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  1. 8th QCAA WRAP-UP: SHAN A Big Winner

    Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches was a big winner in the 8th Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA) basketball competitions, romping away with two of the five divisional championships at stake during the tournament’s final playdate last Sunday November 16 at the Saint Claire School Gym.

    The Bruins first topped the 13 years-and-under Boys Elementary Division with a 78-68 victory over the 2013 titlist Jubilee Christian Academy.

    Gabriel Paolo Salazar knocked in three triples and scored 24 points for and pint-sized playmaker Jon Lex contributed 20 markers, grabbed nine rebounds and three assists for SHAN to earn Most Valuable Player honors. Two other Bruins registered a double double with Andre Rafael Tuazon collecting 11 points and 10 rebounds and Francisco Mark Clarino getting 10 markers and 11 reebies.

    JCA was bannered by veterans Kyle Barraza and Janaro Bautista, who tallied 18 and 14 points, respectively. Barraza, the team’s No. 1 scorer in the tournament, also plucked down five boards but was limited to 22 minutes after being abruptly substituted on three occasions due to cramps.

    SHAN also snared the Boys High School Competitive diadem for the second time in three seasons with a pulsating 81-80 triumph over Mother of Perpetual Help School. The Bruins of head coach Mario Ballesteros were ahead for much of the game before MPHS forced an 80-80 deadlock with 21.1 seconds left. Digio split his pair of free throws 15 seconds later to give SHAN back the lead, 81-80. MPHS had a golden opportunity to steal the nerve-wracking contest but Debbie Arabis muffed a pair of charity shots with 2.4 ticks left.

    Heady backcourter Earl Salazar chalked up 31 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in 38 minutes for SHAN to grab the MVP award. Robert De Guzman, who along with Salazar kept the Bruins afloat with a 10-0 run after MPHS mounted a huge rally late in the third period to momentarily seize a 49-48 lead, added 24 scores and seven boards.

    Like its younger (13-and-under) counterparts, SHAN took the title with an unbeaten record.

    Big man Gerald Junio nearly registered a triple-double with MPHS with 23 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks. Three of his teammates also scored in twin digits – William Prudente, 22 points; Arabis, 15 (and 11 rebounds); and Lopez, 12.
    Meanwhile, Angelicum College won its sixth consecutive championship in the Girls High School Division with an easy 82-51 victory over Jubilee Christian Academy.

    JCA scored the game’s first twinner before the unblemished Lady Roebucks put up 18 unanswered points to leave their opponents behind for good.

    Baby Charmaine Torres, a graduating YS-11 student, was voted the tournament’s MVP for the third year in a row with 25 points and 10 rebounds for Angelicum. Joanna Lucia Ecaldre, also a senior, fouled out with 23 scores in 20 minutes; Eunice Torrente totaled 11 points; and Del Poso had nine markers and a game-high 22 boards for the leady troops of veteran head mentor Eli Chua.

    JCA got 23 points and seven rebounds from Mythical Five selection Julisha Yulangco; 15 points and six reebies from Sandra Villacruz; and four points and 14 rebounds from Kimberly Ong.

    In the 12 years-and-under Boys Elementary Division, Kings Montessori School defeated Ateneo de Manila Team B, 65-41.

    The KMS Vikings were led by MVP Gabrielle Dan Gamboa’s 17 points and four steals, Yuan Jerico Camay’s 16 points, and Lance Andrei Bracino’s 13 scores.

    Luis Anthony Torralba scored 13 points and Kevin Riley Herrera collected 10 points and 19 rebounds in a losing effort for the Blue Eaglets.
    In the Boys High School Developmental Division, International Christian School completed an unbeaten campaign with an 82-56 rout of Saint Claire School.

    ICS jumped to a 42-25 halftime advantage and never looked back as six players scored in double figures in a balanced offense. Eugene Cabauatan, 16 points; Lhudwig Antipuesto, 13; Lloyd Danric Roxas, 13; Jerico Cortez, 12; Evan Delos Reyes, 10; and Mohammad Salik, 10.

    Saint Claire was powered by frontliner Mark Gabriel Zapata, who tallied 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds; and Big Fella Jopet Soriano, who also posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 reebies along with four blocks. Joquin Antonio Bravo was the only other Saint Claire player with a twin-figure score at 11.
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  2. All Set for 8th QCAA Basketball Finals

    All roads lead to the Saint Claire High School Gym along West Avenue for the 8th Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA) basketball finals on Sunday, November 16.

