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  1. Tiong Lian Returns

    After a one-year absence, the Metro Manila Tiong Basketball Association returns to action this month with the staging of an 11-and-under tournament. Participating are host Xavier School, Saint Jude Catholic School, Hope Christian College and Grace Christian College. Saint Stephen's High School and Chiang Kai Shek College reportedly are also interested in joining the tournament for athletes age 11 and below. Meanwhile, the Juniors or high school competitions remain shelved for at least four years. This action is being taken to assure that the homegrown/recruiting issues that divided the league a year ago will be resolved by itself in four years.
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  2. Tiong Lian Suspends Play

    In a Tiong Lian Board meeting last night, it was decided that the league will suspend play next season. The decision came about after Xavier School and Grace Christian College, whose representatives attended the board meeting, simply informed host Hope Christian HS that they will sit out the 2014 season. Xavier and Grace actually did not file a leave from the league. Legal impediments apparently played a role in the decision to just suspend play in January next year. A leave or withdrawal by Xavier and Grace would have resulted in the dissolution of the league, which probably what the Board would like to avoid.
  3. 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA): SJCS, Uno Share Top Spot


    Juniors Division (double-round elimination phase)
    St. Jude Catholic School (3-0)
    Uno High School (3-0)
    Philippine Cultural College (1-2)
    Grace Christian College (1-2)
    St. Peter the Apostle School (1-2)
    Makati Gospel Church New Life (0-3)

    Developmental Division (double-round elimination phase; players age 11 and under)
    Grace Christian College (3-0)
    Makati Gospel Church New Life (3-0)
    St. Jude Catholic School (1-2)
    Philippine Cultural College (0-2)
    Uno High School (0-3)

    St. Jude Catholic School, Uno High School on Collision Course
    By Gameface

    Host St. Jude Catholic School and Uno High School remain unbeaten in the Juniors Division of the 1st Philippine Chin Yuen Athletic Association basketball competitions with contrasting victories over their rivals Saturday night (Nov. 23) at the Uno Gym in Manila.

    SJCS easily defeated the Philippine Cultural College, 88-56, and Uno High School downed Saint Peter the Apostle Church, 64-54, as both teams improved their records to 3-0.

    In the final game of a tripleheader, Grace Christian College picked up its first win with a come-from-behind 69-65 decision over winless Makati Gospel Church New Life

    St. Jude was never threatened at any time by PCC, enjoying a comfortable 30-point (51-21) by halftime. After the Judenites took their largest lead at 80-37, the Seagulls went on a late 19-8 run to make the final count more respectable.

    Three players scored in twin digits for SJCS – Renzel Yongco (12 points), Francis Go (11) and Matthew Ang (11). Lester Cai spearheaded PCC’s cause with 14 markers. The Judenites will clash with Grace Christian College on Sunday before going up against Uno on Nov. 27.

    Uno struggled in the first three quarters, trailing by four (32-2 at halftime, before lanky Kenric Kok knocked in six straight points to gift the Uneans a 54-47 edge at the six-minute mark. SPAS came within two, 54-52, on a steal and layup by Chance Chung with three minutes left.

    Uno big boy Vic Sese, though, doused SPAS’s rally by knocking in his team’s final 10 points, including a pair of three-point plays.

    See wound up with a game-high 22 points and Clinton Chua contributed 17 for the Uneans, who take on winless MGCNL Sunday morning and equally unblemished St. Jude on Wednesday, November 27 (6:30 p.m.).

    The Peterians were led by Marton Chua (12 points), John Ouyang (11) and Armand Te (10).

    In a battle between erstwhile winless teams, Grace Christian College trailed Makati Gospel Church New Life for nearly 29 minutes and was behind by as many as 10 points in the early goings before taking its first lead of the game, 51-50, in the final seconds of the third quarter.

    MGCNL was still ahead, 57-51, when GCC’s Brian So knocked in a pair of triples for the first of four deadlocks in the payoff period. With the count at 65-all, both went 0-for-6 from the foul line in the final 2.5 minutes but putbacks by James Ung (at the 1:38 mark) and Tristan Hawson (with 4.8 seconds left) propelled GCC to victory.

    So finished with 23 points and Ethan Caseres totaled 13 for GCC. MGCNL was led by Andrei Angchua, 13, and Aaron Uy, 11, and Daniel Lim, 10.
  4. Xavier Quits Tiong Lian

    Latest Development in the MMTLBA

    According to a reliable source, founding member Xavier School will officially take a leave of absence from the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association next week, leaving the 43-year league with just three teams under its fold - 2013 champion Hope Christian High School, Chiang Kai Shek College and St. Stephen's High School.

    This stunning development may probably result in the demise of the MMTLBA, which traditionally commences hostilities in January of each year.

