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  1. PSSBC: Xavier Beats Chiang Kai Shek

    Mammoth Isaac Go had 18 points and 15 rebounds as Xavier School beat Chiang Kai Shek College, 84-63, Thursday afternoon to secure a quarterfinal spot (final eight) in the 2nd PSSBC high school basketball tournament held at the SGS gym in Quezon City. The Golden Stallions, who led by at least 10 points early in the 1st and as many as 25 points, 80-55, in a start to finish romp, will finish 3rd or 4th in Group A depending on the result of the National University-Mapua Tech game later in the day. If the UAAP champion Bulldogs beat the Red Robins, Xavier will be seeded 3rd and pull CKSC into the quarters at No. 4. If Mapua beats NU, the former will be No. 3 and Xavier No. 4 while resulting in CKSC's ouster.
  2. 1st PCYAA Basketball Tournament: ST. JUDE, UNO Clash for Top Juniors Spot

    St. Jude Catholic School and Uno High School picked up their fourth victory in as many assignments Sunday afternoon to arrange a first-round leadership showdown in the Juniors Division of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno Gym in Manila.

    St. Jude made mincemeat of Grace Christian College, 56-31, and Uno High School blasted Makati Gospel Church New Life, 66-45, to post identical 4-0 records. The two schools duke it out on Wednesday, November 20, for the leadership in the homegrown high school division.

    In another contest last Sunday, St. Peter the Apostle School even its record at 2-2 with a close 76-73 decision over Philippine Cultural College (1-3).

    With its loss to the Judenites, Grace Christian College also fell to 1-3. Makati Gospel Church New Life remains in the cellar of the six-team standings at 0-4.

    In the Developmental Division for boys age 11 and under, Makati Gospel Church New Life zoomed to the No. 1 spot with an easy 62-42 win over erstwhile unbeaten Grace Christian College.

    MGCNL improved to 4-0 and GCC slipped to 3-1. PCC, which beat winless Uno High School (0-4), 58-28, Sunday morning for its first win, and St. Jude Catholic School own identical 1-2 cards.
  3. 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA): SJCS, Uno Share Top Spot

    TEAM STANDINGS

    Juniors Division (double-round elimination phase)
    St. Jude Catholic School (3-0)
    Uno High School (3-0)
    Philippine Cultural College (1-2)
    Grace Christian College (1-2)
    St. Peter the Apostle School (1-2)
    Makati Gospel Church New Life (0-3)

    Developmental Division (double-round elimination phase; players age 11 and under)
    Grace Christian College (3-0)
    Makati Gospel Church New Life (3-0)
    St. Jude Catholic School (1-2)
    Philippine Cultural College (0-2)
    Uno High School (0-3)

    St. Jude Catholic School, Uno High School on Collision Course
    By Gameface

    Host St. Jude Catholic School and Uno High School remain unbeaten in the Juniors Division of the 1st Philippine Chin Yuen Athletic Association basketball competitions with contrasting victories over their rivals Saturday night (Nov. 23) at the Uno Gym in Manila.

    SJCS easily defeated the Philippine Cultural College, 88-56, and Uno High School downed Saint Peter the Apostle Church, 64-54, as both teams improved their records to 3-0.

    In the final game of a tripleheader, Grace Christian College picked up its first win with a come-from-behind 69-65 decision over winless Makati Gospel Church New Life

    St. Jude was never threatened at any time by PCC, enjoying a comfortable 30-point (51-21) by halftime. After the Judenites took their largest lead at 80-37, the Seagulls went on a late 19-8 run to make the final count more respectable.

    Three players scored in twin digits for SJCS – Renzel Yongco (12 points), Francis Go (11) and Matthew Ang (11). Lester Cai spearheaded PCC’s cause with 14 markers. The Judenites will clash with Grace Christian College on Sunday before going up against Uno on Nov. 27.

    Uno struggled in the first three quarters, trailing by four (32-2 at halftime, before lanky Kenric Kok knocked in six straight points to gift the Uneans a 54-47 edge at the six-minute mark. SPAS came within two, 54-52, on a steal and layup by Chance Chung with three minutes left.

    Uno big boy Vic Sese, though, doused SPAS’s rally by knocking in his team’s final 10 points, including a pair of three-point plays.