    The championship hardware is at stake in each of the five divisions of the 2.5-month basketball competitions supported by Goody Hair Accessories, Stik O, Chris Sports and Chef Classic Utensils.

    The quintupleheader begins at 9:00 a.m. with the 12 years-and-under boys’ elementary finals encounter between King’s Montessori School and Ateneo B. A year ago, Ateneo Grade School snared the title against School of Saint Anthony.

    In the Boys’ High School Developmental finals at 10:30 a.m, Saint Claire will tangle with International Christian School. The winner succeeds King’s Montessori School.

    At high noon, defending champion Jubilee Christian Academy and Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches will clash for the 13 years-and-under boys’ elementary crown. JCA crushed Angelicum College, 73-44, in last year’s titular showdown.

    For the Girls High School finals at 1:30 p.m., Angelicum College seeks to capture its sixth consecutive championship when it takes on Jubilee Christian Academy. The Lady Roebucks shellacked the Community of Learners Foundation, 68-37, in the finals a year ago.

    The main game of the quintuple finals bill at 3:00 p.m features Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches and Mother of Perpetual Help School for the Boys High School Competitive title. Last year’s champion was Saint Vincent School.
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    MASA ADVISORY - Due to conflict of schedules of some schools, all scheduled games for Saturday, November 15, at the Philadelphia High School Gym have been moved to November 22, also at the same venue. The Sunday November 16 games at the PHS Gym remain as scheduled.
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  4. Gadzooks! I've Been Drafted! (Part IV)

    Now let us take a look at how each team fared in the draft. First we compiled all of the draft picks taken by each team. Second, please note that we will not factor in if the team gained other players through trades. We will look only at the overall quality of the draft haul, as well as the individual players taken by each team.

    Barangay Ginebra - Greg Slaughter, James Forrester, John Usita, Alvin Padilla, Jens Knuttel

    Getting the 7-foot Slaughter was a no-brainer regardless of who was actually picking first overall in this draft. Ginebra already had a premiere big man before in Marlou Aquino and enjoyed great franchise success. Slaughter is a modern version of the original Skyscraper. Forrester remains an eyebrow-raiser what with all of the other, more polished, and more productive swingman-types still available at Number 4. Usita is another enigma and a likely project, but a huge one at 6-foot-8 and some 300 pounds. Padilla and Knuttel will most likely end up as practice players.

    Grade: A

    San Mig Coffee - Ian Sangalang, Justin Chua, Justin Melton, JR Cawaling

    Across the board the Mixers got arguably the most talented, polished and ready haul of players in this draft. Sangalang and Chua are college champions who know how to play and bring expansive skill sets to the 5/4 positions. Melton is a superb athlete at the pointguard spot who will need at most a year to a year and a half to acclimate to the PBA. Cawaling is a long, tall athlete with above-average perimeter skills; just don't make him guard Buenafe when San Mig plays Alaska.

    Grade: A

    Rain or Shine - Raymond Almazan, Alex Nuyles, Jeric Teng, Gayford Rodriguez, Ervic Vijandre

    Both Almazan and Nuyles are superb PBA-grade athletes at their respective positions and are ready to play right away. Teng will get his entire cotnract period to prove himself. Rodriguez and Vijandre could blossom into surprise packages under Yeng Guiao but will more likely end up as practice players.

    Grade: B+

    Barako Bull - Jeric Fortuna, Carlo Lastimosa, Darwin Cordero, Jet Vidal, Mike Silungan

    Lord only knows how much Ramon S Ang on the corporate side had to do with the draft day and pre-draft trades that led to this egregious draft haul for the Energy Cola. Lastimosa and Cordero have PBA-level talent and athletic ability but could sputter in this long-toxic environment. Fortuna, Vidal and Silungan will have to fight tooth and nail for contracts.

    Grade: D

    Global Port - Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia, Isaac Holstein, Nico Salva, Jopher Custodio, LA Revilla

    Talk about a youth movement. Team owner Michael Romero certainly brought in a good haul with this draft. They may not be quite as high-impact as the Top 3 but they can certainly play right away. It should be interesting to see though who between Garcia and Salva will punch Romeo first during practice. Coach Junel Baculi's blood pressure and well-coiffed hair will be worth watching throughout the season. Custodio and Revilla have better than even chances of getting contracts too.

