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PCYAA Boys Basketball: PCC Edges SJCS, Shatters Judenites' 15-game Win Streak

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3rd PCYAA Boys Basketball
Day 10 Saturday January 30, 2016
Venue: Uno High School gym


Aspirants Division
Saint Jude Catholic School 92 – Philippine Cultural College 64
Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy 73 – Pace Academy 46

Juniors Division
Jubilee Christian Academy 75 – Saint Peter the Apostle School 49
Philippine Cultural College 54 – Saint Jude Catholic School 53
Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy 66 – Pace Academy 53


Aspirants Division – Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (4-0), Jubilee Christian Academy (3-1), Grace Christian College (3-1), Saint Jude Catholic School (3-2), Philippine Cultural College (2-3), Pace Academy (0-4) and Uno High School (0-4)

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

Games Thursday February 4
7 p.m. – Uno HS vs. Pace Academy

Defending Juniors Division champion Saint Jude Catholic School's 15-game winning streak over two seasons came to a abrupt halt Saturday afternoon (January 30) in the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno High School gym in Tondo, Manila when host Philippine Cultural College edged the Judenites, 54-53, on a free throw by Michael Manansala with 4.5 seconds left.

The Judenites botched on its final offensive play when Daniel Pua failed to catch a pass from Joao Filipino.

With the win, PCC lifted its record to a league-leading 5-0 while the Judenites fell to 4-1.

Saint Jude Catholic School had posted a perfect 11-0 record during its title finish a year ago and entered Saturday’s game against PCC sharing the leadership with the Seagulls at 4-0.

The PCC-SJCS encounter was delayed by 25 minutes due to the late arrival of the three referees.

The Seagulls got off to a strong start, grabbing an 11-4 lead on the strength of back-to-back baskets by Lian Dy and a bucket by John Patrick Garcia. However, the Judenites came right back with a 9-0 blast capped by a fielder and a three by Lance Chan to gain the upperhand, 13-11.

Stoic Kimson Chen drained a trey to end the first 10-minute quarter with a 14-13 edge for PCC.

Trailing 22-21 following a basket by SJCS’ Maynard Yap, PCC banked on Jharles Uy’s six-point burst – a 3-for-3 effort from the free throw line and a three – to move ahead by five, 27-22 with 1:35 left at the half.

Up 30-23 at intermission, beanpole Daniel Manalang opened third-quarter hostilities with a fielder off a Garcia assist as the Seagulls quickly jumped to a nine-point advantage, 32-23.

SJCS came within one point, 34-33, on a Joao Filipino basket but PCC retaliated with a jumper by Chen for a 36-33 lead.

That’s when the Judenites made their move, exploding a 9-0 bomb – one triple each from Filipino and Yap, a charity shot by Charles Sy and a field goal by Lance Chan – to register their largest lead in the game, 42-36. Just as quickly, though, Michael Manansala and Chen nailed a three each to deadlock the count for the second time at 42-all (the first at 36-all).
Frontliner Adrian Pe closed out the third canto for a 44-42 lead by Saint Jude.

There were four more deadlocks in the payoff quarter at 44-all, 47-all, 51-all and 53-all.

SJCS had regained the upperhand, 53-51, on a Jared Filipino basket, time down to 1:04. But Manalang hit a soft jumper to equalize the count for a final time, 53-all, with 46.6 ticks remaining.

After an offensive foul by SJCS (off a timeout) with 40.7 seconds left, Chen had a missed jumper rebounded by Manansala, time down to 11.8 seconds left.

Play was momentarily stopped when Chen fell due to cramps. And when it resumed, Manansala fished a foul from Yap, sending him to the foul line with 4.5 seconds remaining. Manansala missed the first but made the second for the game-winning point, 54-53.

Following a timeout, SJCS botched on its final offensive play when Daniel Pua failed to catch a pass from Joao Filipino, sending the PCC gallery into a frenzy.

With the heart-stopping victory, the Seagulls grabbed the No. 1 spot in the Juniors Division standings with a 5-0 record and most likely secured the top seed entering the eight-team quarterfinal playoffs armed with a twice-to-beat advantage. (The second, third and fourth seeds also own a twice-to-beat incentive against their respective opponents in the quarters.)

