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  1. 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.
  2. Glory B wins FMC Div 2 Crown

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    Ateneo's Team Glory B hung tough against a talented Arellano B side to win the Fr Martin Cup Division 2 championship 107-100 on an overcast Sunday morning at the FEU Gym in R Papa.

    It was a game of runs and spurts, as both sides clearly came to play hard for the title.

    The B Eagles came out with an early 5-0 lead, but the B Chiefs responded soon enough. CJ Perez looked like it wold be a short morning for him, picking up two quick fouls in the opening period. Baby Beast was on-track early, taking it to the rack at every opportunity.

    Arellano however showed its snappy halfcourt game, going to the low post as 6-4 center Mark Santos had his way with some nifty hook shots against the man defense of KMark Carino.

    Anton Asistio found the range early from the three-point arc to make it 17-10 for the Ateneo, but 6-foot 2-guard Mike Calleta and 5-11 guard Mark Viloria responded for the Chiefs to bring them within two 20-18 to end the first period.

    That set the tone for the rest of the game, with the Ateneo racing to a lead only to have Arellano rally back and stay within striking distance.

    In the third period however, Glory B leaned on the scoring of Asistio, Perez, Dan Wong, and timely hits from Cole Micek and Shaggy Allmond, Jr. Asistio was having a dickens of a time trying to keep up with the tough, strong guards of Arellano, but Micek and Allmond were able to provide a stronger match-up on defense.

    Big men Kris Porter, Tim Cu, and Jay Javelosa took turns manning the low blocks and the lane, and matching up against Santos and the other Arellano forwards. Javelosa however had to miss the payoff fourth period after taking a couple of knees to both thighs. Ateneo held a 79-70 advantage at the end of three quarters. At this point Asistio had already tallied 32 points, and he was not yet done.

    Arellano kept trying to fight back behind Calleta, Viloria and Santos, even briefly taking the lead at 81-82 early in the fourth period.

    Asistio however decided to put on a shooting clinic, giving the lead back to the Ateneo and even padding it, with help from the high-flying, all-motor rack attacks of Perez. "Parang (Gabe) Norwood, kompleto atake, medyo kelangan lang maka-develop ng jumpshot," remarked basketball legend and Arellano head coach Jerry Codinera after the game, when asked about Perez.

    Arellano came within 102-100 with still a minute and change to go. Steady freethrow shooting however preserved the victory for the Ateneo.

    Perez had a tournament-high 45 points, Perez added 20.

    Calleta led the B Chiefs with 25 markers, with 14 from Viloria.

    This is now Glory B head coach Yuri Escueta's third championship, same with Tomas Ramos and Mark Gamboa. It is the team's second title for the semester.
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  3. 2015 MASA Basketball: Hope Takes Care of Saint Jude

    Most observers thought Saint Jude Catholic School would give Hope Christian High School stiff competition in what was billed as a preview of the finals of the 18th Metropolitan Amateur Sports Association high school basketball tournament during their encounter last Sunday.
    The game between unblemished teams was even held at the Judenites’ home floor in an 11th hour change in venue and three of their prominent veteran players were making their first appearance in the six-week roundball conclave.
    Still, the aforementioned developments turned out to be of no consequence.
    The SJCS faithful in the sparse crowd went home disappointed as Hope Christian bamboozled its way to an easy 69-56 decision over the Judenites.
    The final score actually did not indicate how lopsided the match was.
    The Warriors, who raised their record to 4-0 in the double-round elimination phase of the six-school tournament that also features Saint Stephen’s High School, Philippine Academy of Sakya, Philadelphia High School and host Philippine Cultural College, took control early and never were threatened at any time.
    Notwithstanding the debut of veteran Judenites Maynard Yap, Matthew Ang and Lance Chan, Hope Christian raced to a 33-6 lead after the first 10 minutes as nine Warriors punched their name in the scoreboard, led by Carlo Carino’s two triples and eight points.
    With the offensive avalanche that hit them early, the troops of coach Luis Nolasco were unable to mount any meaningful comeback thereafter. The merciless Warriors even stretched their advantage to 37 points, 49-12, at the half.
    John Sacundo and Mac Jacob each had six markers in the second period while the stocky Ang tallied eight of Saint Jude’s 12 first-half scores.
    Ang knocked in a pair of triples and 14-year-old Mallechi Lim tallied six points in the third canto as the Judenites sought any form of intervention from the Patron Saint of the Hopeless to no avail.
    Hope Christian, behind six points by Ron Heras, was still up by 30, 64-34, entering the payoff quarter.
    Lim connected on three triples and Yap collected eight markers in the final period but the closest that the Judenites came within was 13, 69-56, with two minutes left.
    Sacundo and Jacob each finished with 12 points for Hope Christian HS, which also got nine scores from Heras and eight each from Carino and Carmelo Noblefrancia.
    Ang, who along with Yap and Chan sat out the team’s first three assignments, was the Judenites’ high point man with 16. Lim and Yap were the other double-digit scorers for the Mendiola-based school with 15 and 14, respectively.
    The weekend games in the MASA high school competitions are as follows:
    Saturday November 14 at the saint Stephen’s High School gym – Saint Jude Catholic School (3-1) vs. Philippine Academy of Sakya (1-3), Philippine Cultural College (1-3) vs. Hope Christian High School (4-0) and Saint Stephen’s High School (3-1) vs. Philadelphia High School (0-4);
    Sunday November 15 at Philadelphia High School gym – HCHS vs. SJCS, PAS vs. SSHS and PHS vs. PCC.
  4. 2015 MASA High School Basketball: Hope Christian HS Goes 4-0

