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  1. Wa-LA Lang: LA Tenorio's Lost Groove

    Here is how LA Tenorio compares career-wise with the other top pointguards, or guys who play pointguard, in the PBA - - -

    LA Tenorio: 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 steals in 32.1 minutes per game

    Mark Barroca: 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals in 25 minutes per game

    TY Tang: 4.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists in 15 minutes per game

    Josh Urbiztondo: 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists in 22.1 minutes per game

    Chris Ross: 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists per game in 25.8 minutes per game

    Sol Mercado: 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, in 34.1 minutes per game

    Willie Miller: 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 rebounds in 31 .1 minutes per game

    Alex Cabagnot: 11.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.2 steals in 31.4 minutes per game

    JV Casio: 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists in 33.2 minutes per game

    Mike Cortes: 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 steals in 29.1 minutes per game

    Jimmy Alapag: 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists in 32 minutes per game

    Jayson Castro: 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists in 26.6 minutes per game

    Career- and stas-wise Tenorio compares favorably to the other top pointguards in the league. We're talking about a guy who made the Gilas national team, was a two-time Mythical Team member, ans a former Best Player of the Conference. That's a pretty good career resume for any PBA player. Yet in the ongoing Philippine Cup against San Mig Coffee, he has lost his groove.

    He now has the reins in crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra, and he and the rest of the Gin Kings are staring a 2-3 series deficit in the face after dropping a closely-fought Game 5 76-79 over the weekend. As of this writing they are a few hours away from being eliminated by a tough, intelligent and well-coached Mixers side.

    In the ongoing Philippine Cup semifinals Tenorio is averaging 13 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.2 turnovers in 34.2 minutes per game, tallying nine points, two rebounds, seven assists and six turnovers in their Game 5 loss.

    His counterpart Barroca is averaging 12.2 points, six rebounds, 4.4 assists, two steals and only 1.8 turnovers in 30.8 minutes per game, going for 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in that huge Game 5 win.

    Everyone and his brother is talking about that Game 5 because the Gin Kings had a one-point 76-75 lead going into the last few seconds of this game. Then James Yap, abnormally quiet throughout the series, suddenly nailed a three-pointer to give his Mixers the 76-78 lead with 13.4 seconds to go. Tenorio then inexplicably bungled back-to-back drives in those closing seconds sealing the doom of his Gin Kings. "Pass muna ako sa interview mga pare," Tenorio practically pleaded with the media after the game. All of the reporters obliged.

    I couldn't resist trying to sneak in a couple of questions though. "Antayin muna natin makabawi ako," Tenorio just said. He's not really had a good semifinals, and he has gotten outplayed by the younger Barroca. Barroca, easily an inch taller and 10 pounds heftier, has been able to post him up and shoot over him with relative ease, something that the Ginebra coaches really ought to address.

    More than the numbers though, it has been the spotty decision-making of the veteran pointguard that has drawn the heaviest criticism. When they tied the series in Game 4, Tenorio was once again nearly the goat that time, muffing back-to-back passes to teammates in perfect receiving position, including gigantic rookie Greg Slaughter in the low post, right in the midst of a Ginebra comeback. "He's trying to do too much," exclaimed a long-time college and pro scout. "Sa Ateneo pa lang ganyan na siya maglaro, andaming gustong gawin."

    Even his own coach could only shake his head as the final buzzer sounded in Game 5. "Pick and roll 'yung gusto ko sanang play. Pero dapat nakapwesto lahat, eh ang nangyari parang nagmamadali lahat," lamented the multi-titled Ato Agustin. "Stay positive lang, kailangan makabawi talaga kami sa Game 6," he quickly added.

    For Tim Cone though, there better not be a Game 7. "It's just a one-game lead. We have to finish it off. We all know what kind of team Ginebra is in a do-or-die," noted the American bench boss.

    Asked about how Tenorio handled the last seconds of Game 5, Cone sounded very sympathetic. "It's hard to stay calm in that basketball game," he said. "I can't really blame LA."

    Tenorio's woes have not been the only thing missing for the Gin Kings. Japeth Aguilar, the 6-foot-9 jumping jack forward, has been effectively neutralized by the wall of San Mig big men. 6-foot-9 Yancy De Ocampo, 6-foot-8 Rafi Reavis, ...
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  2. PCYAA Basketball: Slambang Aspi Final Four Duels

    The Final Four cast for the Aspirants Open Division playoffs in the inaugural Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions has been determined.

