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PCC Pulls Pace Out of Unbeaten Ranks, St. Jude Takes Solo Leadership

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

Tournament Scoring Leaders
1-Carlo Lim, Icure-JCA, 25.0 ppg (5g, 125p), 2-Jeff Lugay, Pace Academy, 19.4 ppg (5g, 97p), 3-Sebastian Choi, Grace Christian College, 19.4 ppg (5g, 97p), 4-Getson Lim, Pace Academy, 17.8 ppg (5g, 89p), 5-Calvin Uy, St. Jude Catholic School, 15.8 ppg (5g, 79p), 6-Kyle Barraza, Icure-JCA, 14.0 ppg (5g, 70p), 7-Joao Filipino, St. Jude Catholic School, 13.2 ppg (5g, 66p), 8-Jharles Uy, Philippine Cultural College, 12.4 ppg (5g, 62p), 9-Pol Antiporda, Pace Academy, 12.4 ppg (5g, 62p), 10-Seth Lim, Grace Christian College, 10.8 ppg (5g, 54p), 11-Dominique Ronquillo, St. Peter the Apostle School, 10.8 ppg (4g, 43) and 12-Bentley Tia, St. Jude Catholic School, 10.6 ppg (5g, 53p)

Philippine Cultural College pulled Pace Academy out of the unbeaten ranks and host Saint Jude Catholic School assumed the solo leadership Saturday afternoon in the Aspirants Open Division of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association basketball competitions.

Philippine Cultural College blasted Pace Academy, 53-37, to join its foe in second place with identical 4-1 records. More importantly, the Seagulls solidified their chances of securing a twice-to-beat incentive through the semifinal playoffs with the victory.

The Pacers not only need to win over unblemished leader St. Jude Catholic School (5-0) in their February 2 (Sunday) duel to create a three-way tie for first but also must beat the Judenites by at least 14 points to dislodge PCC from the No. 2 spot.

The stars for both teams were not aligned in the PCC-Pace encounter. Jcharles Uy, who was averaging 14.8 points after four games with PCC, was held to three points on a first-half triple. His Seagulls teammate Lian Dy, who owned an 11-point clip after four assignments, scored a measly two.

Jeff Lugay, who was norming a tournament second-running 23.5 ppg before the game, only had three points for Pace Academy. Big boy Getson Lim and Pol Antiporda, who were averaging 20.0 ppg and 14.8 ppg, respectively, were offensively shackled to just nine and three (Antiporda’s three came on free throws).

For Philippine Cultural College, it was time for its shocktroopers to shine. Burly John Santos collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, beanpole Daniel Manalang totaled 13 rebounds along with four blocks, two steals and two points, and Edge Sy chalked up eight points in the final 2:21 of the game, including a pair of triples, to cement the win for the Seagulls.

PCC raced to a 27-19 halftime lead behind 13 scores by John Santos as a lethargic Pace Academy team, which was pushed to the limit by Icure-JCA last Sunday before coming out on top by three points, was clearly outhustled and outrebounded during the first two periods.

Getson Lim scored back-to-baskets to trim Pace’s deficit to 31-27. A 6-1 run by Pace to end the third quarter increased its lead to 37-28, though.

Pint-sized playmaker Tyrone Tan helped Pace to come within four points once again, 37-33, but Lian Dy and Santos scored successively to bring PCC’s edge back to eight, 41-33, at the 6:36 mark.

Back-to-back fielders by Rafael Pangilinan led to a 45-34 advantage by PCC, time down to 4:18. It was also at this time that Getson Lim went down with a hip injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the game and discounted any chance of a Pace comeback.

John Santos wound up with 17 points for PCC, which also got nine from Edge Sy and six each from Angelo Tan (two triples in the first half), Michael Manansala and Rafael Pangilinan.

Tyrone Tan was the only double-figure producer for Pace with 12 points (seven of them in the second half). Getson Lim added nine points (including seven in the second half) along with 10 boards and four blocks.

It is not known whether Lim will be available to play in Sunday’s contest against MGC-NLCA.

The top four teams after the single-round elimination phase will qualify for the quarterfinal playoffs with a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents. Additionally, the top two teams will enjoy a twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals, assuming they get past the quarters.

The Judenites easily disposed of winless St. Peter the Apostle School, 97-25, on Saturday behind five double-digit scorers – Joao Filipino, 14 points; Calvin Uy, 13; Christian Lim, 12; Bentley Tia, 10; and Gian King, 10.

Only two players scored for the Peterians – John Tiu, 14 points, and Elijah S, 11. Their scoring leader for the season, Dominique Ronquillo, sat out the mismatch.

In the main game of Saturday’s quadrupleheader, Icure-Jubilee Christian Academy defeated Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy, 65-53, to secure the No. 4 spot with its third win in five appearances. The loss dropped MGC-NLCA to 2-3.

The victory by Icure-JCA was crucial as it gave the team the upperhand in the race for the No. 4 spot. The No. 4 seed will have a twice-to-beat advantage over the No. 5 seed in the quarterfinal playoffs.

Icure-JCA got off to a slow start as MGC-NLCA took the half, 31-25, behind the three triples of Aaron Sy. Icure-JCA, however, opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run built around three fielders from the league’s leading scorer Carlo Lim and a trifecta from Jericho Albania to move ahead, 36-31.

Mikel Go knocked his second triple in the final half and Tristan Lao scored a basket as MGC-NLCA regained the lead, 41-40. Icure-JCA broke a 41-41 deadlock on a basket by Albania and never trailed thereafter.

Icure-JCA’s seldom-utilized Janaro Bautista’s triple sandwiched a pair of treys by Ike Lim, including one at the quarter-beating buzzer, as Icure-JCA held on for a precarious one-point lead, 48-47, entering the fourth quarter.

Icure-JCA blew the game wide open by scoring the first 12 points of the payoff period, including the last six by Carlo Lim at the 4:25 mark, to take a huge 60-47 advantage.

Carlo Lim again led Icure-JCA’s scoring parade with 27 points, 15 of them after halftime, while also collecting 17 rebounds, four steals and three assists. He was ably supported by Albania, who contributed 18 markers (11 of them in the second half), and Justin Yulangco, who had eight. Kyle Barraza was held to two points.

MGC-NLCA got double-figure production from Mikel Go, 12 points (including two triples), Aaron Sy, 11, and Ike Lim, 10 (three triples). John Angping contributed eight scores.

GCC beat winless Uno High School, 80-43, earlier in the day to equal MGC-NLCA’s 2-3 card. GCC bannered by Sebastian Choi (who shares second place with Pace Academy’s Jeff Lugay on the tournament’s scoring ladder) with 19 points. Two others were in twin-figure scores - Marcus Lu, 14, and Lance Tiu, 11.

Uno, which occupies the cellar together with St. Peter the Apostle School with identical 0-5 marks, got nine points each from Adrian Ramos and Hans Chen and eight from Warren Tan.

The PCYAA Aspirants Open Division competitions are supported by Boysen Paints and Saint Jude Catholic School 50th Golden Jubilee.
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