Chen came off the bench to finish with four triples – one in each of the four quarters – and 16 points for Cultural. He also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. Jharles Uy had nine points (all in the first half) and so did Garcia.
Manalang chalked up eight points, seven boards and two blocks and Manansala totaled seven markers, including a pair of trifectas.

Jared Filipino topscored for SJCS with 11 points, followed by Joao Filipino, 10 (including two triples in the second half), and Yap, nine. Yap, who was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, also collected 14 reebies, four steals and two assists in a losing cause.

In other Saturday games in the Juniors Division, Jubilee Christian Academy shellacked Saint Peter the Apostle School, 75-49, and Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy downed Pace Academy, 66-53.

Jubilee Christian Academy broke into the winning column after five starts and sent SPAS to its fifth consecutive defeat.
JCA, last year's losing finalist, dominated from start to finish. From a 36-25 halftime advantage, JCA outscored the eight-man Peterians, 26-6, in the third quarter to grab a commanding 62-31 lead heading into final period.

In just three quarters of action, big man Lanz Tan collected 18 points and 20 rebounds and sharpshooter Kyle Barraza had two triples and 13 points and nine boards. Janaro Bautista had all of his 12 points in the second half.

Saint Peter was led by point guard John Lim with 25 points spiked by six triples – three each in the second and fourth quarters. Multi-faceted Earl Gabriel added eight points, six steals, five rebounds and five blocks for the shorthanded Peterians.

MGC-NLCA joined idle Grace Christian College at third place with its third win in five appearances. Pace Academy fell into a tie with idle Uno High School in fifth spot at 2-3.

MGC-NLCA was up, 14-12, after the first quarter and enjoyed a 27-23 lead at halftime. Wilson Ngo’s charges never trailed in the second half. Ike Jordan, who had earlier powered MGC-NLCA’s defending Aspirants Division championship unit to an easy victory over Pace Academy’s 13-and-under squad, marked his entry with 5:56 left in the third quarter with a three-pointer to its first double-digit lead, 39-29.

MGC-NLCA was ahead, 48-34, on a second trifecta from Lim, but Pace scorfed seven straight points on baskets by Jeff Lugay, Geoffrey Chiu and Tyrone Tan (a triple) to trim its deficit to seven, 48-41, entering the fourth quarter with a 48-41 edge.

MGC-NLCA opened the payoff period with a 10-0 run – five by energetic Carl Ong, a twinner by Daniel Lim and a triple by Tristan Lao – to take a commanding 58-41 advantage. The team enjoyed its largest lead at 66-44 before Pace scored the game’s final nine points – including consecutive threes by Rhicky Alba – to make the final score more respectable.

Carl Gavin Ong chalked up 17 points and 16 rebounds, Cedric Ho netted 13 markers (10 of them in the third quarter), Daniel Lim scored 11 and Ike Jordan Lim had all of his eight points in the third period.

Pace got 13 points, five rebounds and two steals from Tyrone Tan, 10 scores from Kelly Lihao, nine points from Alba on three triples, and seven points from Dean Ong. For the second straight game, Pol Antiporda struggled as he was held to a measly four points.
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In the Aspirants Division games on Saturday, reigning champion Makati Gospel-Church-New Life Christian Academy and Saint Jude Catholic School were big winners.

MGC-NLCA lifted its record to 4-0 with a smashing 73-46 victory over winless Pace Academy (0-4).

McNeil Si topped MGC with 18 points and eight rebounds. Ike Jordan Lim and Shane Tan scored 13 and 11 markers, respectively. The trio sat out the final quarter as head coach Wilson Ngo emptied his bench to the lopsided score.

Jashper Fernando paced the Pacers with 22 points, including a pair of triples, in a reserve role. He also grabbed five boards off the pines.

Saint Jude Catholic School boosted its record to 3-2 with a 92-64 win over Philippine Cultural College.

Five players tallied in double digits for the 13-and-under Judenites - Andrew Choa, 24 points; Kiefe Chu, 18; Laurence Sengia 15 (four triples); Liam Pua, 11; and Martin Ang, 10. Choa had six rebounds and three steals while Chu stole the rock on seven occasions.

PCC, which dropped to 2-3, got 21 points and 15 rebounds from Anson Tan; 13 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two assists from Art Tong; and 13 points and 10 boards from Lance Santos.


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