    Top seed Saint Jude Catholic School, which is unblemished in eight appearances in the six-week tournament for players aged 13 and under, will clash with fifth-seeded Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (5-4) and No. 2 seed Philippine Cultural College (7-1) will tangle with No. 3 seed Pace Academy (6-2) in a pair of semifinal encounters to be held on Saturday, February 15, at the Uno High School Gym in Manila.

    The SJCS Judenites and PCC Seagulls, by virtue of their 1-2 finish in the elimination round, will have a twice-to-beat advantage over MGC-NLCA and Pace Academy, respectively.

    During the quarterfinals, St. Jude, PCC and Pace made short work of their lower-seeded opponents while MGC-NLCA whipped No. 4 seed Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy twice to advance to the next round.
    St. Jude ousted Uno High School, 83-24, behind double-figure scorers Joao Filipino (13 points), Calvin Uy (13), Gian King (11) and Bentley Tia (10 along with nine rebounds).

    Treating the game like a scrimmage, Philippine Cultural College utilized its regulars sparingly and instead relied heavily on its reserves in pulverizing No. 7 seed Saint Peter the Apostle School, 73-43. Burly John Santos and Edge Sy tossed in 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Seagulls.

    Pace Academy gave up the game’s first six points before turning on the heat the rest of the way in pummelling No. 6 seed Grace Christian College, 105-66, behind child-mountain Getson Lim, who amassed 30 points on 14-of-19 field shooting, plucked down 26 rebounds and blocked four enemy missiles. Pesky Pol Antiporda also contributed 22 scores and 16 boards and long-range specialist Jeff Lugay added 15 markers for the Pacers.

    Underdog Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy needed to beat higher-seeded Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy twice and accomplished the feat with wins of 64-59 (Feb. and 79-77 (Feb. 9) over the weekend.

    Both victories by MGC-NLCA came in a dramatic come-from-behind fashion. In the front end of their quarterfinal matchup, the pint-sized duo of Mikel Go (19) and Ike Lim (15) each knocked in five triples and combined for 34 points for MGC-NLCA, which had lost, 65-53, to Icure-JCA during their elimination duel. Tristan Lao’s suffocating defense on Icure-JCA hotshot Carlo Lim also was a pivotal factor as the tournament’s leading scorer (22.0 ppg) struggled with a frigid 5-for-20 field shooting en route to an 18-point effort.

    In the rubber match, MGC-NLCA overhauled a 16-point deficit (45-29) early in the third quarter but rallied around energetic Patrick Uy (19 of his team-best 22 points came in the second half), Lao and Go (six points in the final 2:5 at crunchtime and eventually won it on a hard drive by John Angping with 39.3 seconds left. That put to waste Carlo Lim’s 29-point, nine-rebound performance for, which ended its season with a 4-5 card.

    Both semifinal matchups promise to be slam-bang affairs. During the elims, St. Jude edged MGC-NLCA, 69-68, after overcoming a 14-point third-quarter deficit (46-32), and Philippine Cultural College took control early in the second quarter in blasting Pace Academy, 53-37, behind its Twin Towers John Santos and Daniel Manalang and a tough defense on Pacers center Getson Lim, the tournament’s No. 2 scorer (19.4 ppg) who was held to a measly nine points.

    Should MGC-NLCA and/or Pace Academy turn the tables around on Saturday, do-or-die matches would be held on Sunday, Feb. 16, also at the Uno HS Gym.
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  3. 1st PCYAA Aspi: MGC-NLCA Catches Last Bus to Semis

    ASPIRANTS OPEN DIVISION PLAYOFFS

    SEMIFINALS

    Saturday February 15 Venue: Uno HS Gym
    9:00 a.m. - (1) St. Jude Catholic School vs. (5) MGC-New Life Christian Academy
    10:30 a.m. – (2) Philippine Cultural College vs. (3) Pace Academy

    Sunday February 16, if necessary Venue: Uno HS Gym
    9:00 a.m. – (2) Philippine Cultural College vs. (3) Pace Academy
    10:30 a.m. – (1) St. Jude Catholic School vs. (5) MGC-New Life Christian Academy

    Saint Jude Catholic School and Philippine Cultural College will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents. During the elimination round, Saint Jude Catholic School edged Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy, 69-68, after overcoming a 14-point third-quarter deficit and Philippine Cultural College blasted Pace Academy, 53-37, behind its Twin Towers John Santos and Daniel Manalang and a tough defense on the Pacers’ high-scoring center Getson Lim, who was held to nine points.

