10 in the fourth quarter), five rebounds and four steals from Chen, 12 points and eight boards from Cai, three triples and nine points from Eric Cheng, and eight points (all in the first half) and five rebounds from Manalang.

    The best-of-three finals between Saint Jude Catholic School and Jubilee Christian Academy in the PCYAA Juniors Division will get underway on Tuesday, February ...
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  2. 2nd PCYAA Juniors: Uno Ousts MGC-NLCA, Grabs Fourth Semifinal Ticket

    Sorry folks, a third overtime game between Uno High School and Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy was not written in the stars Tuesday night (February 10).

    The defending champion Uneans survived a second-quarter meltdown behind the endgame heroics of Kenric Aldrich Kok and Kyle Christian Tan to squeeze past MGC-NLCA, 59-50, in their quarterfinal rubber match to secure the fourth and final ticket to the semifinal playoffs in the Juniors Division of the 2nd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym.

    With the victory by Uno HS, the Final Four cast has been determined.

    The semifinals on Thursday (February 12) will feature unblemished and top-seeded Saint Jude Catholic School (8-0) against fourth-seeded Uno HS at 5:30 p.m. and No. 2 seed Jubilee Christian Academy against No. 3 seed Philippine Cultural College.

    Thanks to a higher ranking, the Judenites and Jubilee will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents.

    During the elimination phase, Saint Jude whitewashed Uno, 95-58, behind Renzel Yongco’s tournament-high 37 points and Jubilee downed PCC, 57-50, behind Paolo Lim’s 18 markers.

    Should any of the lower-seeded teams emerge victorious on Thursday (February 12), a rubber match would be played on Valentine’s Day, February 14 (5:30 p.m.).

    During the quarterfinal playoffs, Saint Jude made short work of winless Pace Academy, 107-32; JCA ousted Grace Christian College, 76-63; PCC and ousted Saint Peter the Apostle School, 43-41. Fifth-seeded MGC-NLCA, on the other hand, forced a rubber match with a 71-70 overtime victory over host Uno HS.

    In Tuesday game, Uno got off to a strong start behind Tan’s nine points, taking a 20-7 lead with two minutes remaining in the first quarter on a Kok triple. The lead could have been bigger if Kok had not missed a pair of free throws just before the quarter ended at 20-7.

    However, Uno’s offensive meltdown slowly cut into its lead. It was shut out in the entire quarter. While it was held scoreless, Uno’s defense held fort as MGC-NLC made just nine points in the period and Uno was still up by four points, 20-16, at halftime.

    The Uneans were without a point for 13 minutes and 11 seconds before Kyle Tan scored on a drive with 8:49 left in the third canto and them made a pair of free throws to increase coach Johnny Filipino’s troops’ advantage to eight, 24-16, with 6:59 remaining.

    Pint-sized Kim Tanlo’s trifecta gave Uno a 29-20 lead but MGC-NLCA’s Carl Ong knocked in five consecutive points – including a triple – to put his team within two, 31-29.

    Kok went 2-for-2 from the foul line as Uno held on to enjoy a 37-32 advantage at the end of the third quarter built around Kyle Tan’s 10 scores.
    MGC-NLCA came roaring back to equalize at 42-all – the game’s only deadlock – on a John Gatchalian basket with 7:32 left.

    Tanlo connected on his second of two triples in the final half as Uno grabbed the upperhand once more, 45-42. However, Uno went into penalty with still 7:03 remaining and a fielder by Daniel Lim and two freebies by Ong gave MGC-NLCA its first lead of the game, 46-45, with 6:18 left. A dozen seconds later, Kok went 2-for-2 from the charity stripes as Uno regained the driver’s seat, 47-46.

    MGC-NLCA produced its second and final lead, 48-47, when Ong made a basket but missed a potential three-point play with a missed free throw, time down to 5:20.

    Then it was the dynamic duo of Kyle Tan and Kok to the rescue. The two conspired for Uno’s final 12 points.

    Kok completed a three-point play (4:23), and after teammate Warren Tan fired blanks in two trips to the foul line (3:37), Kok hoisted a floater (2:27) for a 52-48 Uno lead.

    After MGC-NLCA’s Lim subsequently committed a turnover (2:09), Uno finished off its pesky foes when Kok assisted Kyle Tan on a dagger triple from 30 feet with 1:49 remaining for a 55-48 edge.

    Another floater by Kok with 50 ticks left, 57-58, and MGC-NLCA finally raised the white flag. Lim scored a basket for MGC-NLCA 10 seconds later before Kok finalized the count with two freebies with 9.7 seconds left.

