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  1. 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association January 7, 2016 Opening Day

    Venue – Uno High School Gym

    Game Results

    Juniors Division
    Philippine Cultural College 60 – Grace Christian College 40
    Saint Jude Catholic School 65 – Uno High School 56

    Aspirants Division
    Grace Christian College 67 – Philippine Cultural College 48
    Saint Jude Catholic School 85 – Uno High School 45

    JUNIORS DIVISION

    Defending Juniors Division champion Saint Jude Catholic School registered a hard-earned 65-56 victory over Uno High School.

    Uno led by as much 11 points (21-10) late in the first quarter (which ended at 21-12) and was still ahead by 10, 36-26, with 7:21 remaining in the third quarter on a basket by Warren Spencer Tan when the Judenites detonated a 10-0 bomb within two minutes on three-point plays from both Lance Chan and Kendrick Ong and a Joao Filipino fielder to deadlock the count at 36-all.

    Following another deadlock at 38-38, SJCS outscored UHS, 6-2, the rest of the third period to take the upperhand, 44-41.

    Coach Luis Nolasco’s boys applied fullcourt pressure in the fourth period and never trailed thereafter as Chan exploded for 12 points, including a triple with 3:29 left that gave the Judenites a commanding 61-46 advantage.
    SJCS, which beat Jubilee Christian Academy, 2-0, in last year’s finals, posted its biggest lead, 65-47, before the Uneans scored the final points to make the score more respectable.

    Saint Jude, which kept top player Maynard Yap on the bench throughout the game for unspecified reasons, got 21 points from Chan, including 19 in the second half. Tree-like Kendrick Ong registered a double-double with16 points and 15 rebounds and Jared Filipino added 11 markers for the winning squad.

    Uno, which lost high-scoring Kenric Kok and Kyle Tan from last year’s fourth-place team due to graduation, was led by Warren Tan, who wound up with 19 points and seven reebies, and Kim Tanlo, who knocked in 12 scores, including 11 in the first half (eight in the first 10-minute quarter).

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    Host Philippine Cultural College led from start to finish in beating Grace Christian College, 60-40, at the start of Juniors Division competitions.

    The Seagulls were up, 16-10, after the first 10-minute quarter and took a 28-18 advantage at lemon time. They heaed into the final 10 minutes with a 40-26 edge.

    John Patrick Garcia collected 13 points, five rebounds and three steals for PCC. Michael Manansala, Rafael Pangilinan and Edric Ngo each contributed eight points and Kimson Chen struggled with his field attempts, scoring only seven markers, but he grabbed 12 rebounds and stole the rock four times. Beanpole Daniel Manalang had five blocks to go with his three rebounds, two assists and two points.

    John Lim paced GCC with 21points, 10 rebounds and four steals and played heavy minutes as his team did not have the services of high-scoring Sebastian Choi and Seth Sim due to health-related problems.
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    ASPIRANTS DIVISION

    Defending Aspirants Division titlist Saint Jude Catholic School whipped Uno High School, 85-45.

    The 13-and-under young Judenites jumped to a 13-0 advantage and was ahead from start to finish.

    If it's any consolation, Uno, which showed up with just eight players, outscored SJCS, 32-26, in the second half after storming to a 59-13 halftime lead. SJCS coach Joseph Guion kept skipper Kiefe Chu, Andrew Choa and Josiah Filipino on the bench in the third period, which Uno won, 18-5, after the trio combined for 31 points in the first 20 minutes.

    SJCS headed into the payoff period with a 64-31 edge. Chu finished with 22 points, including four triples and 14 scores in the second quarter. Choa totaled 19 markers and Filipino added 17.

    Matthew Lim topped Uno with 21 points, including 9-for-21 from the foul line. GianTimothy Chung added 13 markers for the losing squad.

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    Big boy Marcus Lu collected 16 points, seven rebounds, eight steals and four blocks as Grace Christian College defeated Philippine Cultural College, 67-48, to open the Aspirants Division competitions.

    PCC raced to a 9-0 getaway before Lu was fielded in to douse off the fire. GCC trailed by just one point, 14-13, at the end of the first quarter and was still down by three, 29-26, at the half when rookie Ren Cobie Tolentino went to work.