    18th MASA Boys High School Basketball
    Team Standings - Hope Christian High School (4-0), Saint Jude Catholic School (3-1), Saint Stephen's High School (3-1), Philippine Academy of Sakya (1-3), Philippine Cultural College (1-3) and Philadelphia High School (0-4).

    November 8 Sunday Results
    Hope Christian High School 72 - Saint Jude Catholic School 56
    Philippine Cultural College 83 - Philadelphia High School 49
    Saint Stephen's High School 71 - Philippine Academy of Sakya 63

    November 8, 2015
    First Game
    Venue: Saint Jude Catholic School gym
    Hope Christian High School 72 - Saint Jude Catholic School 56

    In a battle between unbeaten teams, Hope Christian High School built a huge 33-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter and enjoyed a 49-12 advantage at the half before cruising to a 69-56 victory over Saint Jude Catholic School at the latter's gym along Mendiola, Manila.

    The Warriors got 12 points each from John Sacundo and Mac Jacob to raise their record to 4-0. The Judenites, who dropped to 3-1, were led by debuting veterans Matthew Ang and Maynard Yap, who tallied 16 and 14 points, respectively, and 14-year-old youngblood Mallechi Lim, who contributed 15 markers.
    Boxscore: HCHS (72) - C Carino 8, R Heras 9, C Benoza 4, M Jimenez 6, R Quiambao 5, L Jimenez 2, J Tolentino 4, J Sacundo 12, M Jacob 12, RJ Catalan 2, C Noblefrancia 8. SJCS (56) - M Lim 15, J Nolasco 1, P Go 0, L Chan 2, J Filipino 3, M Ang 16, R Shih 0, M Yap 14, K Tan 1, C Sy 4.
    November 8, 2015
    Second Game
    Venue: Saint Stephen's High School gym
    Philippine Cultural College 83 - Philadelphia High School 49

    Kimson Chen scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds and beanpole Daniel Manalang added 16 markers as MASA host Philippine Cultural College broke into the win column for the first time in four assignments with an 83-49 rout of Philadelphia High School.
    The Panthers, who dropped to the cellar with an 0-4 card, got 18 points from Philip Midel. His teammate Siam Dela Cruz was held to eight markers but he collected five rebounds and three blocks. Guard Ronnie James Yap chalked up seven points on 7-of-11 free-throw shooting as he went 0-for-10 from the field.
    Boxscore: PCC (83) - A Yu 0, B Gadingan 1, K Chen 21, J Santos 7, J Uy 2, C Lalo 7, J Garcia 5, M Manansala 7, R Wu 2, D Manalang 16, J Shi 7, E Ngo 4, J Uy 0, E Sy 5. PHS (49) - S Dela Cruz 8, J Liao 1, L Abaja 0, L Chung 0, N Santiago 3, A Co 5, C Nolasco 1, S Lim 0, R Yap 7, B Dela Cruz 2, P Midel 18, M Tan 0, W Lee 2, K Baybayan 2

    November 8, 2015
    Third Game
    Venue: Stephen's High School gym

    Saint Stephen's High School withstood a big fourth-quarter comeback by Philippine Academy of Sakya before pulling off a 71-63 win and lifting its record to 3-1 and a share of second place with Saint Jude Catholic School.
    Sean Ng paced the Stephenians with 14 points. Micko Tee and big man peyton Chan contributed nine points each and Dustin Yu, Franz Yap (who also grabbed seven boards and had four steals) and Luigi Laroco netted eight apiece in a balanced offensive attack.
    Sakya, which lost for the third time in four starts, got 29 points and 13 rebounds from John Cuyno, 11 points from Earl Yu and 10 points from Randy Erepol.
    Boxscore: SSHS (71) - D Yu 8, P Chan 9, L Chua 5, J Uy 4, F Yap 8, S Ng 14, D Sabado 4, J Lao 2, D Li 0, M Tee 9, A Teng 4, L Laroco 8, K David 0. PAS (63) - R Erepol 10, L Macadangdang 2, J Anggala 0, J Chan 4, R Valdez 7, K Labindao 0, J Ching 0, J Cuyno 29, E Yu 11.
  5. 2015 MASA Boys High School Basketball: HCHS, SJCS Stay Unbeaten