    FINALS (best-of-three series)

    Wednesday February 19 Venue: Uno HS Gym
    5:00 p.m. – Semifinal Loser 1 vs. Semifinal Loser 2 (for third place – one game only)
    6:30 p.m. – Semifinal Winner 1 vs. Semifinal Winner 2, Finals Game 1

    Saturday February 22 Venue: Uno HS Gym
    10:00 a.m. – Semifinal Winner 1 vs. Semifinal Winner 2, Finals Game 2

    Wednesday February 26 Venue: Uno HS Gym
    5:00 p.m. – Semifinal Winner 1 vs. Semifinal Winner 2, Finals Game 3, if necessary

    And then there are four teams.

    Upset-conscious Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy caught the last bus to the semifinal playoffs in the Aspirants Open Division of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions after registering a come-from-behind 79-77 victory over higher seeded Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy Sunday morning at the Uno High School Gym in Manila.

    With the win, MGC-NLCA, the No. 5 seed, completed a two-game sweep of Icure-JCA, the No. 4 seed, in the quarterfinals and joined early qualifiers Saint Jude Catholic School, Philippine Cultural College and Pace Academy in a pair of semifinal series that also give the top two seeds, No. 1 SJCS and No. 2 PCC, a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents.

    Saturday afternoon, MGC-NLCA staved off quick elimination by toppling Icure-JCA, 64-59, also in a come-from-behind fashion. Icure-JCA was ahead 52-46, before falling by the wayside.

    Less than 24 hours later, the two teams felt each other out in the early goings as Tristan Lao knocked in a pair of twinners to give MGC-NLCA a 12-9 lead. However, Kyle Barraza connected on his second triple to equalize the count at 12-all.

    Energetic Patrick Uy tallied a fielder and a free throw to lift MGC-NLCA to a 15-12 advantage. The lead was short-lived as Barraza and Carlo Lim each had a fielder as Icure-JCA regained the upperhand, 16-15, at the end of the first 10-minute quarter.

    During the period, Barraza totaled eight points but committed a pair of personal fouls. His teammate Lim was held to four markers by the suffocating defense of Lao for a second straight game in a No. 9 vs. No. 9 matchup.

    Icure-JCA dominated the second quarter as it led throughout. Barraza reached double-figure scoring (10 points) with a quarter-opening basket and Lim helped his team secure a six-point edge, 23-17.

    Even as Barraza was benched after being whistled for a third foul with 8:13 left, Icure-JCA increased its advantage to 11 points, 31-20, on back-to-back baskets by burly Andrei Yu, a layup off a steal by Carlo Lim and a fielder by Justin Yulangco.

    Pint-sized Ike Lim, who like equally light Mikel Go collected five triples in Saturday’s contest, chalked up MGC-NLCA’s first trey to cut the deficit to eight, 31-23.

    Carlo Lim and Lao exchanged baskets as Icure-JCA maintained a 33-25 advantage. The lead was still eight, 36-28, on split freebies by Justin Yulangco when Barraza returned to action with disastrous results.

    Barraza was called for his fourth foul with 1:13 left in the first half before a free throw by John Angping cemented the halftime score at 36-29.

    Notwithstanding Barraza’s absence, Icure-JCA did not wilt and, in fact, even prospered for some time.

    It was up, 38-29, on a putback by Melvin Cawaling and a freebie by Yulangco, and the difference jumped to 16 points, 45-29, on a Janaro Bautista trifecta, as Icure-JCA commenced the third quarter with a 9-0 run for its largest lead.

    Ike Lim stopped the bleeding for MGC-NLCA with his second three-pointer but Icure-JCA’s lead was still at 14, 52-38, on a second putback by Cawaling and a split free throw by Yulangco.

