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2ND PCYAA: Saint Jude, Cultural in 11-and-Under Finals

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Saint Jude Catholic School (9-1) and Philippine Cultural College (8-2) will clash on Saturday, December 6 (1:30 p.m.) for the championship in the Developmental Division (for players aged 11 and under) of the 2nd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym in Tondo, Manila.

The Judenites, whose solitary loss in the six-team, double-round elimination phase came at the hands of third-place Pace Academy, are armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

Should the Seagulls emerge victorious, the rubber match would be held on Sunday, December 7, also at the Uno High School Gym.

Besides Saint Jude Catholic School and Philippine Cultural College, the schools that took part in the Developmental Division were Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy, Grace Christian College, Pace Academy and host Uno High School.

During the inaugural PCYAA season a year ago, MGC-NLCA went unbeaten in capturing the Developmental title, easily dispatching of Grace Christian College in the finals. Saint Jude Catholic School placed third.

Action in the three other basketball divisions will commence in the first week of January next year.

The Boys High School (Juniors Division) tournament, which will feature eight schools, will get underway on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Uno High School Gym with 2014 runner-up Saint Jude Catholic School tangling with 2014 third-placer Grace Christian College (5:30 pm.) and Pace Academy taking on Makati Gospel Church-NLCA (7:30 p.m.).

Two days later (January , Philippine Cultural College will meet defending champion Uno High School in a lone game (7:00 p.m.).

The official opening ceremonies (also to be held at the Uno HS Gym) will be held on January 10 with a quadrupleheader Philippine Cultural College vs. Pace Academy (11:00 a.m.), Makati Gospel Church-NLCA vs. Saint Jude Catholic School (1:00 p.m.), Uno HS vs. St. Peter the Apostle School (2:30 p.m.) and Jubilee Christian Academy vs. Grace Christian College.

The Aspirants Boys Division competitions for players aged 13 and under will unwrap on January 8 with reigning titlist Philippine Cultural College traveling to the Uno HS Gym to face the Uneans at 5:30 p.m.

The other participating teams are 2014 third-placer Pace Academy, Saint Peter the Apostle School, 2014 runner-up Makati Gospel Church-NLCA, Saint Jude Catholic School, Jubilee Christian Academy and Grace Christian College.

The inaugural Ladies High School tournament, which features six schools, will open on January 7 at the Uno HS Gym with a twinbill Saint Jude Catholic School vs. Uno High School (5:00 p.m.) and Philippine Cultural College vs. Grace Christian College (6:30 p.m.).

Other teams in participation are the San Juan City-based Immaculate Conception Academy and Jubilee Christian Academy.
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