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  1. 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA): SJCS, Uno Share Top Spot

    TEAM STANDINGS

    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.
  2. XAVIER CRUSHES CKSC, REACHES FINAL EIGHT

    Mammoth center Isaac Go collected 18 points, 15 rebounds and four assists to lead Xavier School to a stunning 84-63 victory over Tiong Lian arch rival Chiang Kai Shek College Wednesday afternoon in the 2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) held at SGS Gym in Quezon City.

    In addition to the 6-7 Go, four other Golden Stallions scored in double figures – Jarrell Lim (16), Tyler Tio (14), Korean Chang Gi Hong (12 and 13 rebounds) and Anton Lapez (10).

    Xavier School never trailed during the 40-minute contest, quickly establishing a 10-point lead (12-2) in the early minutes of the first quarter and thereafter enjoying a double-digit advantage the rest of the way, including a high of 25 (80-55) with 2.5 minutes left in the mismatch.

    The Golden Stallions picked their second win in four assignments in Group A to clinch a quarterfinal berth as the No. 3 seed from Group A. And following Mapua Tech’s 82-64 defeat of UAAP champion National University later in the night, Chiang Kai Shek College was booted out of the final eight.

    Following a tie-breaker among Mapua Tech, NU and Xavier, the Red Robins emerged No. 2 in Group A with the highest quotient system (plus 27), Xavier ranked third (minus 10) and NU (minus 27) slipped to fourth. San Sebastian College-Recoletos topped the group with a 3-1 mark.

    In Group B, NCAA titlist remained the only unbeaten team in the tournament after blasting Ateneo de Manila University, 98-52, for a 5-0 record in Group B. Reigning Tiong Lian champion Hope Christian High School placed second at 4-1, the Blue Eaglets ranked third and Jose Rizal University captured the fourth and final quarterfinal berth in the group with a 78-64 victory over De La Salle-Zobel.

    In the quarterfinals to be played on Saturday, November 30, at the CKSC Gym, it will be San Sebastian College vs. Jose Rizal University, Mapua Tech vs. Ateneo, Xavier School vs. Hope Christian HS (a rematch of the 2013 Tiong Lian finals) and San Beda College vs. National University (a battle between this year’s NCAA and UAAP champions).


    TEAM STANDINGS

    GROUP A

    *San Sebastian College Recoletos (3-1)
    *Mapua Institute of Technology (2-2)
    *Xavier School (2-2)
    *National University (2-2)
    Chiang Kai Shek College (1-3)

    MIT (plus 27), XS (minus 10) and NU (minus 17) to break a three-way tie

    GROUP B

    San Beda College (5-0)
    Hope Christian High School (4-1)
    Ateneo de Manila University (3-2)
    Jose Rizal University (2-3)
    De La Salle-Zobel (1-4)
    St. Stephen’s High School (0-5)

    QUARTERFINAL (KO) PAIRINGS
    Date: November 30
    Venue: CKSC Gym

    9:00 am SSC-R (A1) vs. JRU (B4) (Game 1)
    10:30 am MIT (A2) vs. ADMU (B3) (Game 2)
    12:00 nn XS (A3) vs. HCHS (B2) (Game 3)
    1:30 pm NU (A4) vs. SBC (B1) (Game 4)

    RESULTS AND SCHEDULE

    Saturday, November 16, 2013
    SSC-R 59 vs. CKSC 54
    ADMU 88 vs. SSHS 58
    HCHS 78 vs. JRU 63
    NU 82 vs. XS 81 OT

    Sunday, November 17, 2013
    ADMU 72 vs. JRU 71
    CKSC 83 vs. MIT 80
    SSC-R 80 vs. NU 75
    HCHS 80 vs. DLSZ 74
    SBC 91 vs. SSHS 65

    Thursday, November 21, 2013
    XS 83 vs. SSC-R 81 2 OT
    SBC 20 vs. DLSZ 0 (default)
    NU 87 vs. CKSC 80

    Saturday, November 23, 2013
    MIT 79 vs. XS 70
    SBC 88 vs. JRU 73
    DLSZ 81 vs. SSHS 61
    HCHS 58 vs. ADMU 57

