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  1. FCAAF 13-and-under Boys Basketball: Philadelphia HS Rips Uno HS, Enters Playoffs

    Philadelphia High School shellacked Uno High School, 68-31, Saturday (November 21), to snare the fourth and last quarterfinal playoff berth from Group A in the Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF) 13-and-under boys basketball competitions at the Chiang Kai Shek College Narra gym in Tondo, Manila.
    Lance Chung, who has just recovered from high fever, waxed hot in the first three quarters to finish with a game-high 18 points for PHS. Chung, who shot 7-for-13 from the field, knocked in a total of four triples – two in the first canto and one each in the second and third quarters.
    Philadelphia, which improved its record to 2-2, led from start to finish, clustering 14 unanswered points – a triple and a twinner each by Nevin Santiago and Chung and a fielder each by Keanu Baybayan and Justin Liao – to go ahead, 18-2.
    The Panthers were up, 28-5, after the first quarter as the Uneans could not buy a basket (all of their five points came from the free-throw line). Chung had 10 points, Santiago contributed seven and Klein Chua during the stretch.
    Uno, which was eliminated from playoff contention with a 1-3 mark, did not convert its first field goal until Timothee Tan knocked one in with 7:26 remaining in the second period and PHS ahead, 30-7.
    Philadelphia took the half, 39-10 – which was eight more than Uno’s final output – behind two Liao fielders and a triple by Chung in the second quarter.
    The Panthers headed into the payoff quarter with a commanding 59-16 advantage as coach Simon Sim emptied his bench by fielding in the team’s reserves.
    Overall, Philadelphia produced eight three-pointers – four by Chung and one each by Homer Tan, Santiago, Chua and Broy Dela Cruz (in the third quarter).
    The PHS youngbloods take on Group A leader Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (3-0) in their final elimination assignment on Sunday, November 22, without any bearing on their respective rankings. Other Sunday Group A games are Uno vs. Jubilee Christian Academy and Grace Christian College vs. Saint Peter the Apostle School.
    In other games Saturday, MGC-NLCA got off to an 18-0 start and crushed winless Saint Peter the Apostle Church (0-4), 73-32, and Jubilee Christian Academy (3-1) clinched second place with a come-from-behind 75-74 decision over Grace Christian College (2-2 – it owns the winner-over-the-other advantage against Philadelphia).
    Grace Christian owned an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter but Jubilee rallied to grab a 75-71 lead before GCC finalized the score with a triple.
    MGC-NLCA, Jubilee Christian Academy, Grace Christian College and Philadelphia HS join the top four finishers in Group B, led by powerhouse Chiang Kai Shek College, in the single-elimination quarterfinal playoffs on Saturday November 28 at the CKSC Main gym in Padre Algue.
    The top seeds in Groups A (MGC-NLCA) and B (CKSC) have a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents. The quarterfinal matchups are A1 vs. B4 (8:00 a.m.), A2 vs. B3 (9:15 a.m.), B1 vs. A 4 (10:30 a.m.) and B2 vs. A3 (11:45 a.m.).
    Chiang Kai Shek College will face Philadelphia HS in the quarters armed with a twice-to-beat edge.
    Statistics from PHS vs. Uno game:
    PHS – Lance Chung, 18 points and five rebounds; Keanu Baybayan, eight points and 13 rebounds; Justin Liao, eight points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists; Nevin Santiago, seven points (all in the first quarter) and four rebounds; Klein Chua, seven points, three rebounds and three steals; Cullen Co, six points and three rebounds; Linus Chung, six points; Homer Tan, three points; Broy Dela Cruz, three points and three rebounds; Michael Burga, two points and five rebounds; Raphael Goh To Kang, seven rebounds; and Drake Cabiltes, four rebounds.

    UHS – Matthew Lim, 14 points; Gian Timothy Chung, seven points; Timothee Tan, six points.
  2. 2015 MASA Boys High School Basketball: Hope Christian Goes 7-0

    18th MASA Boys High School Basketball
    Team Standings - Hope Christian High School (7-0), Saint Jude Catholic School (5-2), Saint Stephen's High School (5-2), Philippine Cultural High School (3-4), Philippine Academy of Sakya (1-6) and Philadelphia School (0-7)
    November 17 Game Results
    Venue: Philippine Cultural College gym
    Philippine Cultural College 59 - Philippine Academy of Sakya 52
    Hope Christian High School 84 - Philadelphia 40
    Saint Jude Catholic School 51 - Saint Stephen's High School 50

