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PCYAA Basketball: Pace beats Grace, Takes Final Twice-to-beat Incentive at No. 4

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3rd PCYAA News Release 3

Juniors Division Standings
1-Philippine Cultural College (6-0), 2-Saint Jude Catholic School (5-1), 3-Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (5-2), 4-Pace Academy (4-3), 5-Grace Christian College (3-4), 6-Uno High School (2-5), 7-Jubilee Christian Academy (1-5) and 8-Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-6)

Games Schedule at Uno HS gym

Tuesday February 9
7 p.m. – Pace Academy (4) vs. Grace Christian College (5)

Thursday February 11
7 p.m. – Makati Gospel Church-MGC (3) vs. Uno High School (6)

Saturday February 13
10:30 a.m. – Saint Jude Catholic School (2) vs. Jubilee Christian Academy (7)
12 noon – Philippine Cultural College (1) vs. Saint Peter the Apostle School (


Pace Academy survived a huge endgame rally by Grace Christian College to register a pulsating 72-70 victory on a right corner triple by Dean Ong with 7.9 seconds left off an assist from Pol Antiporda, and clinch the No.4 spot in the Juniors Division of the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym in Tondo, Manila.

The Pacers finished the seven-game elimination round with a 4-3 record and will play sixth-seeded GCC again in the quarterfinal playoffs that begin this week armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

Trailing by 14 points with 5:10 left, Grace Christian scored 15 straight points to take a 70-69 lead on a three-point play by Sebastian Choi with 12.8 ticks left.

GCC had a golden opportunity to reverse the outcome but Choi’s three-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked.

Ong topscored for Pace with 19 points, followed by Pol Antiporda’s 16 points, and big man Getson Lim’s nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Grace, whose record slipped to 3-4, got 15 points apiece from Choi and John Ing and 11 from the John Patrick Ong.

In the only other Juniors game Saturday, Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy downed Uno High School, 75-47. MGC, the No. 3 seed with a 5-2 record, bank on the heroics of the league’s No. 1 scorer Carl Ong (17.1 ppg), who collected 16 points and 10 rebounds; and Cedric Ho, who knocked in three triples and 15 points. Kim Tanlo topped Uno HS, 2-5, with nine points.

The quarterfinal matchups feature host and unbeaten top seed Philippine Cultural College vs. winless and No. 8 seed Saint Peter the Apostle School, defending champion and No. 2 seed Saint Jude Catholic School vs. No. 7 seed Jubilee Christian Academy (a rematch of last year’s finals), No. 3 seed MGC-NLCA vs. No. 6 seed Uno HS, and No. 4 seed Pace Academy vs. No. 5 seed Grace Christian College.

PCC, SJCS. MGC-NLCA and Pace own a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents.

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