    Sunday, November 24, 2013
    SSC-R 69 vs. MIT 68
    JRU 75 vs. SSHS 43
    ADMU 82 vs. DLSZ 78
    SBC 77 vs. HCHS 70


    Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    XS 84 vs. CKSC 63
    SBC 98 vs. ADMU 52
    JRU 78 vs. DLSZ 64
    MIT 82 vs. NU 64
    HCHS XX vs. SSHS XX


    Saturday, November 30, 2013 (quarterfinals)
    9:00 am SSC-R (A1) vs. JRU (B4) (Game 1)
    10:30 am MIT (A2) vs. ADMU (B3) (Game 2)
    12:00 nn XS (A3) vs. HCHS (B2) (Game 3)
    1:30 pm NU (A4) vs. ...
  3. HARRIS AND HACKETT: REMEMBERING THE 100-POINT PBA IMPORTS

    Browsing through the voluminous basketball clippings that I have collected over the past five decades, it appears there have been seven 100 points-or-more performances by a Filipino player here or abroad and another two by foreign recruits on Philippine soil.

    The two “imports” with century-mark scoring credentials in the professional Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) league are Americans Tony Dwayne Harris and Michael Raymond Hackett.

    It was the 6-foot-5 Hackett who was the first PBA player to score at least 100 points, knocking in 103 for Ginebra San Miguel (the precursor of Barangay Ginebra) in a 197-168 thrashing of Great Taste on November 21, 1985 in a third-place game in the Reinforced Conference. Then 25 years old, the Jacksonville, Florida native went 45-for-56 from the field. Hackett already had 48 points at halftime then exploded for 33 in the third quarter.

    A product of Jacksonville University, the amiable Hackett finished with a league-best 50.5-point average in 24 appearances, tallying 50 or more in 10 of them, plucked down 20.5 rebounds and dished out 6.4 assists every time out to earn the conference’s Best Import award.

    Hackett was the second of two third-round selections by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1982 National Basketball Association draft but subsequently failed to make the grade.

    It would be nearly seven years before another import would score at least 100 points in the PBA.

    Harris, who was monikered “The Hurricane” for his offensive wizardry, chalked up 105 points for Swift Mighty Meaty during a 151-147 victory over Ginebra San Miguel in an out-of-town game in Iloilo City on October 10, 1992.

    Harris’ 105-pointer marked the highest single-game score by an individual in PBA history.

    The 6-3 Harris actually made a living from the charity stripes during his historic performance.

    While the then-25-year-old native of Monroe, Louisiana produced 27 field goals, including six from the three-point area, he also went 45-for-53 from the foul line.

    The enigmatic and flamboyant Harris already had 59 markers by halftime.

    That season, Harris additionally owned games of 98 (turning in the trick just eight days after his 105-point effort), 87 and 82 points en route to averaging 60.7 scores, 11.4 rebounds and 8.1 assists a game and powering the Mighty Meaties to the 1992 Third Conference diadem with a 4-0 sweep of 7-Up in the finals.

    For good measure, Harris, who scored 60 or more in 11 of his 23 assignments, romped away with the conference’s Best Import honor.

    Harris, whose U.S. collegiate odyssey brought him to Lamar University, Johnson County (Kansas) Community College, Delgado (Louisiana) Community College, Southwest Mississippi Junior College and the University of New Orleans during the mid-1980s, was never drafted by any NBA franchise in 1990 upon graduation.

    But he found a way to earn a pair of 10-day deals with the Philadelphia 76ers in January-February 1991 after toiling in the defunct Continental Basketball Association, appearing six games with the Quaker City squad.

    After his PBA stint, the high-flying Harris rejoined the NBA with another pair of 10-day contracts with the Boston Celtics in March 1994. That same year, he opened the new 1994-95 season again in Beantown.