    Kyle Tan finished with 22 points (including a pair of triples), 11 rebounds, six steals and five blocks in an all-around performance. Kok added 21 points, including 14 in the final quarter, and collected five boards and three steals. Tanlo contributed two treys and 14 points and bull-strong center Jesse Chong grabbed 14 reebies to go with his two points.

    MGC-NLCA was bannered by Lim’s 15 points and nine rebounds and Ong’s 14 points and nine rebounds. Sean Tan, Aaron Uy and Cedric Go contributed five points apiece.
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  3. 2nd PCYAA Basketball: Aspis Share Limelight

    High school male athletes do not have a monopoly of the action in the ongoing 2nd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions.

    Even the bubbly boy basketeers from Grade 6 or Grade 7, whose ages are from 13 and below, are making waves in the Aspirants Division of the six-week festivities.

    Just like the high school games, there are eight schools from the Metro Manila area taking part in PCYAA Aspirants Division. These are Saint Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College, Jubilee Christian Academy, Philippine Cultural College, Pace Academy, Saint Peter the Apostle School, Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy and host Uno High School.

    There are three players who have tallied in double digits in each of their team’s assignments through the seven-game elimination round.
    They are Jubilee Christian Academy’s Kyle Nathan Barraza (31-27-40-22-17-19-26), Makati Gospel Church-NLCA’s Ike Jordan Lim (20-28-24-27-11-28-25) and Philippine Cultural College’s Michael Manansala (15-17-14-14-16-13-20).

    Barraza, a Grade 8 student who turns 14 on February 19, is the Aspi’s scoring leader with a 26-point average in seven appearances. He also owns the highest single-game individual score in the entire PCYAA basketball competitions (including the Boys High School and Ladies High School divisions) – 40 points in JCA’s 73-53 shellacking of Uno High School last January 18.

    Saint Jude Catholic School’s Renzel Symon Yongco holds the record in the Juniors Division with 37 points in the team’s 95-58 rout of Uno HS last January 20.

    Barraza reportedly is quitting the JCAA basketball team after this season to concentrate on his other “love” – swimming. He is a member of the Philippine national swimming team (age group).

    Lim, a Grade 7 student who turns 13 on February 11, is the meal ticket for the top-ranked and unbeaten MGC-NLC (7-0), norming a tournament second-best 23.3 ppg every time out.

    Manansala, a Grade 9 student who will 14 in July, averages 15.6 ppg for second-ranked Philippine Cultural College (6-1), ranking him fourth overall behind Barraza, Lim and Grace Christian College’s Marcus Nathan Lu, who owns an 18.9-ppg clip.

    Completing the top 10 in Aspi scoring are 5-Pace Academy’s Jeff Lugay (14.0 ppg), 6-Uno HS’ Warren Spencer Tan (13.3), 7-Saint Jude Catholic School’s Kiefe Chu (12.3), 8-Pace Academy’s Dean Ong (11.2), 9-SJCS’ Mallechi Lim (11.0) and 10-JCA’s Janaro Bautista (11.0).

    The quarterfinal playoffs in the Aspirants Division will be held on Valentine’s Day (February 14, starting at 11:00 a.m.) at the Uno High School Gym in Tondo, Manila.

    The matchups are 1-MGC-NLCA vs. 8-Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-7), 2-PCC vs. 7-Grace Christian College (1-6), 3-SJCS (5-2) vs. 6-Uno High School (2-5) and 4-JCA (4-3) vs. 5-Pace Academy (3-4).

    MGC-NLCA, PCC, SJCS and JCA own a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents. Rubber matches will be held the following day (February 15) if any of the lower-seeded teams emerges victorious in Saturday’s encounters.

    The top two seeds will also have the same incentive in the semifinals (February 16), assuming they advance past the quarters.
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  4. 2nd PCYAA Aspirants Division Leading Scorers

    Only three players from the PCYAA Aspirants Division (age 13 and below) have scored in double figures in each of their team’s games through the elimination round.

    They are Jubilee Christian Academy’s Kyle Nathan Barraza (31-27-40-22-17-19-26), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy’s Ike Jordan Lim (20-28-24-27-11-28-25) and Philippine Cultural College’s Michael Manansala (15-17-14-14-16-13-20).