    18th MASA Boys High School Basketball
    November 17, 2015
    Venue: Philippine Cultural College gym
    First Game
    Philippine Cultural College 59 – Philippine Academy of Sakya 52
    The Seagulls, who picked up their third win in seven assignments, got off to a strong start, going up, 15-4, after the first 10-minute quarter as six Seagulls scored.
    They led, 32-18, at halftime, and headed into the payoff period with a 44-36 advantage before Sakya came within four points, 54-50, on back-to-back three-pointers by the league’s top scorer John Cuyno with 4:21 left.
    But beanpole Daniel Manalang, which played his best game so far in the tournament, and Michael Manansala came to the rescue of host PCC with five unanswered points for a 59-50 advantage at the 2:05 mark.
    The 6-3 Manalang finished with 14 points (nine in the fourth quarter) and eight rebounds for the Seagulls. Kimson Chen collected 10 scores, six reebies and three blocks and goggles-wearing Edric Ngo totaled nine points.
    Cuyno topscored for Sakya with three triples (all in the second half) and 17 points on 7-for-19 FGA. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Guard Randy Erepol had 16 points and four steals and Earl Yu notched 12 points and seven reebies for the losing unit.
    Boxscore: PCC (59) – B Gadingan 0, K Chen 10, J Santos 6, D’Lanor Tan 2, Jharles uy 3, C Lalo 2, J Garcia 5, M Manansala 2, R Wu 0, D Manalang 14, J Shi 0, R Pangilinan 4, E Ngo 9, E Sy 2. PAS (52) – R Erepol 16, L Macadangdang 0, D Paano 0, J Anggala 3, J Chan 4, R Valdez 0, K Labindao 0, J Ching 3, J Cuyno 17, E Yu 12, J Batu 0.

    November 17, 2015
    Venue: Philippine Cultural College gym
    Second Game
    Hope Christian High School 84 - Philadelphia High School 40
    Powerhouse Hope Christian High School cruised to an 84-40 decision over winless Philadelphia High School November 17 afternoon to lift its record to 7-0 - and three games away for a 10-game elims sweep that will earn the Warriors a free ride to the finals where they will have a twice-to-beat advantage and need only to beat the winner of the No. 2 vs. No. 3 knockout game once.
    HCHS led from start to finish, going up, 28-9, after the first 10-minute quarter and enjoying a 45-23 advantage at the half. The Warriors headed into the fourth quarter with a 73-29 edge.
    Mac Jacob topscored for Hope Christian HS with 13 points along with six rebounds. Under-16 National Team member Kris Harvey Pagsanjan contributed 10 markers, RJ Catalan added nine scores and seven rebounds and Ryan Quiambao also had nine points. Jonathan How nearly registered a double-double with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
    Philadelphia HS, 0-7, was bannered by Philip Midel, who shot 2-for-19 from the field and 7-for-10 from the foul line to finish with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Siam Dela Cruz went 3-for-13 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line to wind up with 10 points and six reebies. Ronnie Yap chalked up eight scores on a 4-for-10 field clip.
    Boxscore: HCHS (84) – J Devara 2, C Carino 7, R Heras 0, C Benoza 2, K Pagsanjan 12, M Jimenez 8, R Quiambao 9, J Tolentino 6, M Jacob 13, R Postanes 5, RJ Catalan 9, C Noblefrancia 2, J How 9. PHS (40) – S Dela Cruz 10, J Liao 2, L Abaja 2, N Santiago 4, C Nolasco 0, R Yap 8, B Dela Cruz 2, P Midel 12, M Tan 0.

    Third Game
    Saint Jude Catholic School 51 – Saint Stephen’s High School 50
    SSHS took the first quarter, 19-16, and the half, 29-28. Matthew Ang opened the third canto with a triple for a 31-29 edge by the Judenites but Deriss Sabado countered with a trifecta of his own to regain the upperhand, 32-31, for SSHS.
    Following a free throw by Dustin Yu for a 33-31 SSHS lead, Maynard Yap scored 10 consecutive points, including a triple that capped a 10-0 run by the Judenites that gave them a 41-33 advantage, their largest in the game.
    Saint Jude owned a 46-39 edge after three quarters but SSHS was back on the driver’s seat, 48-46, following a 9-0 blast by SSHS to start the fourth quarter with 5:05 remaining. Ang split his two charities and Mallechi Lim knocked in a short jumper with 39.7 ticks left as the Judenites inched ahead, 49-48. SSHS’ Sean Ng deadlocked the count a second later with a freebie.
    With 27.3 seconds remaining, Charles Sy broke the ...
  3. 2015 FCAAF Boys 13-and-under Basketball Tournament: Jubilee Whips Philadelphia