    Tolentino, a point-sized playmaker who was fielded in with a minute remaining in the second quarter, went to work in the third quarter, tallying nine points in a huge 25-10 turnaround by GCC during the stretch.

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  2. Season 3 PCYAA Goes Full Blast

    Season 3 of the Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) league goes full blast on Saturday, January 9 (10:00 a.m.), with the resumption of the basketball competitions and the inaugural staging of ladies’ high school volleyball.

    The PCYAA is composed of eight Chinese-Filipino schools in the Metro Manila area. These are Grace Christian College, Jubilee Christian Academy, Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy, Pace Academy, Philippine Cultural College, Saint Jude Catholic School, Saint Peter the Apostle Church and Uno High School.

    This year’s host is Philippine Cultural College, the school that produced all-time legendary Fortunato (Atoy) Co Jr., who later starred for Mapua Institute of Technology in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the fabled Crispa squad in the professional league and is now the head coach of the MIT Cardinals.

    There are four divisions in the PCYAA basketball activities, two of which will get underway on Saturday and the other two having already been completed last month.

    Upcoming are the Juniors (High School) Division for players aged 18 and under and the Aspirants Division for boys aged 13 and under.

    All games at the juniors and aspirants levels with a round-robin elimination format and Thursday-Saturday-Sunday weekly playdates are to be held at the tradition-steeped Uno HS gym in Tondo, Manila.
    Saint Jude Catholic School is the defending titlist in the Juniors Division, having whipped Jubilee Christian Academy, 2-0, in last year’s best-of-three finals en route to a lily-white 11-0 win-loss overall finish.
    The Judenites remain a solid contender for a back-to-back crown despite losing two-time PCYAA leading scorer Renzel Yongco to graduation. (The epitome of a legit student-athlete the 6-1 Yongco is currently on the reserved list of De La Salle’s University Athletic Association of the Philippines unit and is the lone player on its 18-man cast to be on the academic Dean’s List taking up a tough – hold your breath – Industrial Management Engineering).

    Key veterans Maynard Yap, a bull-strong scoring and rebounding wizard; Matthew Ang, Lance Chan and Kendrick Ong and rookies Mallechi Lim and Charles Sy are back for former Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Luis Nolasco’s troops.

    In the Aspirants Division, reigning champion Makati Gospel Church-new Life Christian Academy is bidding for a second straight championship.

    A year ago, it beat first-year (2014) champion Philippine Cultural College, 2-1, in the titular series behind streak-shooting Ike Jordan Lim, who finished with a 21.8-point average – second-highest in the Aspi division behind Jubilee Christian Academy’s Kyle Nathan Barraza’s 27.1 ppg.

    Lim is returning with MGC’s Aspi team this year while moonlighting also as a member of his school’s Juniors squad. Barraza, on the other hand, has moved up to JCA’s Juniors contingent along with his Aspi mates Janaro Bautista. The duo is expected to help out holdover Lanz Tan, a burly frontliner, following the graduation exit of main men John Miko Cheng and Paolo Ismael Lim.

    Expected to offer MGC-NLCA tough opposition in the Aspirants Division are Grace Christian College, which has Season 2’s third-best point-maker Marcus Nathan Lu (17.6 ppg) back in its fold; Saint Jude Catholic School and Jubilee Christian Academy.

    Only seven schools are taking part in the Aspi games as Saint Peter the Apostle School has withdrawn at the 11-th hour.

    The inaugural PCYAA girls’ high school volleyball tournament will have five entries – Philippine Cultural College, Grace Christian College, Saint Jude Catholic School, Saint Peter the Apostle School and Pace Academy – with a double-round elimination format and the top-ranked team automatically advancing into the finals.
    All volleyball games will be held at the PCC Main gym in Manila.

    Earlier last month, Uno High School downed Jubilee Christian Academy to retain the ladies’ high school basketball title and Saint Jude Catholic School swept Pace Academy, 2-0, in the best-of-three finals of the boys’ basketball Developmental Division (for players age 11 and under) for a second consecutive championship.
  3. Coach This 3

    Can you imagine that? In Black's six trips to the UAAP Finals, only Pido Jarencio, at that time a rookie coach to boot, beat him for the championship. Yet I'm sure even the most diehard Jarencio fans would never say that Jarencio > Black as a coach. In his 5-Peat title reign, only Lawrence Chongson of UE, hardly mentioned as among the paradigms of great coaches, beat Black (by a big margin at that) in a game in the UAAP Finals. Again, I'm sure no one would ever say Chongson > Black as a coach.

