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  1. PCC EDGES ICURE-JCA, GOES UP 2-0

    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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  2. 100-POINT FILIPINO BALLERS: PROLIFIC SALVADOR IS THE MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

    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.
  3. 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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  4. 1st PCYAA Basketball: 13-and-Under Aspirants Open Division Unwraps

    1st PCYAA Basketball Tournament

    ASPIRANTS OPEN DIVISION

    PARTICIPANTS
    Uno High School (UHS), Saint Jude Catholic School (SJCS), Grace Christian College (GCC), Saint Peter the Apostle School (SPAS), Philippine Cultural College (PCC), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (MGC-NLCS, Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy (Icure-JCA) and Pace Academy (PA).

    PLAYERS
    Born in 2000 or later/13 years old and under

    FORMAT
    Singe-round elimination phase among eight schools (seven games each); Quarterfinal playoffs with pairings of 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 and Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 enjoying a twice-to-beat incentive against their respective opponents; Semifinal playoffs with pairings of 1-8 winner vs. 4-5 winner and 2-7 winner vs. 3-6 winner and Nos. 1 and 2 owning a twice-to-beat incentive unless either one or both are beaten twice by their quarterfinal opponents in which case, No. 7 and/or No. 8 will assume the twice-to-beat advantage of No. 1 and/or No. 2 in the semifinals; and a best-of-three finals between the semifinal winners.

    OPENING DATE
    January 11, 2014

    GAMES SCHEDULE

    January 11 (Sat)
    12:00 p.m. – Philippine Cultural College vs. Uno High School
    1:30 p.m. – Pace Academy vs. Grace Christian College
    3:00 p.m. – Saint Peter the Apostle School vs. Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy

    January 12 (Sun)
    12:00 p.m. – MGC-New Life Christian Academy vs. SPAS
    1:30 p.m. – Icure-JCA vs. PCC
    3:00 p.m. – Uno vs. Pace
    4:30 p.m. – GCC vs. SJCS

    January 16 (Thu)
    5:00 p.m. – SJCS vs. MGC-NLCA

    January 18 (Sat)
    10:30 a.m. – SJCS vs. PCC
    12:30 p.m. – SPAS vs. Pace
    2:00 p.m. – Icure-JCA vs. GCC

    January 19 (Sun)
    9:00 a.m. – GCC vs. SPAS
    10:30 a.m. – PCC vs. MGC-NLCA
    12:30 p.m. – Pace vs. Icure-JCA
    2:00 p.m. – Uno vs. SJCS

    January 23 (Thu)
    5:00 p.m. – MGC-NLCA vs. Uno

    January 25 (Sat)
    9:00 a.m. – SPAS vs. SJCS
    10:30 a.m. – GCC vs. Uno
    12:30 p.m. – Pace vs. PCC
    2:00 p.m. – Icure-JCA vs. MGC-NLCA

    January 26 (Sun)
    9:00 a.m. – Uno vss. SPAS
    10:30 a.m. – MGC-NLCA vs. Pace
    12:30 p.m. – SJCS vs. Icure-JCA
    2:00 p.m. – PCC vs. GCC

    February 1 (Sat)
    9:00 a.m. – SJCS vs. Pace
    10:30 a.m. – SPAS vs. PCC
    12:30 p.m. – MGC-NLCA vs. GCC
    2:00 p.m. – Icure-JCA vs. Uno (end of elimination round)

    February 8 (Sat)
    QUARTERFINALS
    9:00 a.m. – No. 1 vs. No. 8
    10:30 a.m. – No. 2 vs. No. 7
    12:30 p.m. – No. 3 vs. No. 6
    2:00 p.m. – No. 4 vs. No. 5

    February 9 (Sun)
    QUARTERFINALS (if necessary)
    9:00 a.m. – No. 5 vs. No. 4
    10:30 a.m. – No. 6 vs. No. 3
    12:30 p.m. – No. 7 vs. No. 2
    2:00 p.m. – No. 8 vs. No. 1