    Grade: B+

    Talk 'N Text - JP Erram, Robby Celiz, Elliud Poligrates, Chris Sumalinog, Byron Villarias

    Bereft of any chance at landing any of the top tier talent, TNT took in players that at least they can use. Erram and Sumalinog reunite with their old Ateneo Coach Norman Black and Manager Paolo Trillo. The hot-shooting Celiz played against them in the UAAP. Villarias was with NLEX and thus has an MVP connection. Poligrates made a name for himself in the PBA D League where he had memorable matches against Villarias. Still, none of these guys are sure star material.

    Grade: C

    Air 21 - Eric Camson, Joshua Webb, Angelo Ingco, Randolph Chua

    Other than Camson none of the Express picks seem to possess PBA-level talent or skill. Webb is a great athlete with good size for a perimeter player but does not quite have the high skill set required at the position for the PBA. Ingco and Chua won't even get a practice contract. Well... maybe Ingco.

    Grade: C

    Alaska - Ryan Buenafe, Chris Exciminiano, Raymond Ilagan

    Reports have it that it was assistant coach Topex Robinson who lobbied, and lobbied hard, for the Aces to pick the star-crossed Buenafe. Playing in the Alaska Triangle should come easily to the high-IQ Buenafe. His physical conditioning however remains a key concern, as does his perimeter shooting. Exciminiano and Ilagan will become practice players.

    Grade: C+

    Petron - Sam Marata, Nate Matute

    Both of these guys will be seen in Petron blue polo shirts or shirt-jacks seated directly behind the Petron bench at the Patron section. They will be expected to clap for good plays and boo bad ...
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  5. Gadzooks! I've Been Drafted! (Part III)

    There was a good crowd at the Robinson's Place Manila for the 2013 PBA Draft. 44 out of the 84 rookie applicants were picked through seven rounds of drafting. While Rounds 1 and 2 went just about as expected, there were still a few surprises, and we will be grading teams in the next column.

    Meanwhile here is the complete list of who went where:

    Round 1

    1. Barangay Ginebra - Greg Slaughter
    2. San Mig Coffee - Ian Sangalang
    3. Rain or Shine - Raymond Almazan
    4. Ginebra - (from Barako Bull for Rico Maeirhofer and Willie Wilson) James Forrester
    5. Global Port - (from Petron for Yousif Taha) Terrence Romeo
    6. Global Port - (from Barako Bull for Denok Miranda) RR Garcia
    7. Global Port - Isaac Holstein
    8. Alaska - Ryan Buenafe
    9. Rain or Shine - Alex Nuyles
    10. San Mig Coffee - Justin Chua

    Round 2

    11. Global Port - Nico Salva
    12. Rain or Shine - Jeric Teng
    13. San Mig - Justin Melton
    14. Barako Bull - Jeric Fortuna
    15. Talk 'N Text - (from Alaska) JP Erram
    16. Air 21 - Eric Camson
    17. Talk N Text - Robby Celiz
    18. Alaska - Chris Exciminiano
    19. Rain or Shine - Gayford Rodriguez
    20. Barako Bull - Carlo Lastimosa

    Round 3

    21. Air 21 - Joshua Webb
    22. Global Port - Jopher Custodio
    23. Barako Bull - Darwin Cordero
    24. Global Port - LA Revilla
    25. Petron - Sam Marata
    26. Meralco - Anjo Caram
    27. Talk'N Text - Elliud Poligrates
    28. Alaska - Raymond Ilagan
    29. Rain or Shine - Ervic Vijandre
    30. San Mig Coffee - JR Cawaling

    Round 4

    31. Air 21 - Angelo Ingco
    32. Barako Bull - Jet Vidal
    33. Barangay Ginebra - John Usita
    34. Petron - Nate Matute
    35. Meralco - Michael Parala
    36. Talk N Text - Chris Sumalinog

    Round 5

    37. Air 21 - Randolph Chua
    38. Barako Bull - Mike Silungan
    39. Barangay Ginebra - Alvin Padilla
    40. Meralco - Mark Lopez
    41. Talk N Text - Byron Villarias

    Round 6

    42. Barangay Ginebra - Jens Knuttel
    43. Meralco - Ron Guevarra

    Round 7

    44. Meralco - Mark Bringas
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