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PCYAA Basketball: SJCS Rips Pace, Ties PCC For Top Spot

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Day 8 Sunday January 24, 2016
Venue: Uno High School gym
Aspirants Division
Saint Jude Catholic School 60 - Pace Academy 40
Juniors Division
Grace Christian College 77 - Saint Peter the Apostle School 52
Saint Jude Catholic School 62 - Pace Academy 50
Aspirants Division - Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (3-0), Jubilee Christian Academy (3-1), Grace Christian College (2-1), Philippine Cultural College (2-2), Saint Jude Catholic School (2-2), Pace Academy (0-3) and Uno High School (0-3)
Juniors Division - Saint Jude Catholic School (4-0), Philippine Cultural College (4-0), Pace Academy (2-2), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-2), Uno High School (2-2), Grace Christian College (2-2), Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-4) and Jubilee Christian Academy (0-4)

Defending champion Saint Jude Catholic School joined host Philippine Cultural College atop the Juniors Division standings of the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions with a grinding 62-50 decision over Pace Academy Sunday afternoon at the Uno High School gym in Tondo, Manila.
With the win, the Judenites climbed to 4-0 in a share of the leadership with PCC, which also owns a 4-0 record following Saturday's victory over Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy.
SJCS took control early with its defensive pressure, forcing the Pacers to bad shots and turnovers. The Mendiola-based school never trailed at any time but neither could it put the Pacers away early.
The Judenites were up, 14-10, after the first quarter and grabbed a 27-19 advantage at intermission behind frontliner Kendrick Ong's eight markers. Tyrone Tan had a team-high six points and Pol Antiporda had five for the Pacers after 30 minutes.
Pace was down, 36-25, when SJCS went on a 10-0 run built around reserve Maynard Yap's four points, Charles Sy's pair of free throws and Lance Chan's back-to-back twinners to propel the reigning titlist to a commanding 46-25 lead.
Jeff Lugay made a fielder to trim Pace's deficit to 19, 46-27, heading to the payoff period. Kelly Lihao provided some spark with teammate Antiporda struggling, tallying all his 10 points in the fourth quarter. But the closest the Pacers could come within was 11 points, 61-50, with 37.4 seconds left and the game already settled.
In a low-scoring game that was a combination of good defense by Saint Jude and bad offense by both teams, no player from either side tallied in double figures till 8:10 remained in the contest.
Yap got his 10th and 11th points on a bucket at the time and Jaded Ng was the first PA player in twin digit with a basket for his ninth and 10th markets with 7:24 left.
Yap finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two steals for the Judenites, who play PCC on Saturday January 30.
Jared Filipino contributed 10 points, seven boards and five steals and Ong and Sy each tallied eight scores. Sy also grabbed nine rebounds and Ong took eight off the glass. Ong hurt his right shoulder with 8:50 left in the third quarter and sat out the rest of the way.
Ng paced the Pacers with 14 points and seven boards. Lihao totaled 10 scores and Tan had nine. Lugay made eight points, all in the first 30 minutes, and plucked down five caroms. Antiporda was held to six points along with seven boards for the Pacers, whose record slipped to 2-2.
In the Juniors Division, Grace Christian College posted its second straight win in four games with an easy 77-52 victory over winless Saint Peter the Apostle School in the PCYAA basketball tournament at the Uno gym.
The game belonged to GCC from the get-go. It scored 10 unanswered points to grab a 14-1 lead, settling for a 20-7 advantage after the first quarter wherein John Patrick Lim duplicated SPASí total output.
Grace Christian was up, 40-22, at intermission behind Limís 17 markers. The lead grew to 26, 59-33, after three quarters as SPAS never threatened. GCC enjoyed its largest lead at 31, 64-33, early in the payoff period.
GCC, which evened its slate at 2-2, got 19 points, six rebounds and two steals from John Patrick Lim; 11 points and six boards from John Ing; and 10 markers from substitute Sebastian Choi.
Tree-like Jehrend Tauro grabbed 16 rebounds along with five points for the winning team.
Saint Peter showed up with only nine men (two of whom even fouled out Ė Earl Gabriel, 5:15 left, and Jomer Lu, 3:45, in the fourth quarter) and offered little resistance as it trailed by at least 20 points since midway through the third canto.
The Peterians, who at 0-4 share the cellar with Jubilee Christian Academy (0-4), were bannered by guard John Garren Limís 16 points (two triples and 12 in the fourth quarter) and five boards, Gabrielís 14 points and nine reebies and Elijah Syís 11 points, three rebounds and two steals.


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