    Overall, Harris played 14 games in three NBA seasons with a 4.9-point clip.
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  4. SJCS STILL UNBEATEN AT 6-0

    Team Standings
    Saint Jude Catholic School (6-0), Philippine Cultural College (5-1), Pace Academy (5-1), Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy (3-3), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-4), Grace Christian College (2-4), Saint Peter the Apostle School (1-5) and Uno High School (0-6)

    Tournament Scoring Leaders
    1-Carlo Lim Icure-JCA, 22.7 ppg (6g, 136p), 2-Getson Lim, Pace Academy, 19.5 ppg (6g, 117p), 3-Jeff Lugay, Pace Academy, 18.5 ppg (6g, 111p), 4-Sebastian Choice, Grace Christian College, 18.2 ppg (6g, 109p), 5-Calvin Uy, St. Jude Catholic School, 15.7 ppg (6g, 94p), 6-Joao Filipino, St. Jude Catholic School, 13.8 ppg (6g, 83p) 7-Kyle Barraza, Icure-JCA, 13.5 ppg (6g, 81p), 8-Pol Antiporda, Pace Academy, 12.5 ppg (6g, 75p), 9-Jharles Uy, Philippine Cultural College, 12.2 ppg (6g, 73p), 10-Dominic Ronquillo, St. Peter the Apostle School, 11.0 ppg (5g, 55p), 11-Seth Lim, Grace Christian College, 10.5 ppg (6g, 63p), 11-Jericho Albania, Icure-JCA, 10.2 ppg (6g, 61p), 12-Elijah Sy, St. Peter the Apostle School, 10.0 ppg (6g, 60p), 13-Bentley Tia, St. Jude Catholic School, 9.8 ppg (6g, 9.8 ppg (6g, 59p), 14-Tristan Lao, MGC-NLCA, 9.2 ppg (6g, 55p), and 14-Lian Dy, Philippine Cultural College, 9.2 ppg (6g, 55g)

    Host Saint Jude Catholic School whipped Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy, 54-41, Sunday afternoon to improve its front-running record to 6-0 in the Aspirants Open Division competitions of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athlewtic Association basketball tournament at the Uno High School Gym in Manila.

    The Judenites got off to a 15-0 start behind a pair of triples from goggles-wearing Patrick Go, five points from Joao Filipino and two baskets from Bentley Tia. However, Icure-JCA recovered on consecutive treys by Kyle Barraza to trim its deficit to 11, 17-6, after the first quarter.

    A third trifecta from Barraza ignited a 10-0 run that put Icure-JCA within three points, 19-16. St. Jude led, 25-18, at halftime, getting nine markers from Filipino and six each from Tia and Go. The Judenites’ No. 1 scorer for the season, Calvin Uy, missed a pair of free throws and was held scoreless after two quarters.

    Defensively, St. Jude did an excellent job on the tournament’s leading scorer, Carlo Lim, limiting Icure-JCA’s top gun to just a solitary point on 0-for-8 field-goal shooting.

    After Icure-JCA caught up to equalize at 25-all on a Barraza fielder, Anson Ty banked a twinner and Calvin Uy knocked in his first two points to give SJCS a 29-25 lead. Lim struck for five straight points as Icure-JCA momentarily seized the upperhand, 31-29, at the 2:12 mark of the third quarter.

    Following another deadlock, 31-all, on a Filipino fielder, Jhedd Yulangco completed a three-point play and Lim connected on a twinner as Icure-JCA grabbed its largest lead, 36-31.

    From thereon, it was Uy to the rescue. A triple by him settled the third-quarter count at 36-34, in Icure-JCA’s favor. It was part of a 10-0 blast – eight by Uy (including two of his three triples in the second half) and two by Filipino – bridging the third and fourth quarters that put the Judenites ahead for good, 41-36, with six minutes remaining in the game.

    After Andrei Yu’s two charity shots cut Icure-JCA’s deficit to 45-40 at the 4:22 mark, St. Jude unleashed its final kick with a 9-0 run (on a twinner by Bryan Haw, a third triple by Uy and two baskets by Filipino) to move safely ahead, 54-40, with 1:47 left.