    It was at this ...
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  4. SJCS, PCC, PACE REACH PCYAA ASPI SEMIS; MGC-NLCA FORCES RUBBER MATCH

    QUARTERFINAL RESULTS Saturday February 8 Venue: Uno HS Gym
    (1) Saint Jude Catholic School 83 – ( Uno High School 24
    (2) Philippine Cultural College 73 – (7) Saint Peter the Apostle School 43
    (3) Pace Academy 105 – (6) Grace Christian College 66
    (5)MGC-New Life Christian Academy64-(4) Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy 59

    Note: Saint Jude Catholic School, Philippine Cultural College and Pace Academy qualify for the semifinals

    QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE Sunday February 9 Venue: Uno HS Gym
    9:00 a.m. – MGC-New Life Christian Academy vs. Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy

    Note: Winner will qualify for the semifinals

    SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE Saturday Feb. 15 Venue: Uno HS Gym
    9:00 a.m. – Saint Jude Catholic School vs. MGC-NLCA vs. Icure-JCA winner
    10:30 a.m. – Philippine Cultural College vs. Pace Academy

    Note: Saint Jude Catholic School and Philippine Cultural College will enjoy twice-to-beat advantage

    SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE, if necessary Sunday Feb. 16 Venue: Uno HS Gym
    9:00 a.m. – Philippine Cultural College vs. Pace Academy
    10:30 a.m. – Saint Jude Catholic School vs. MGC-NLCA vs. Icure-JCA winner

    The top three seeded teams expectedly made short work of their opponents Saturday afternoon to reach the semifinal playoffs of the Aspirants Open Division in the 1st Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions held at the Uno High Gym in Manila.

    However, the No. 5 seed defeated the No. 4 seed to force a rubber match for the fourth and last semifinal berth.

    Unbeaten and top-ranked Saint Jude Catholic School toyed with winless and eighth seed Uno High School in posting an 83-24 decision to reach the semifinals armed with a twice-to-beat advantage against the winner of the No. 5 seed Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy vs.No. 4 seed Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy series that will be determined Sunday morning.

    The Judenites never look back after racing to a 10-0 lead on a field goal by Calvin Uy, a triple by Patrick Go and a pair of fielders by Bentley Tia. Uno was within six points, 19-13, early in the second quarter when St. Jude scored eight consecutive markers, including six by Joao Filipino to move ahead, 27-13.

    Following a basket by Uno’s Hans Chen, 27-15, St. Jude detonated a 25-0 bomb (eight by Uy, six by Tia and five by Gian King) bridging the second and third quarters that totally wiped out the Uneans, 52-15.

    The Judenites limited their foes to single-digit scoring in the last three 10-minute quarters – four points in the second quarter (from 18-11 to 37-15), three in the third period (64-1, and six in the fourth quarter for an 83-24 success.

    Four players scored in twin figures for 8-0 SJCS – Filipino, 13 points; Uy, 13; King, 11; and Tia, 10. Tia also plucked down nine rebounds and Filipino collected three steals.

    Uno, which dropped all its eight assignments in the six-week tournament for players aged 13-and-under, was led by big boy Jeremy Wu’s six points. Matthew Vistan and Adrian Ramos each knocked in a triple and had five markers apiece for the losing team.

    Boxscore: SJCS (83) – Christian Lim 6, Gian King 11, Josiah Filipino 6, John Kyle Nolasco 6, Calvin Uy 13, Joao Filipino 13, Kyle Tan 3, Bentley Tia 10, Bryan Haw 3, Kevin Dela Cruz 2, Kyle Gan 0, Patrick Go 5, Anson Ty 1 and John Zhuang 4. Uno HS (24) – Matthew Vistan 5, Gherson Lu 0, Charles Tiu 0, Warren Tan 2, Jeremy Wu 6, Seth Co 0, Steven Cai 0, Hans Chen 3, Gian Chung 0, Jackson Yu 0, Adrian Ramos 5, Sean Tan 0, Timothy Tan 0, Albert Garcia 0 and Jerome Sy 3.

    * * *

    No. 2 seed Philippine Cultural College, which like St. Jude will have a twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinals against No. 3 seed Pace Academy, utilized its regulars sparingly and relied heavily on its shocktroopers in spanking No. 7 Saint Peter the Apostle School, 73-43.

