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  1. 2nd PSSBC Finals: Baste Beats Beda in Three-Overtime Thriller

    Missing the services of meal ticket Arvin Tolentino, the San Beda Red Cubs lost their invincibility.

    The San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Staglets pounced on Tolentino’s absence with a thrilling, three-overtime 108-102 victory over their NCAA tormentors, the San Beda Red Cubs, Saturday afternoon in the finals of the 2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship at the SGS Gym in Quezon City.

    SSC-R, which lost twice to “five-peating” champion SBC during NCAA Season 89 en route to a third-place overall finish in the 10-team juniors tournament, was ahead by 70-60 with three minutes in regulation behind the shooting of backcourters Lorenzo Navarro and Ryan Costelo but costly misses by the Staglets from the foul line allowed SBC to come back. Red Cub Joshua Caracut subsequently made back-to-back triples to send the game into (first) overtime 75-all.

    Following a third trifecta by Caracut that gave the Bedans a precarious 87-85 edge with less than 20 ticks left in the first OT, Navarro hit a short jumper that equalized the count again at 87-all and forced a second extension.

    The Staglets were set to claim victory in the second five-minute extension as they led 96-92 with less than a minute left. But to the rescue once more was Caracut. He connected on just the first of three foul throws off an attempt from beyond the arc but following an offensive rebound by the Red Cubs, he banged in a buzzer-beating triple (his fifth since the final minute of regulation) to send the epic 55-minute match to a third OT at 96-all.

    SSC-R punched in the first five points in the third extension and outscored SBC, 12-6 to hold on to a five-point win behind Navarro, Rhanzelle Yong and Costelo as the Staglets handed the Red Cubs their first loss iin eight assignments in the three-week high school competitions.

    SSC-R wound up with a 6-1 mark, their lone setback coming at the hands of Xavier School (83-81 2 OT) in preliminary-round action.

    In the PSSBC finals, the heady Navarro registered a triple-double – 32 points (12-for-27 field shooting, including 4-for-13 from the three-point area), 11 rebounds and 13 assists – to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

    Yong, bucking an injury to his face early in the game, contributed 26 points and 21 boards in a game-high 49 minutes. Costelo added 22 markers for Baste, which lost to Hope Christian High School in last year’s PSSBC finals.

    San Beda produced five double-digit scorers in Caracut, 30 points (including 6-for-12 from three-point territory); Ranbill Tiongco, 19 points; Marc Diputado, 12 points; Javee Mocon, 11 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks (he struggled mightily in the final two overtimes, though); and John Gumtang, 10 points and 11 reebies.

    Hope Christian HS, the 2012 PSSBC titlist, whipped Mapua Institute of Technology, 90-82, to capture third-place honors. Three-point artist Jollo Go topscored for the Soldiers with 20 points.
  2. 2nd PSSBC Tournament: San Beda vs. San Sebastian in all-NCAA finals

    It will be an all-NCAA affair in the finals of the 2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship as San Beda College and San Sebastian College-Recoletos duke it out on Saturday, December 7, at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Manila.

    The “five-peat” NCAA champion San Beda Red Cubs, unbeaten team in the 11-team high school tournament with a 7-0 record, blasted Mapua Institute of Technology, 83-63, in their semifinal matchup last Wednesday.

    The Red Cubs got 19 points from Joshua Caracut, 18 points and 12 rebounds from Jayvee Mocon, and nine points and 10 boards from Arvin Tolentino.

    The SSC-R Staglets, whose only loss in seven assignments came against Xavier School (83-81 2 OT) during preliminary-round action, dethroned 2012 titlist Hope Christian High School, 110-107, in overtime in their own semifinal duel.

    SSC guard Ryan Costelo exploded for a tournament-best 38 points (surpassing by one De La Salle Zobel’s Renzo Subido’ 37 in an 82-78 loss to Ateneo de Manila in first-round play), going 10-for-11 from the field, including 6-for-7 from the three-point territory, and 12-for-14 from the foul line in 35 minutes

    It will be defending champion Hope Christian High School against San Sebastian College-Recoletos and unbeaten San Beda College versus Mapua Institute of Technology in the Final Four of the 2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship on Wednesday, December 4.

    Saturday afternoon, Tiong Lian titlist Hope Christian got a double-double from big man John Apacible (19 points and 15 rebounds) and double-digit scores from three other players (National University-bound Arjan dela Cruz (17), Jobert Mercado (15 and nine boards) and Jollo (10, including three triples) to register an emphatic 89-73 victory over its Tiong Lian rival Xavier School at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym to arrange a semifinal showdown with San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

    The Baby Staglets crushed co-NCAA member Jose Rizal University, 84-69, in their single-game quarterfinal matchup behind the 20-point, 10-rebound effort of Michael Calisaan.

    In the other quarterfinal contests, reigning five-time NCAA champion San Beda College picked up its sixth victory in as many assignments in thumping the reigning UAAP kingpin National University, 90-75, and Mapua Tech blasted Ateneo de Manila University, 83-71, to arrange a Final Four duel.

    Three NCAA member schools are in the Final Four.

    Hope Christian defeated San Sebastian College-R, 84-74, in last year’s PSSBC finals behind MVP Clint Doliquez, who is reportedly bound for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP next year.
  4. SBC Beats NU, 90-75

    Unbeaten San Beda College roared to a 90-75 victory over National University in their knockout quarterfinal match Saturday afternoon in the 2nd PSSBC high school basketball competitions held at the CKSC gym. With the win, their sixth in a row overall, the Red Cubs arranged a semifinal showdown with Mapua Tech. In the other semifinal pairing, defending champion Hope Christian HS will face San Sebastian College-Recoletos.
  5. 2nd PSSBC Quarterfinal Results

    nd pssbc quarterfinal results - SSC-R 84 vs Jose Rizal University 69. Mapua Tech 83 vs Ateneo 71. Hope Christian HS 89 vs Xavier School 73. Later in the day, unbeaten San Beda vs National University. In the semifinals, hope wil meet san sebastian
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