    Team Standings – Hope Christian High School (3-0), Saint Jude Catholic School (3-0), Saint Stephen’s High School (2-1), Philippine Academy of Sakya (1-2), Philippine Cultural College (0-3) and Philadelphia High School (0-3)

    November 8 Sunday Schedule
    Venue: Saint Stephen’s High School gym
    9:30 a.m. – Saint Jude Catholic School vs. Hope Christian High School
    2:45 p.m. – Philippine Cultural College vs. Philadelphia High School
    4:00 p.m. – Saint Stephen’s High School vs. Philippine Academy of Sakya

    Title favorites Hope Christian High School and Saint Jude Catholic School continued their winning ways Saturday afternoon (November 7) in the 18th Metropolitan Amateur Sports Association boys high school basketball tournament at the Philippine Cultural College gym, lifting their records to 3-0 with victories over Philippine Cultural College and Philippine Academy of Sakya, respectively.

    The HCHS bamboozled the PCC Seagulls, 72-33, while the SJCS Judenites survived a huge endgame rally by Sakya before winning, 51-45.

    Saint Stephen’s High School registered its second victory in three games with a 75-61 decision over winless Philadelphia High School, which shares the outhouse with host PCC with identical 0-3 win-loss marks.

    18th MASA Boys High School Basketball
    November 7 Saturday
    Venue: Philippine Cultural College gym

    First Game

    Saint Jude Catholic School 51 – Philippine Academy of Sakya 45

    The Judenites picked up their third win in a row against a gritty Sakya unit that did not have the word “surrender” in its basketball vocabulary.

    Saint Jude scored the game’s first six points and raced to a 9-2 lead after the first quarter. Sakya did not get into the scoreboard until John Cuyno hit a jumper at the 2:15 mark.

    Bulky Mallechi Lim knocked in the final five points – a three and a baseline jumper – of the second period to finish with seven at the half and lift coach Luis Nolasco’s troops to a double-digit advantage, 26-16, after 20 minutes. Lim, Joao Filipino and pint-sized Kiefe Chua each made a three-pointer.

    Just when Saint Jude appeared ready to put the game away, entering the payoff quarter with a 42-27 lead, Sakya came within four points, 49-45, with 33 seconds left on a 7-0 run (a James Ching trey and bucket and two free throws by Cuyno).

    Sakya failed to come closer following a Charles Sy error when Randy Erepol misfired on a pair of free throws with 20.9 ticks remaining. Saint Jude subsequently sealed the victory when Sy and Lim sandwiched a pair of charity misses by Filipino by going 1-for-2 from the foul line for a six point win.

    Sy chalked up a team-best 11 points and nine rebounds for the Judenites, who also got eight markers from Lim , seven from Filipino and six each from Adrian Pe and Chu (two triples) in a balanced offensive attack.

    Cuyno finished with 17 points and nine caroms for Sakya.

    Boxscore: SJCS (51) – M Lim 8, J Nolasco 1, P Go, 2, J Filipino 7, K Chu 6, R Shih 0, A Pe 6, K Tan 4, R Ang 0, A Tan 0, K Dela Cruz 4, W Ongchan 2, C Sy 11. PAS (45) – R Erepol 6, R Campos 0, L Macadangdang 5, C Maralit 0, J Chan 6, R Valdez 0, K Labindao 0, J Ching 5, J Cuyno 17, E Yu 6.

    18th MASA Boys High School Basketball
    November 7 Saturday Venue: Philippine Cultural College Gym

    Second Game

    Hope Christian Hugh School 72 – Philippine Cultural College 33

    Utilizing its full-court pressure at the get-go to fuel its fast-placed offense, Hope Christian HS held the upperhand from start to finish.

    Philippine Cultural College was so perplexed by the pressure defense in the early goings and found it hard to bring the leather to its side.

    With their big men like Ryan Quiambao (nine points) and Mac Jacob (eight) frolicking inside, the Warriors put the game away early as they held a 21-point lead after the first 10 minutes and were ahead, 42-16, at the half.

    The HCHS defense was so unforgiving that it limited the Seagulls to just five points in the third quarter to grab a commanding 58-21 edge after three quarters. The Warriors backcourt of Joshua Devara and Carmelo Noblefrancia showed all how an extra pass to a teammate could work wonders as Noblefrancia was the recipient of two successive gives from Devara in the third canto that produced a pair of easy lay-ups.

    A Devara bucket gave HCHS its biggest lead at 72-25 before Cultural made the final count more respectable by tallying the game’s final eight points on a pair of three-point plays by John Garcia and a fielder by Kimson Chen (his only scores in the lopsided contest). ...
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