    Miko Johann Lim sandwiched a pair of triples with a long two in the pivotal third quarter as Jubilee Christian Academy broke away from a tight first half to register a 54-36 victory over Philadelphia High School Wednesday morning (November 1 in the Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF) boys 13 and under basketball tournament at the Chiang Kai Shek College Narra gym in Tondo, Manila.
    JCA, which improved its record to 2-1 in the six-school Group A competitions, raced to a 11-4 advantage at first quarter's end and was up by eight points, 17-9, midway through the second canto when the young Panthers came within one, 17-16, on Broy Dela Cruz's third and final triple of the game.
    Akio Yu scored on a bucket off a PHS turnover in the final seconds of the period to give JCA a 19-16 lead at the half.
    Following a basket by Roland Roldan to stretch JCA's lead to five, 21-16,
    Philadelphia HS again went on a 6-0 run as Nevin Santiago knocked in a triple then completed a three-point play off an assist by Justin Liao to give the Panthers their lone lead in the game, 22-21.
    JCA quickly regained the upperhand on a Mark Kho fielder, 23-22, but Liao split his twin charities to post the game's only deadlock at 23-all.
    It was at this stage that the Jubilee youngbloods broke the game wide open with a crucial 8-0 blast, including a three and a long twinner from Lim, and put together a 14-4 run that was capped by another Lim trey that gave his team a double-digit lead for the first time, 37-27. Raphael GohTo Kang owned PHS' four points during the stretch.
    Santiago, who netted nine of his team-high 10 markers in the third quarter, halted the JCA offensive rampage with his second trey in the period to trim the Panthers' deficit to seven, 37-30.
    However, Roldan hit consecutive fielders that increased JCA's lead to 11, 41-30. Dela Cruz went 1-for-2 from the foul line to pin the third-quarter score at 41-31. Lim and Roldan each tallied eight scores for JCA during the period.
    Liao opened fourth-quarter hostilities with a freebie, cutting PHS' deficit to nine, 41-32. But JCA again clustered seven straight points for a 48-32 edge that practically took the life out of the Panthers, who lost Dela Cruz in the early minutes of the final period with an injury to his nose that bled profusely after it was hacked by an opponent.
    Liao drove hard for a basket with 4:27 left, 48-34, but he failed to complete a three-point play when he misfired on the accompanying charity shot following a foul.
    Consecutive baskets by Kho put JCA ahead, 52-34. Liao, who shot 4-for-9 in his trips to the foul line, once again halved his charity attempts at the 2:05 mark, 52-35, but Julian Evangelista got away with a fielder as JCA enjoyed its largest lead, 54-35.
    Klein Chua, who hit his head hard on the floor during the early minutes of the second quarter, fired blanks on his twin free throws before PHS teammate finalized the count, 54-36, on a freebie.
    Roldan chalked up a game-high 17 points for JCA. Lim was the only other JCA player in double-digit scores with 11. JCA and Grace Christian College both sport a 2-1 record and will face each other on November 21 (10:30 a.m.) with the victor taking the No. 2 spot in Group A (and the loser dropping to No. 3).
    Santiago and Dela Cruz each netted 10 points for Philadelphia HS. Santiago also grabbed five rebounds and Dela Cruz had four steals.
    Liao finished with six points (four of them in the fourth quarter when the Panthers totaled only five), four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Center Keanu Baybayan had five points (all in the first half) and cleared the glass for 14 rebounds.
    In other games November 18, Uno High School broke into the winning column after three games with a 59-47 success against winless Saint Peter the Apostle Church (0-3) and Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy downed Grace Christian College, 60-52, to grab the Group A leadership with a 3-0 record.
    The Uneans owned a nine-member roster while the Peterians showed up with just seven players out of its14-member lineup.
    Philadelphia HS and Uno HS will duke it out on Saturday November 21 (8:00 a.m.) with the fourth and final berths in the quarterfinal playoffs at stake. MGC-NLCA takes on SPAS (9:15 a.m.) that same day.