    Earlier this summer, St. Jude Catholic School and Grace Christian College also filed a leave. Uno High School withdrew from the league as early as before the 2013 season.

    The controversial recruitment issue has divided the MMTLBA member teams for the past three years, resulting in the departure of Uno, St. Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College, and soon, Xavier School.

    Hope Christian High School, which along with CKSC has relied heavily on recruiting Filipino players without Chinese roots in recent years, was to be the host team next year.

    St. Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College and Uno High School has since formed a new homegrown Chinese-Filipino High School league, the Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association, along with three other teams.

    De La Salle University downed University of Santo Tomas to romp away with the men’s seniors crown in the 2013 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball competitions.

    With a little bit of luck, the Taft Avenue-based school also grabbed the women’s collegiate championship after Far Eastern University, which appeared headed to a third consecutive title (including a 16-0 sweep in 2012), was forced to give up five victories during the double-round elimination phase due to player ineligibility violations and failed to advance to the Final Four playoffs. Vangie Soriano was rule ineligible for playing in a commercial league during the UAAP season..

    With the configuration of the women’s team standings, National University and De La Salle University finished the elims with identical 12-2 records, and the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University each wound up with an 8-6 ledger. FEU was relegated to fifth place at 7-7. NU beat La Salle for the top seed in a tie-breaker (the two teams split their head-to-head matchups with NU winning by nine points in the first round and La Salle taking the second with an eight-point margin) and UST edged Adamson for the third seed also via a tie-breaker.

    In the Final Four, the DLSU Lady Archers made short work of the UST Lady Tigreses with a come-from-behind overtime win while the NU Lady Bulldogs were extended to a rubber match by Adamson before ousting the feisty Lady Falcons to reach the finals for the first time in school history against last year’s losing finalist, La Salle.

    In the finals, La Salle took the series opener, 72-48, but NU bounced back to capture the second game, 67-52. In the deciding Game Three, the Lady Archers grabbed their first UAAP title since their “four-peat” feat from 1999 to 2002 with a 69-61 triumph. La Salle’s three-point artist Trisha Piatos was named the Finals MVP.

    In men’s basketball, the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers beat the DLSU Green Archers to become the fifth team in the Final Four era (beginning 1994) to snare the men’s diadem in three games after overcoming an 0-1 deficit in the beat-of-three finals.

    Significantly four of the previous 0-1 comebacks were registered either by UST – in 1994 and 1995 – or La Salle – in 1999 – all against each other.

    Before this season, it was UST that last turned in the trick. In 2006, the Growling Tigers defeated Ateneo de Manila University, 2-1, in the finals while their top bench tactician Pido Jarencio joined an elite group of head coaches that won the title in their UAAP debut.

    Poker-faced Juno Sauler, DLSU’s rookie mentor, followed Jarencio on the list this year.

    It was an uphill climb to the top by the Green Archers in Season 76.

    At the end of the first round of the eight-school competitions, the team was mired at the bottom of the win-loss standings with a fifth-to-seventh-places deadlock along with Adamson University and Ateneo at 3-4. The Green, however, completed the second round with an unblemished 7-0 mark, knocked off league Most Valuable Player Terrence Romeo and Far Eastern University to secure the No. 2 seed behind top seed National University, and then knocked off the Tamaraws for a second time in their Final Four duel to stretch its winning streak to nine games and reach the UAAP finals for the first time since 2008.

    During the three-game finals between La Salle and UST, an overall 67, 258 spectators trooped to the Araneta Coliseum for Games One (20,525) and Two (23,037) and to the Mall of Asia Arena in the decisive third game where a two-year arena attendance record of 23,696 was established.

    Much-heralded Jeron Teng, the Green Archers’ 6-2 sophomore swingman, stepped up during the titular series, averaging 19.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.67 steals and 0.67 blocked shots an outing to earn Finals MVP honors.

    Teng previously held the all-time high school scoring record in Philippine basketball history when he chalked up 104 points in Xavier School’s 164-74 shellacking of Grace Christian College in a Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association game on January 5, 2011. A 16-year-old junior at the time, Teng became the first HS player ever to reach the 100-point plateau.

    Last week, AMA University’s high school standout Clark Quijano torched Lord’s Grace Christian School for an eye-popping 120 points in a 166-85 victory in the 7th Mariano Bondoc Cup tournament at the Hope Christian Academy gym in Fairview, Quezon City.

    The 6-foot Quijano already had 100 points for the Junior Titans by HALFTIME – 59 in the first quarter and 41 in the second. He added another 20 markers in the third quarter.

    It was the highest-scoring game by a high school player in local basketball annals, surpassing Teng’s 104-pointer ...

    Updated 10-22-2013 at 09:41 PM by gameface_one

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