3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association
1st PCYAA LADIES VOLLEYBAL
VENUE – All games to be held at Philippine Cultural College Main gym
FORMAT – Double-round elimination phase/top three teams qualify for the playoffs with the top-ranked team seeded into the finals armed with a twice-to-beat advantage; No. 2 team and No. 3 team clash in the semifinals with the second-ranked team enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage/finals to feature the No. 1-ranked team versus the winner of the 2-3 knockout game.
1-Philippine Cultural College (5-0), 2-Saint Jude Catholic School (4-1), 3-Grace Christian College (2-3), 4-Saint Peter the Apostle School (1-4) and 5-Pace Academy (0-4)
VOLLEYBALL GAMES SCHEDULE
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6
9:00 a.m. – GCC vs. PA (light-dark uniforms)
10:30 a.m. – SPAS vs. PCC
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7
9:00 a.m. – PCC vs. SJCS
10:30 a.m. – PA vs. SPAS
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13
9:00 a.m. – PA vs. PCC
10:30 a.m. – SJCS vs. GCC
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14
9:00 a.m. – GCC vs. SPAS
10:30 a.m. – PA vs. SJCS
(No. 2 owns a twice-to-beat advantage)
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17
5:30 a.m. – No. 2 vs. No. 3
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18
5:30 a.m. – No. 2 vs. No. 3, if necessary
(No. 1 owns a twice-to-beat advantage)
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20
X:XX a.m. – No. 1 vs. 2-3 winner, Game 1
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21
X:XX a.m. – No. 1 vs. 2-3 winner, if necessary
By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule
For a father, there would be no higher compliment than the one which came from a son. And that act of gratitude shown by the son will always leave a mark every step of the way.
This is what college freshman Marcus Jerome Ejercito, one of the players in the NCR team in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa held in Laguna last May, wants to impart on his dad who is a former PBA player, Gherome Eric Ejercito who played for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
Born Marcus Jerome R. Ejercito on November 4, 1996 in Mandaluyong City to parents Mr. Gherome Ejercito and Ms. Matz Ejercito, the 5’ 11” shooting guard from San Beda College is on his way to achieving his goal as one of the names to look out for in the collegiate basketball ranks.
Here is my interview with basketball’s future superstar Marcus Jerome Ejercito of San Beda Red Lions.
Paolo: What is your career high in points and what tournament is it?
MJ: In the Junior PBA I scored 31 points. I was a member of the Laguna team at that time.
Paolo: If there is an NBA player you wished to play with one-on-one, who will it be?
MJ: It will either be San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili or Houston Rockets’ James Harden. They are lefty and plays guard just like me.
Paolo: Who among the players you played with is the hardest to guard?
MJ: My dad. He is a tall point guard.
Paolo:What is your favorite shot?
MJ: Step back shot or side step shot.
Paolo: What exercises do you do and foods that you eat to be strong while playing?
MJ: Core and push ups, more on body weight. I eat steaks, more on protein and rice.
Paolo: How do you balance your studies and playing basketball?
MJ: There is time for basketball and there is time for studies. After practice, I do extra work then after that, the rest would be for school.
Paolo: What is your ambition in life?
MJ: I want to finish my school and also play basketball. I also want to have a business of my own.
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By: Tom Joel Paliangayan
Without their illing backcourt general Derrick Rose, Bulls’ Stellar rookie Nikola Mirotic covered the sore for Chicago Bulls as he blasted a career-high 27 points including his perfect six out of six shooting beyond the arc to pull off an upset triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies, 103-97, at FedEx Forum, Memphis, Dec. 19.
Jimmy Butler also contributed big with 31 points and 10 rebounds together with his series of short daggers at the crucial moments almost tying up his career-high 35 point break-out at their last game with New York Knicks.
Struggling Mike Conley of Memphis managed to produce 21 points with 7/18 outing along the double-double stats of Marc Gasol, 13 points and 10 rebounds but not enough to beat his older brother, Pau Gasol with 6 points and 11 rebounds in their basketball rivalry.
Bulls built-up a reachable nine point-lead with less than five minutes remaining on the clock courtesy of hard slashes and impeccable timing by Butler, 87-78 that put the pressure on the other side.