    The top four finishers in Group A will join the top four finishers in Group B in the quarterfinal playoffs (November 2 that feature the following matchups: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, B1 vs. A4 and B2 vs. A3. A1 and B1 will enjoy a twice-to-bear advantage over their respective foes.
  4. 2015 Metropolitan Amateur Sports Association (MASA) Boys High School Basketball

    LEADING SCORERS (through November 15)

    1-John Cuyno, PA Sakya - 6 games, 119 points (25-0-17-29-24-24), 19.8 ppg

    2-Philip Midel, Philadelphia HS- 6 games, 107 points (20-22-28-18-11-, 17.8 ppg

    3-Matthew Ang,Saint Jude CS - 2 games, 30 points (16-14), 15.0 ppg

    4-Kris Harvey Pagsanjan, Hope Christian HS - 2 games, 29 points (19-10), 14.5 ppg

    5-Mac Jacob, Hope Christian HS - 5 games, 67 points (10-x-24-12-14-7), 13.4 ppg

    6-Luigi Laroco, Saint Stephen's HS - 6 games, 74 points (21-8-14-8-13-10), 12.3 ppg

    7-Siam Dela Cruz, Philadelphia HS - 6 games, 73 points (23-12-14-8-2-14), 12.2 ppg

    8-Ryan Quiambao, Hope Christian HS - 72 points (10-26-11-5-8-12), 12.0 ppg

    9-Mallechi Lim, Saint Jude CS - 6 games, 71 points (8-19-8-15-15-6), 71 points, 11.8 ppg

    10-Sean Ng, Saint Stephen's HS - 6 games, 71 points (7-22-12-14-3-13), 13.8 ppg

    11-Kimson Chen, Cultural - 6 games, 66 points (13-9-2-21-10-11), 11.3 ppg

    12-Maynard Yap, Saint Jude CS - 2 games, 21 points (14-7), 10.5 ppg

    13-Charles Sy, Saint Jude CS - 6 games, 56 points (9-15-11-4-11-6), 9.3 ppg

    14-Earl Yu, PA Sakya - 6 games, 56 points (14-5-6-11-8-12), 9.3 ppg

    15-Jharles Uy, Cultural - 6 games, 55 points (7-18-7-2-13-, 9.2 ppg

    16-Joao Filipino, Saint Jude CS - 6 games, 53 points (8-12-7-3-23-0), 8.8 ppg
  5. Hope Christian Seeks Automatic Title With 10-game Elims Sweep

    It happened in 1993 in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) seniors men’s basketball competitions when the University of Growling Tigers waltzed their way to an immaculate record of 14-0 during the elimination round to capture the championship outright under the now-discarded league rule for an unbeaten elimination-round leader.

    History could repeat itself in the 18th Metropolitan Amateur Sports Association (MASA) boys high school basketball festivities.

    A no-playoffs scenario looms as powerhouse Hope Christian High School is four victories away from completing a 10-game sweep of the six-team, double-round elimination phase that also features five other entries from Saint Jude Catholic School, Saint Stephen’s High School, Philippine Academy of Sakya, Philadelphia High School and host Philippine Cultural College.

    Barring any unforeseen circumstances, and a sudden change in venue, the title coronation will come on Sunday, November 22, on their own floor when the HCHS Warriors tackle the winless PHS Panthers (0-6) for a second time in their 10th and final elims appearance.

    Along the way, head coach Jerson Cabiltes’ troops will face the same PHS squad in their postponed first-round encounter Tuesday, November 17, at the Philippine Cultural College gym and then tackle Philippine Academy of Sakya Thursday, November 19, also at the PCC campus.

    Hope Christian will battle Saint Stephen’s High School on Saturday, November 21, at the SSHS gym before winding its schedule against Philadelphia the following day.

    The Warriors are built around heady and shifty Kris Harvey Pagsanjan, a member of under-16 Philippine national team that placed fifth in the recent FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia who made his MASA season debut last November 14 with a 19-point performance off the bench in HCHS’ 82-50 shellacking of Philippine Cultural College.

    Last Sunday, Pagsanjan netted 10 points in a limited role as the Warriors continued their mastery of Saint Jude Catholic School with a 76-49 success at the Philadelphia High School gym.

    Pagsanjan is ably supported by backcourters Joshua Devara, Carlo Carino and Carmelo Noblefrancia and frontliners Ryan Quiambao, John Sacundo, Mac Jacob, Rico Postanes and RJ Catalan.

    The final four MASA elimination-round playdates are as follows: November 17 – PCC vs. PAS, PHS vs. HCHS and SSHS vs. SJCS; November 19 – HCHS vs. PAS, PCC vs. SSHS and PHS vs. SJCS; November 21 – PCC vs. SJCS, SSHS vs. HCHS and PHS vs. PAS; and November 22 – PAS vs. PCC, SJCS vs. SSHS and HCHS vs. PHS.

    Hope Christian HS appears headed for a perfect season and second place is the only thing that Saint Stephen’s HS and Saint Jude Catholic School are fighting for.

    The Stephenians currently tote a 5-1 record while the Judenites, with two losses to HCHS, are third at 4-2.

    The two teams will duke it out twice this week.
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