    The Seagulls got off to a 19-point advantage, 23-4, after the first 10 minutes behind nine points by Angelo Tan and four each by Celdran Lao, Edge Sy and Rafael Pangilinan while first-stringers John Santos, Daniel Manalang, Jharles Uy and Lian Dy watched the action from the bench.

    Marksmen Uy and Dy actually were in the sidelines for the entire first half when PCC zoomed to a 43-17 advantage. Santos tallied 10 points during the second quarter while Elijah Sy kept St. Peter above sea level with three triples in the second period and 11 scores overall after the first 20 minutes.

    Santos tossed in his sixth and final fielder as PCC completed the third quarter with a 55-29 edge following a 12-12 standoff during the period.

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  5. PCYAA STARS ON THE RISE

    Attention, scouts for high school teams in the Metro Manila area. Here's a great opportunity for you to size up the top elementary student athletes aged 13-and-under that are seeing action in the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) Aspirants basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym in Manila.

    The quarterfinal playoffs, featuring all eight member schools, will unwrap on Saturday, February 8.

    The pairings are: No. 1 seed Saint Jude Catholic School (7-0) vs. No. 8 seed Uno High School (0-7), No. 2 seed Philippine Cultural College (6-1) vs. No. 7 seed Saint Peter the Apostle School (1-6), No. 3 seed Pace Academy (5-2) vs. No. 6 seed Grace Christian College (2-5) and No. 4 seed Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy (4-3) vs. No. 5 seed Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (3-4).

    The top four seeds own a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective foes.

    The four quarterfinal winners subsequently will advance to the semifinals, where first- and second-seeded teams will also enjoy a twice-to-beat incentive. However, if No. 1 and/or No. 2 drop their quarterfinal series, their opponents will assume the twice-to-beat advantage in the semis.

    The semifinal victors will clash for the PCYAA Aspirants championship in a best-of-three series. A third-place game will also be played between the semifinal losers.

    The players to watch on Saturday include Carlo Lim and Kyle Barraza of Icure-JCA; Jharles Uy, Daniel Manalang and Lian Dy of Philippine Cultural College; Getson Lim, Jeff Lugay and Pol Antiporda of Pace Academy; Joao Filipino and Calvin Uy of host St. Jude Catholic School; and Sebastian Choi of Grace Christian College.

    Muscle-bound Carlo Lim is a rugged swingman with his no-fear barrelling drives. The tournament’s leading scorer with a 21.6-point clip, his never-say-die spirit reminds one of a young Robert Jaworski (insofar as playing style is concerned).

    Lim was the only player in the tournament to score in twin figures in each of his seven appearances in the PCYAA elimination phase, collecting 15, 30, 28, 25, 27, 11 and 15 points.

    Last November, Carlo earned Most Valuable Player honors when he powered Jubilee Christian Academy to the 13-and-under Elementary Boys Division title in the Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA) basketball competitions with a perfect 8-0 record. In the finals, a 73-44 rout of Angelicum College, he came up with an 18-point, 7-assist, 6-rebound performance.

    The PCC Seagulls’ rotation is built around shooters Jharles Uy, a potent long-range specialist, and Lian Dy, and Twin Towers John Santos and Daniel Manalang.

    The reed-thin but stratospheric Manalang is among the league leaders in rebounds and blocked shots. He could develop into a young Gabriel Banal and be an intimidating force in high school with some post-up moves once he learns to be more focused and less playful on the floor.

    Pace Academy’s Getson Lim, the league’s No. 2 scorer at 17.9 ppg, is the traditional Goliath-like big fella with a menacing physique. He scores heavily around the paint and corrals rebounds like apples for the picking. He owns the highest single-game scoring effort in the tournament with 39 points in an 83-73 victory over Grace Christian College.

    Whereas Getson dominates around the paint, his teammate Lugay does his job from the outside. Norming a league third-best 17 points every time out, Lugay once knocked in a tournament-high seven three-pointers in the Pacers’ 71-68 triumph over Icure-JCA.

    St. Jude Catholic School swept the elimination round mainly on the three-pronged offensive attack of hardworking Joao Filipino (15.3 ppg), Calvin Uy (14.1 ppg), another long-range expert, and Bentley Tia (10.4 ppg).

    GCC’s Choi is a cool and calculated backcourter with a workmanlike attitude. No frills, no acrobatics and yet he gets the job done with his 16.9-point average.
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