Home team Grizzlies trimmed down the gap little by little through younger Gasol’s might at the shaded area with more than 1 minute away but the white shirts failed to stop the heroic deeds of Butler down the stretch that sealed their loss.
Both teams started the opening quarter with the slow pace together with the bad start of the Gasol Brothers infecting the whole team that resulted to a low 22-20 finish in the opening salvo in favor of Grizzlies.
Grizzlies had their chance to come closer at the end of the first half but Mirotic’s hot hands from downtown executed well that lifted up their momentum entering the third quarter,51-43.
Aside from missing Rose, Bulls also lost their Power Forward, Taj Gibson due to sprained right ankle but still managed to keep up with the pace of Grizzlies inside the paint.
Chicago improved their standings with their 17-9 campaign after pulling down the soaring Grizzlies with 21-5 win-loss record.
“He’s not afraid. He makes tough plays, he hustles all the time, he’s never satisfied, and I love that about him.” Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau said about the impressive performance of Mirotic.
Editor’s note: Tom Joel Paliangayan is a 4th year high school student in Liceo de San Pedro. He is a qualifier for the RSPC in Lipa City this January for Sports Writing.
By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule
Perseverance and the will to win amidst difficulties are qualities that UE Red Warrior Lorenz Viajar has in store for his stint in this year’s UAAP juniors tournament. Let us take a glimpse of this future superstar’s preparations for his basketball career and more.
Born Lorenz Gerard A. Viajar on May 13, 1998 to Leon Viajar and Ma. Ophelia Viajar, this 6-foot-2 UE juniors stand out has a lot of what it takes to become the next basketball sensation in the country. Born in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, this shooting guard cager from UE has become a part of the top 10 players in Mindanao leg twice for the Junior NBA. He also received Jr. NBA hustle player award and Jr. NBA top 20 players. He also played for the Palarong Pambansa twice, and became a member of the mythical five in Balanghai Sports Elite League.
“The person who taught me to lay the sport is my dad Leon Viajar”, said Lorenz who scored his career high 23 points in a single game. In the NBA, he idolizes Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, while in the PBA, he looks up to James Yap. In the UAAP, his idol is co-UE Warrior Roi Sumang. “Being a student-athlete, student comes first. I make sure to follow my schedule and finish my school projects first before playing basketball”, added the beaming cager from UE. His goal for this year’s UAAP juniors basketball tournament is for their team to be at the final four. His ambition in life is to become a professional basketball player in the PBA.
Currently, he is playing for the University of the East Red Warriors. We hope that Lorenz can make a name for him and be an inspiration to every young Filipino that with perseverance and a brave heart, they can reach for their respective goals in life. Let us wait and see this upcoming superstar battle it out in the arena.
By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule
The Philippines is a country known for world-class sports figures like boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, kegler Paeng Nepomuceno, runner Lydia De Vega, the magician Efren “Bata” Reyes, and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. These athletes are products of hard work and training that they developed when they were still young. Such is the case of this upcoming star from Hope Christian High School.
Born Antonio Miguel Yeo Yang on December 26, 1998 to Mr. Anthony Yang and Ms. Cheri Yang, this Manila-born 6-foot-1 forward of Hope Christian High School
“My dad Anthony Yang inspired me to play basketball”, quipped the chinito cager who scored his career high of 28 points in the Tiong Lian basketball tournament. In their game against the Lyceum of the Philippines Junior Pirates in the recent MMBL tournament, he scored a team best 19 points as they routed their opponent, 95-65.
In the NBA, he looks up to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard and five time NBA Finals champion Kobe Bean Bryant, while in the PBA, he likes Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. In the collegiate ranks, he likes Clint Dolinguez, an Alumnus of HSCHS, who now plays for Ateneo Blue Eagles. Anton acknowledges the fact that the basketball program of HCHS is still the best, and the team is still in the process of rebuilding.
Aside from basketball, he also likes swimming. He used to compete before as a tanker for his school. “I want to be a professional basketball player someday. I also want to be a businessman and a motivational speaker”, added Anton Yang who is now a fourth year student of Hope Christian High School.
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