    The point I am trying to make is not to sing praises about the greatness of Black, or Tommy Manotoc, or Franz Pumaren, or Louie Alas, or the late Ron Jacobs. Many people, much greater than I, have already done that.

    Instead, what I submit is that, perhaps there really is no such thing as great coaches, so much as there are great talents put together on great rosters.

    Think about it. With the possible exception of Brown and Detroit versus the Lakers in 2004, and Ayo this season in the NCAA versus San Beda, the more talented rosters with the more talented players in aggregate, have won championship battles. And even in these two instances, the talent Brown and Ayo had respectively was nothing to sneeze at.

    Billups, Hamilton, Prince, and the Wallace boys were all star-level players, who had always been dependable, consistent producers on whatever team they were on. Ben Wallace was not much of a scorer, but his defense and board work were all star caliber, almost Dennis Rodman-like.

    Mark Cruz outplayed the more fancied Baser Amer in the NCAA Finals, using speed and a quicker pull-up. Running with Rey Nambatac and Kevin Racal, and even McJour Luib and Jomar Sollano, Ayo's boys proved to be the match-up from hell for the Red Lions who relied almost exclusively on their size and power advantage with 6-8 import Ola Adeogun and 6-4 forward Arthur Dela Cruz.

    Yes, a good coach would know how to maximize the talent he inherits from a predecessor, and then build his own roster over time. But again, it is not necessarily about just grabbing every all star available (see Jail Blazers of previous entries). It takes maybe two or three superstars, and a bunch of interchangeable, hardworking role players. Black did that first with Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao, and Chris Tiu. Later on he had Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, and Kiefer Ravena. Pumaren had Don Allado, Renren Ritualo, and Mike Cortez. Koy Banal and later on Bert Flores leaned on Arwind Santos and Mark Isip, with Denok Miranda and later on Jonas Villanueva.

    It does not necessarily come down to brilliance in the X and O, so much as brilliance in recognizing what will work best, and then building your roster to achieve that. Coaching becomes easier when you have the elite talent making your favored system working. "Maghanap ka ng magagaling na players, para dumali ang trabaho mo. Isipin mo naman, papano kung ang sentro mo 6-1, na may katabaan, mahina tumalon, mabagal. Kesehodang may good fundamentals 'yan, lalamunin 'yan ng 6-5 na atleta na malakas, kahit hindi magsing-ganda fundamentals nila. Matuturo mo pa skills eh, pano punwesto sa box out, pano mag-ball denial, pano mag-hook shot. Anong turo gagawin mo para maging five seconds or less ang baseline to baseline? Anong turo gagawin mo para maging 36 inches ang vertical ng isang player na 12 inches lang ang kaya?" expounded one longtime UAAP assistant coach and scout.

    I recall how Koy Banal, then the FEU head coach, discovered Arwind Santos. FEU went to Pampanga to take part in goodwill games. They played a Pampanga street ball team that featured the wiry Santos. He promptly made mincemeat of Leo Avenido, at that time the FEU star and one of the best players in the UAAP. Santos, a pedicab driver, without any formal, structured training and coaching, made mincemeat of Avenido, a well-trained UAAP star. Did Banal become less of a coach because he could find no solution for a natural talent like Santos? Santos is now a bona fide PBA superstar and an MVP. Does anyone even know what has become of Avenido?

    Eric Altamirano was a champion coach last year. This year he lost two of his starters, and his chief backup at center, and he went 7-7, barely making the Final 4. He was hailed as a genius last season. Has he suddenly become a fool this season?

    Juno Sauler was a champion coach two seasons ago. Again, he lost a lot of key personnel, and he went 6-8 this season, not even making the Final 4. Was he a genius two seasons ago and suddenly a fool now?

    Black's Meralco squad is the worst team in the onging PBA conference. Are we to hold this conference as the ultimate judgement of Black's entire coaching career?