    February 15 (Sat)
    SEMIFINALS
    9:00 a.m. – 1 vs. 8 quarterfinal winner VS. 4 vs. 5 quarterfinal winner
    10:30 a.m. – 2 vs. 7 quarterfinal winner VS. 3 vs. 6 quarterfinal winner

    February 16 (Sun)
    SEMIFINALS (if necessary)
    9:00 a.m. – 3 vs. 6 quarterfinal winner VS. 2 vs. 7 quarterfinal winner
    10:30 a.m. – 4 vs. 5 quarterfinal winner VS. 1 vs. 8 quarterfinal winner

    February 19 (Wed)
    FINALS
    5:00 p.m. – Semifinal Loser vs. Semifinal Loser (for third place – one game only)
    6:30 p.m. – Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner (Game 1, Finals)

    February 22 (Sat)
    FINALS
    10:00 a.m. – Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner (Game 2, Finals)

    February 26 (Wed)
    FINALS (if necessary)
    5:00 p.m. – Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner (Game 3, Finals, if necessary)
  5. HARRIS AND HACKETT: REMEMBERING THE 100-POINT PBA IMPORTS

    Browsing through the voluminous basketball clippings that I have collected over the past five decades, it appears there have been seven 100 points-or-more performances by a Filipino player here or abroad and another two by foreign recruits on Philippine soil.

    The two “imports” with century-mark scoring credentials in the professional Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) league are Americans Tony Dwayne Harris and Michael Raymond Hackett.

    It was the 6-foot-5 Hackett who was the first PBA player to score at least 100 points, knocking in 103 for Ginebra San Miguel (the precursor of Barangay Ginebra) in a 197-168 thrashing of Great Taste on November 21, 1985 in a third-place game in the Reinforced Conference. Then 25 years old, the Jacksonville, Florida native went 45-for-56 from the field. Hackett already had 48 points at halftime then exploded for 33 in the third quarter.

    A product of Jacksonville University, the amiable Hackett finished with a league-best 50.5-point average in 24 appearances, tallying 50 or more in 10 of them, plucked down 20.5 rebounds and dished out 6.4 assists every time out to earn the conference’s Best Import award.

    Hackett was the second of two third-round selections by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1982 National Basketball Association draft but subsequently failed to make the grade.

    It would be nearly seven years before another import would score at least 100 points in the PBA.

    Harris, who was monikered “The Hurricane” for his offensive wizardry, chalked up 105 points for Swift Mighty Meaty during a 151-147 victory over Ginebra San Miguel in an out-of-town game in Iloilo City on October 10, 1992.

    Harris’ 105-pointer marked the highest single-game score by an individual in PBA history.

    The 6-3 Harris actually made a living from the charity stripes during his historic performance.

    While the then-25-year-old native of Monroe, Louisiana produced 27 field goals, including six from the three-point area, he also went 45-for-53 from the foul line.

    The enigmatic and flamboyant Harris already had 59 markers by halftime.

    That season, Harris additionally owned games of 98 (turning in the trick just eight days after his 105-point effort), 87 and 82 points en route to averaging 60.7 scores, 11.4 rebounds and 8.1 assists a game and powering the Mighty Meaties to the 1992 Third Conference diadem with a 4-0 sweep of 7-Up in the finals.

    For good measure, Harris, who scored 60 or more in 11 of his 23 assignments, romped away with the conference’s Best Import honor.

    Harris, whose U.S. collegiate odyssey brought him to Lamar University, Johnson County (Kansas) Community College, Delgado (Louisiana) Community College, Southwest Mississippi Junior College and the University of New Orleans during the mid-1980s, was never drafted by any NBA franchise in 1990 upon graduation.

    But he found a way to earn a pair of 10-day deals with the Philadelphia 76ers in January-February 1991 after toiling in the defunct Continental Basketball Association, appearing six games with the Quaker City squad.

    After his PBA stint, the high-flying Harris rejoined the NBA with another pair of 10-day contracts with the Boston Celtics in March 1994. That same year, he opened the new 1994-95 season again in Beantown.

    Overall, Harris played 14 games in three NBA seasons with a 4.9-point clip.
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