    Barraza is currently the tournament’s leading point-producer with a 26-point average. He also owns the highest single-game individual score in the entire competitions – 40 points in JCA’s 73-53 rout of Uno High School last January 18. Saint Jude Catholic School’s Renzel Yongco holds the record in the Juniors Division (Boys High School) with 37 points in the Judenites’ 95-58 whipping of Uno High School last January 20.

    ASPIRANTS DIVISION TOP SCORERS
    1-Kyle Nathan Barraza (Jubilee Christian Academy), 7 games, 182 points, 26.0 ppg
    2-Ike JordanLim (Makati Gospel Church-NLCA), 7 games, 163 points, 23.3 ppg
    3-Marcus Nathan Lu (Grace Christian College), 7 games, 132 points, 18.9 ppg
    4-Michael Manansala (Philippine Cultural College), 7 games, 109 points, 15.6 ppg
    5-Jeff Lugay (Pace Acdemy), 7 games, 98 points, 14.0 ppg

    6-Warren Spencer Tan (Uno High School), 7 games, 93 points, 13.3 ppg
    7-Kiefe Chu (Saint Jude Catholic School), 7 games, 86 points, 12.3 ppg
    8-Dean Ong (Pace Academy), 6 games, 67 points, 11.2 ppg
    9-Mallechi Lim (Saint Jude Catholic School), 7 games, 77 points, 11.0 ppg
    10-Janaro Bautista (Jubilee Christian Academy), 7 games, 77 points, 11.0 ppg

    11-Shane Tan (Makati Gospel Church-NLCA), 6 games, 61 points, 10.2 ppg
    12-Angelo Ganipan (Grace Christian College), 7 games, 67 points, 9.6 ppg
    13-Josiah Filipino (Saint Jude Catholic School), 7 games, 63 points, 9.0 ppg
    14-Mark John Que (Saint Peter the Apostle School), 6 games, 54 points, 9.0 ppg
    15-Jherome Siy (Saint Peter the Apostle School), 7 games, 61 points, 8.7 ppg
    16-Michael Claver (Grace Christian College), 6 games, 50 points, 8.3 ppg
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  5. 2nd PCYAA Top Juniors Division Scorers

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    JUNIORS DIVISION TOP SCORERS (through February 9)

    1-Kenric Aldrich Kok (Uno High School), 8 games, 188 points, 23.5 ppg
    2-Renzel Symon Yongco (Saint Jude Catholic School), 6 games, 138 points, 23.0 ppg
    3-Kyle Christian Tan (Uno High School), 8 games, 180 points, 22.5 ppg
    4-Pol Antiporda (Pace Academy), 7 games, 128 points, 18.3 ppg
    5-Paolo Ismael Lim (Jubilee Christian Academy), 7 games, 119 points, 17.0 ppg

    6-John Miko Cheng (Jubilee Christian Academy), 8 games, 121 points, 15.1 ppg
    7-Carl Gavin Ong (Makati Gospel Church-NLCA), 8 games, 115 points, 14.4 ppg
    8-Lester Jansen Cai (Philippine Cultural College), 8 games, 113 points, 14.1 ppg
    9-Byron Leander Tan (Saint Peter the Apostle School), 7 games, 97 points, 13.9 ppg
    10-Tyrone Tan (Pace Academy), 8 games, 105 points, 13.1 ppg

    11-John Patrick Lim (Grace Christian College), 8 games, 104 points, 13.0 ppg
    12-Aaron James Uy (Makati Gospel Church-NLCA), 8 games, 101 points, 12.6 ppg
    13-Lanz Kendrick Tan (Jubilee Christian Academy), 8 games, 100 points, 12.5 ppg
    14-Jacob Rayven Siy (Saint Peter the Apostle School), 8 games, 97 points, 12.1 ppg
    15-John Jeffrey Ouyang (Saint Peter the Apostle School), 8 games, 81 points, 10.1 ppg

    16-Sean Bradley Tan (Makati Gospel Church-NLCA), 8 games, 80 points, 10.0 ppg
    17-Earl Vincent See (Saint Jude Catholic School), 8 games, 73 points, 9.1 ppg
    18-Justin Cua (Grace Christian College), 8 games, 71 points, 8.9 ppg
    19-Maynard Nielsen Yap (Saint Jude Catholic School), 8 games, 69 points, 8.6 ppg
    20-Daniel Edwin Pua (Saint Jude catholic School), 8 games, 65 points, 8.1 ppg

    21-Kimson Chen (Philippine Cultural College), 8 games, 62 points, 7.8 ppg
    22-Jharles Jaideeson Uy (Philippine Cultural College), 8 games, 61 points, 7.6 ppg
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