    See wound up with a game-high 22 points and Clinton Chua contributed 17 for the Uneans, who take on winless MGCNL Sunday morning and equally unblemished St. Jude on Wednesday, November 27 (6:30 p.m.).

    The Peterians were led by Marton Chua (12 points), John Ouyang (11) and Armand Te (10).

    In a battle between erstwhile winless teams, Grace Christian College trailed Makati Gospel Church New Life for nearly 29 minutes and was behind by as many as 10 points in the early goings before taking its first lead of the game, 51-50, in the final seconds of the third quarter.

    MGCNL was still ahead, 57-51, when GCC’s Brian So knocked in a pair of triples for the first of four deadlocks in the payoff period. With the count at 65-all, both went 0-for-6 from the foul line in the final 2.5 minutes but putbacks by James Ung (at the 1:38 mark) and Tristan Hawson (with 4.8 seconds left) propelled GCC to victory.

    So finished with 23 points and Ethan Caseres totaled 13 for GCC. MGCNL was led by Andrei Angchua, 13, and Aaron Uy, 11, and Daniel Lim, 10.
  4. Xavier Quits Tiong Lian

    Latest Development in the MMTLBA

    According to a reliable source, founding member Xavier School will officially take a leave of absence from the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association next week, leaving the 43-year league with just three teams under its fold - 2013 champion Hope Christian High School, Chiang Kai Shek College and St. Stephen's High School.

    This stunning development may probably result in the demise of the MMTLBA, which traditionally commences hostilities in January of each year.

    Earlier this summer, St. Jude Catholic School and Grace Christian College also filed a leave. Uno High School withdrew from the league as early as before the 2013 season.

    The controversial recruitment issue has divided the MMTLBA member teams for the past three years, resulting in the departure of Uno, St. Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College, and soon, Xavier School.

    Hope Christian High School, which along with CKSC has relied heavily on recruiting Filipino players without Chinese roots in recent years, was to be the host team next year.

    St. Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College and Uno High School has since formed a new homegrown Chinese-Filipino High School league, the Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association, along with three other teams.
  5. Clamor Getting Stronger for MVP to Run as POC Prexy

    The clamor to convince telecommunications tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan to vie for the presidency of thePhilippine Olympic Committee is reportedly gaining ground fast among a big number of National Sports Associations.

    And the snowballing effort to persuade Pangilinan to give the critical matter a second thought, a source inside the MVP group said, has prompted serious reconsideration from the president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.

    The source said that some NSA leaders have assured the business bigwig that a cursory head count shows him ahead, “and many of those on the fence have indicated they will support MVP should he declare himself available” for the post.

    “MVP is slowly feeling the pressure to take on the responsibility of going for the presidency,” the insider said. “He is already currently into several sports disciplines as benefactor so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to imagine him taking on a bigger challenge. But no decisions have been made yet.”

    POC president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco, who is seeking a third term in the Nov. 30 elections, has earlier offered Pangilinan the position of POC chairman in a power-sharing scheme, but the top honcho at PLDT and Smart Communications politely declined the overture, telling sportswriters during the recent FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in Tokyo that he “wouldn’t have the time.”

    The growing clamor could change all that.

    Manny Lopez, first vice president of the POC, has been bruited as a potential challenger to Cojuangco, but he could only do so, according to the POC charter, as an NSA president and not as secretary-general of the handball association, the post he now holds.

    To remedy that, earlier reports said Lopez is looking to reclaim his former ABAP post now held by Maynilad Water president Ricky Vargas, a close corporate ally of Pangilinan.

    It is not likely though that Vargas, who will be seeking his own fresh mandate during an ABAP general assembly meeting on Oct. 20 in Bago City, Negros Occidental preceding a regional tournament there, would relinquish his post, especially in light of the plea for a Pangilinan presidency in the POC.

    The source said a win-win solution would be for Cojuangco, a former veteran Tarlac representative, to step aside, having made his mark in the eight years he had sat as head of the country’s overall sports program, and give way to somebody else.

    “That could clear the way for MVP,” the source said. “And it would be a perfect scenario, him running unopposed which would show Philippine sports is ready for unity and development.”

    Cojuangco, however, has shown no indication of any plans other than to seek reelection, igniting the clarion call for Pangilinan to step into the plate and take a swing at the POC presidency.
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