    Baldwin, Pumaren, Ayo are in the UAAP. Will they automatically be three of the Final 4? I wouldn't hold my breath on that one.

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  4. Farewell, Lim Eng Beng: Color It Green Up There

    Amidst the festive mood brought about by the Christmas holidays, my heart is filled with sadness with the demise of Lim Eng Beng, the all-time De La Salle Green Archers great and one of the greatest players in the professional Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) history.

    I was one of those privileged to have known personally Eng Beng, who crossed the great Divide last Monday (December 21) at age 64 following a three-year battle with liver cancer.

    When I matriculated at the Taft Avenue-based school (then called De La Salle College) during the seventies, we somehow touched base as classmates during a Typing class. It was June 1972 – a memorable year considering it was months before martial law was declared and the Green and White institution began accepting female students (only ten got in that year).

    Eng Beng was a sophomore at the time and I was a skinny freshman frosh out of Xavier School. He sat directly in front of me as I watched him intently clicking on his old, battered typewriter with the aid of only four fingers – the index and middle fingers of both hands.

    Eng Beng was simply amazing with the basketball but one that distinctly distinguished him from other campus star athletes was his humility and low-profile demeanor. He hardly bragged about his hardcourt exploits. He never acted like a prima donna rock-and-roll star in campus even if he actually deserved to enjoy that status, having powered La Salle to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles in 1971 as a rookie and in 1974 as a senior. (La Salle was one-and-a-half decades away from defecting to the rival University Athletic Association of the Philippines at the time).

    Lim, who earlier starred at Chiang Kai Shek College in his secondary academic years, was one of the most-coveted prospects to enter college during his time – the other was Fortunato (Atoy) Co Jr., a product of Philippine Cultural High School (now Philippine Cultural College) who later hooked up with Mapua Institute of Technology in the NCAA in 1970.

    Lim and Co had earlier produced one of the greatest rivalries – or shootouts – in the Philippine-Chinese Secondary Schools basketball tournament, the harbinger of what is now known as the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA), which itself unfortunately has become dormant since 2014 due to recruitment-related issues.

    Lim steered CKSC past Co and PCHS in the finals of the 1970 Fil-Chi high school league even as Co copped the Most Valuable Player hardware.

    The NCAA wars were another major battleground for Lim and Co. Co again emerged as the league’s MVP in 1971 with Mapua Cardinals but Lim romped away with the title with the Green Archers as a rookie.
    In 1974, in his final year of collegiate eligibility, Lim registered a pair of seniors scoring records that remain unchallenged today en route to his second NCAA championship. In contrast, Co never tasted title wine during his NCAA tenure.

    The bull-shouldered 5-11 two-guard exploded for an all-time tournament high 55 points against Colegio de San Juan de Letran and also netted 54 vs. patsy Trinity College (now known as Trinity University of Asia) for consecutive 50-point feasts. That effectively shattered the old mark of 52 established by Knights guard Ricky Pineda in 1969.

    In 1974, Lim also averaged 30.9 points in 16 games – another NCAA record that still stands until now – as La Salle went 15-1 overall, including a two-game sweep of arch nemesis Ateneo de Manila in the finals where, in an interview more than three decades later, he revealed that members of a syndicate sought him to drop Game One of the titular series in exchange for P50,000 – a humongous amount at the time.

    Lim’s No. 14 jersey eventually was retired by La Salle and he went on to play professionally in the PBA with as much success.

    Heading into the 2015-16 PBA campaign, Eng Beng still ranked 52nd on the all-time scoring charts with 5,879 points in 416 games and 12 seasons (1975-84)/1986 with Carrier, Universal Textiles, San Miguel Beer, Crispa and Manila Beer for a 14.1 average (29th-highest among the locals). His career free throw percentage of .792 is 19th best in PBA annals.

    Beng subsequently was voted among the PBA’s 40 all-time greatest players and inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame.

    He was hired as Chiang Kai Shek College head coach in 2005 and mentored a then-unpolished big man Justin Chua, who later won a Tiong Lian crown in 2007 (under another CKSC alum and PBA veteran Sunny Co) and was a member of five UAAP championship units with the Ateneo Blue Eagles from 2008-12.

    I bumped into Lim several times during the 2000s and as late as October 2009 when he was still playing ball with his CKSC batch in an alumni league at ...
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  5. Coach This 2

    Where were we?

