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QCAA Basketball Wrapup:* SHAN Grabs Boys HS Crown

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QCAA Basketball Wrapup:* SHAN Grabs Boys HS Crown
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It’s more fun to watch high school basketball games (than college or pro hoops).
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And it was HS hoops wars again that brought me to the Tivoli Royale Country Club gym last Nov. 18 for a heavy quadruple bill that featured the finals in each of the four divisions in the 6th Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA) basketball competitions.
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In the inaugural edition of the Boys High School-Developmental Division, St. Claire Fountain of Knowledge defeated Maria Montessori School-QC, 74-65, for the title.
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In the Boys Elementary Division, it was Claret School toppling School of Saint Anthony, 46-35, for their fifth championship in six years.* Claret had won four straight titles before taking a leave in last year’s festivities.
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Angelicum College, the (high school) alma mater of my two grown-up children, was successful in its “four-peat” title bid in the Girls High Division as the Lady Roebucks scored a come-from-behind 83-76 decision over upset-conscious Community of Learners Foundation (COLF) in the finals.
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In the absence of ex-PH Youth Under 16 teamer Camille Claro, Angelicum banked on the heroics of former three-year school volleyball player Baby Charmagne Torres, a YS-10 playmaker who exploded for 33 points (on 14-for-23 field shooting) along with six rebounds and three assists to earn MVP honors.*
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The Lady Roebucks trailed by seven points, 59-52, entering the third quarter before outscoring COLF, 31-17, in the final 10 minutes.
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Wynona Jose Guallar added 24 scores for the winning Santo Domingo-based Angelicum unit.
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In the main game of the quadrupleheader, Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches mounted a monumental comeback in registering a heart-stopping 94-93 victory over Angelicum College for the Boys High School Division crown.
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Jasper Gawingan’s stunning buzzer-beating layup off a spinning baseline drive gave the Bruins their only lead in the game.*
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SHAN, last year’s runner-up in its QCAA debut, had trailed throughout the first three quarters – 27-18 at the end of the first quarter, 53-38 at halftime and 72-58 after three quarters – but bombarded the Roebucks with three-pointers and defensive stops en route to a 36-21 advantage in the payoff period. **Coach Mario Ballesteros’ troops, who fell behind by as much as 17 points (53-36 and 55-3, were still down by eight, 89-81, with four minutes remaining before engineering the biggest uprising in QCAA history.
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It helped top seed SHAN greatly that Angelicum failed miserably from the free-throw line, going a frigid 15-for-34 overall in that area, including 2-for-8 in the final minute.
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The shifty Gawingan wound up with 38 points (on 14-for-22 field shooting and 10-for-13 free-throw clip), nine boards and six assists for the unbeaten Bruins (10-0) and took home the MVP trophy.
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Well-built Rico Pangan, a graduating 6-3 center, was held to seven markers (including 3-for-8 from the foul line) although he plucked down a game-high 19 rebounds for SHAN.
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Second seed Angelicum College, the 2010 titlist, was led by Fred Lumabas, who got away with 40 points, nine boards, three assists and four steals.* Lumabas went 15-for-25 from the field, including 5-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc. *
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The 6th QCAA basketball competitions thus came to a close with different winners in all four divisions.
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Updated 11-24-2012 at 10:44 AM by gameface_one

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