    Filipino wound up as the Judenites’ top scorer with 17 points. Uy contributed 15 (all in the second half) and Tia, Go and Ty each totaled six for St. Jude, which seeks to sweep the single-round elimination phase when it goes up against Pace Academy on Sunday, February 2.

    A win by Pace Academy, which improved its record to 5-1 following an 82-65 victory over Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy earlier Sunday, will potentially create a three-way tie for first place with Philippine Cultural College that will be settled via the quotient system. (SJCS beat PCC, 62-43, and PCC downed Pace, 53-37, on Saturday.)

    In a losing cause against St. Jude, Lim and Barraza led Icure-JCA (3-3) with identical 11 points, followed by Albania with eight and Yu with six.

    Lim grabbed 15 rebounds and had four steals but he shot a frigid 3-for-21 from the field (missing his first 12 shots).

    Burly Getson Lim showed no effects of the hip and knee injuries he sustained against PCC on Saturday by registering a double-double 20-20 against MGC-NLCA. The goggles-wearing Lim collected 28 points (21 of them in the second half) and 25 boards in leading his team to a 17-point success.

    Pace and MGC-NLCA played toe-to-toe in the early goings before the Pacers inched ahead, 20-14, after the first quarter. (MGC-NLCA’s Tristan Lao connected ...
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  5. The Loyzagas: Three's Not a Crowd

    It has not happened yet – the first player in the 39-year history of the Philippine Basketball Association to have sent two sons to Asia’s first professional league.

    That will come in a few years’ time (maybe in 2017?) when incoming junior Jeron Alvin Teng from the reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) titlist De La Salle University Green Archers joins elder brother Jeric Allen Teng, a rookie with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, in the PBA where father Alvin once saw action for 14 seasons (1986-98, 2002).

    Then again, there has been one instance in PH annals where an all-time Filipino basketball great from the old Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) circuit, the precursor of the PBA, was able to produce two sons that eventually were good enough to ply their trade in the PBA.

    Their names: Carlos (Caloy) Loyzaga, undisputedly the greatest Filipino cager ever, and sons Joaquin (Chito) Loyzaga and Ernesto (Joey) Loyzaga.

    Monikered “The Big Difference” by iconic sportscaster Willie Hernandez for his ability to change the course of a game, the 6-foot-3 Caloy not only dominated the local competitions in the fifties and early sixties with the San Beda College Red Lions in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Yco Redshirts/Painters in the MICAA but he also hogged the headlines in the international scene as the primary star of numerous Philippine national teams.

    The highlight of Loyzaga’s incandescent international career came in 1954 when he powered the Philippines to the bronze medal during the 2nd World Basketball Championship (now known as the FIBA World Cup) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Until now, it is the best-ever finish by an Asian country in the quadrennial meet.

    A winner throughout his basketball tenure, Loyzaga earned a championship in each of his four trips to the Asian Games – 1951 in New Delhi (India), 1954 in Manila, 1958 in Tokyo (Japan) and 1961 in Jakarta (Indonesia) – and appeared in a pair of Summer Olympics – 1952 in Helsinki (Finland) and 1956 in Melbourne (Australia) before hanging up his jersey in 1964.

    Caloy, who resided in Australia for more than three decades, turned 83 last August.

    While pigeon-chested siblings Chito and Joey were cut from the same cloth as their dad, neither came close to King Caloy’s multi-dimensional skills.

    Like their father, Chito and Joey also are products of San Beda College.

    Chito hooked up with Yco (again his father’s post-graduate commercial club) in the MICAA before joining turning professional in 1981. The 6-2 swingman appeared with Tanduay (Yco’s pro unit), Toyota, Great Taste and Ginebra in 12 seasons (1981-93) in the PBA.

    Chito, who turned 55 last August, posted averages of 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 566 PBA outings.

    Joey, who is three years younger than Chito, played with Magnolia, Swift, Shell, Tondeńa-Ginebra and Alaska in 14 PBA campaigns from 1984-2000. The 6-1 guard-forward, hit at a 7.7-point clip in 462 assignments.

    Neither Chito nor Joey was able to surpass their dad’s various accomplishments in the local and international basketball landscapes.
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