    Oh yes, coaches.

    Generally fans have this idea that the coach is the guy who crafts plays, shuffles substitutions, calls timeouts, gets in game officials' faces, during games.

    This is where these same fans get the mistaken notion that anybody with a modicum of game know-how could become a full-time basketball head coach.

    I am friends with actual coaches who have been doing this thing for years, a few of them have been at this coaching thing for decades, a number of them have even won major championships across the various levels of basketball competition in our country and in international tournaments.

    One common thing they tell me is that at least 80% of coaching happens away from the arenas and stadiums. 80% of the job of a coach is in practice, practice planning, breaking down game video, scouting, evaluating and trying to get good talent to play for them. Anything else that the fans get to see during games is probably the least work coaches have to do, because all of the real work happened during the offseason, or during the days leading up to a game.

    "A lot of people do not realize that coaching really is a full-time job, and it is not for dilettantes, it is something you constantly do, and you have to know your stuff," said a long-time Gameface member who used to coach a small Quezon City school. "Ensayo pa lang paplanohin mo mga drills, scrimmage, mga itatakbo ninyong sets, depende pa 'yan sa scouting report mo sa kalaban ninyo. Hindi 'yan kaya ng kung sino-sino lang," he exclaimed.

    Arguably however the one thing that seems to be most important to the success of any coach is getting the talent he needs to put together as strong a roster as he possibly can. And this is made easier if you are a winning program. "When we first came in back in the 1970's nobody wanted the job, because the team was so awful. Nalaman namin unang-una wala pala sa kondisyon ang mga bata, so imbes na ensayo, we got them into tip-top shape. Katwiran namin, how can we play a game that demands a lot of running and jumping if we get tired easily? Awa naman ng dyos nung nag-take over kami within one year nag-champion ang team," explained a long-time coach with multiple high school and international titles.

    When they won it became easier for talented players to come to their school and play for their team. "Dere-derecho na 'yon. Kahit hindi kami mag-recruit, lahat ng magagaling na bata gusto sa amin mag-aral at maglaro. You cannot win without talent. Papano ka mananalo kung lahat ng players mo 5'8" lang na mga lampa at mababagal? Tapos kalaban niyo lahat 6-footers na malalakas at batak sa laro? Hindi chicken or egg 'yan. You try to win first, because when you win mas madali na recruitment. And when you have the best player, you win more, you keep getting the top recruits, ganun lang 'yon," he added.

    And therein lies the crux of the matter. As with any other sport, in basketball, generally talent is directly proportional to success. Talent here means the talent of the players, over and above the talent of the coach. The coach does not play, and there is only so much he can do with a poor roster. He might make them competitive, but turning them into champions only happens in Hollywood.

    Again, look back on the last 10 UAAP and even NCAA champions. With the possible exception of this year's Letran Knights, all the other champions had the superior talent.

    In the NCAA, San Beda's title reign was interrupted only twice, this year and in 2009, when the San Sebastian Stags dethroned the Red Lions after a grand slam title reign. Even then, those Stags had Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual, Ian Sangalang, all of whom are legit PBA players now.

    In the UAAP, the Ateneo had five of the last 10 championships during their 5-Peat title reign. FEU owns two of those title, first in 2005 during the Arwind Santos-era, and now in 2015 in the Mac Belo-era. La Salle had that 2007 title, while Santo Tomas took home the 2006 title with a mature, talented, tall, and athletic crew led by then "veteran rookie" Jervy Cruz, Jojo Duncil, and Dylan Ababou, again all three are legit PBA players.

    Exactly how much of a factor were the coaches in each of those title teams? Could any other coach have handled those teams and gotten the same result?

    It might be instructional to look into the case of San Beda. Eight of the last 10 NCAA championships belong to San Beda, with the aforementioned Grand Slam, and their own 5-Peat title reign cut by Letran this year. They went through the following coaches: Koy Banal, Frankie Lim, Ronnie Magsanoc, Boyet Fernandez, and this year Jamike Jarin. Magsanoc in fact sat in a one-season "interim" capacity only, bridging the eras of Lim and Fernandez. So five different coaches win titles with basically the NCAA team that ...
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