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SJCS STILL UNBEATEN AT 6-0

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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 on a triple to end the quarter.) The score at halftime was 33-26, in Pace’s favor as Jeff Lugay and Pol Antiporda each tallied eight points.

Tyrone Tan’s three opened the third period and gave PCC its first double-digit lead, 36-26. MGC-NLCA came within six points, 36-30, before the Seagulls finished the quarter with a 25-15 run to take a 61-45 advantage entering the fourth period.

In the payoff quarter, Pace went exclusively to Lim in the shaded lane and he delivered with 10 points as MGC-NLCA could not make any headway and trailed by at least 14 points throughout.

Aside from Getson Lim, three other Pacers scored in double digits – Lugay, 14 points; Antiporda, 13; and Lim’s Twin Towers mate Geoffrey Chu, 10.

Tristan Lao had a season-high 19 markers for MGC-NLCA, which will face Grace Christian College on February 2 in a game that will decide the No. 5 seed.

Hardworking and daredevilish Patrick Uy added 15 points for MGC-NLCA, which is tied with GCC with identical 2-4 ledgers.

In other games Sunday, Saint Peter the Apostle School broke into the winning column with a 64-57 triumph over winless Uno High School and Philippine Cultural College pulverized Grace Christian College, 63-41.

Uno was ahead, 31-26, at halftime and enjoyed a double-digit lead in the early minutes of the third quarter before SPAS stormed back to deadlock the score at 49-all after 30 minutes.

SPAS took control in the final period to post its first win in six assignments and send Uno to its sixth consecutive defeat. The top scorers for the Peterians were Elijah Sy, 19 points; Mark Que, 14; John Tiu, 12; and Dominic Ronquillo, 12 (back in action after serving a one-game suspension).

Hans Chen and Matthew Vistan collected 12 and nine points, respectively, for the Uneans, who hog the cellar at 0-6.

Philippine Cultural College was hardly challenged in its 22-point win over Grace Christian College.

Jharles Uy tallied 11 points and Lian Dy added nine as the Seagulls solidified their second-running position with their fifth win in six appearances.

GCC got a dozen scores from Sebastian Choi and nine from Seth Lim.
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