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2013 MMTLBA: REDEMPTION FOR HCHS JUNIORS

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

2013 MMTLBA: REDEMPTION FOR HCHS JUNIORS

By Henry L. Liao


For 20 long years, Hope Christian High School went through one losing season after another in the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association competitions, once dropping 22 consecutive games at one stretch (2006-09). Even when it finally reached the Finals in 2011 and 2012, it faltered each time.


Last February 28, redemption came – sweet and nice.


Before a capacity crowd at the Chiang Kai Shek College Gymnasium, Hope Christian HS exorcised the ghosts of the past by capturing its first Tiong Lian Juniors Division crown since 1993 with a hard-earned 62-55 victory over perennial powerhouse Xavier School in the deciding Game Three of the best-of-three Finals of the 43rd MMTLBA BonChon Chicken tournament.


Hardworking guard Arjan Dela Cruz was simply unstoppable, shooting 10-for-16 from the field, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc, for a career-high 29 points. He also collected 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block in 37 minutes. Deservedly so, Dela Cruz earned Player of the Game honors.


Dela Cruz was ably supported by another backcourter, Mark Nuñez, who knocked in three triples (in six attempts) for a series-best 15 markers, and burly center John Apacible, who tallied only seven points but grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and blocked three enemy missiles.


The 6-foot-4 Apacible was in double figures in rebounds in each of the three-game titular series, going 19, 13 and 15 for a 15.7 norm. He also averaged 9.0 points and 1.67 blocks during the series to capture the Tiong Lian Finals Most Valuable Player award.


Jollo Go, HCHS’s scoring leader for the season with a 13.2-point average, was a non-factor in Game Three with just five points on 2-for-13 floor shooting, including 0-for-6 from the three-point area. In the first and second games, Go had 23 and 12 points, respectively.


Meanwhile, Xavier School’s 1-2 scoring punch Kyles Lao and Jarrell Lim struggled mightily in the finale with a combined 6-for-31 (.194) field shooting.. The law of averages caught up with Lao, the tournament’s No. 1 point-producer with a 25.8 clip in 13 appearances, as he was held to a “silent” 18 points on a horrendous 5-for-20 from the field after chalking up 33 and 31 points on a combined .583 (21-for-36) floor shooting in the first two games.


Lao’s sidekick, Lim, scored a measly six points for the second time in the Finals (the first was in the series opener) on an anemic 1-for-11 floor clip. For the season, the junior guard averaged 12.7 ppg.


And for the second time in the series, the Golden Stallions dug themselves a hole too big to overcome as they trailed by as much as 18 points (44-26) midway through the third quarter before trimming the deficit to four, 55-51, at the 5:54 mark of the payoff period.


Despite Xavier School’s Finals debacle, a Golden Stallion picked up the regular Tiong Lian MVP award for a fifth consecutive year. This year it was the 6-foot Lao, a senior who reportedly is being wooed by Ateneo for its 2013 UAAP campaign. He follows in the footsteps of brothers Jeric Teng (2009) and Jeron Teng (an unprecedented three-time winner in 2010, 2011 and 2012).


The MMTLBA also announced the Most Outstanding Student Athlete for each of the six member schools.


They were Apacible, Lao, Pierce Chan of host St. Stephen’s High School, Karl Billan of St. Jude Catholic School and Rodney Gonzales of Grace Christian College. Gonzales topped the tournament in rebounding for the second straight season.

2013 MMTLBA: AFTER 20 LONG YEARS, HCHS CAPTURES JUNIORS TITLE

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 6:35 AM

2013 MMTLBA: AFTER 20 LONG YEARS, HCHS CAPTURES JUNIORS TITLE

By Henry Liao


DATE

February 28, 2013


VENUE

Chiang Kai Shek College Gymnasium


RESULT

Juniors Finals, Game 3


Hope Christian High School 62 – Xavier School 55

Quarter Scores: 17-11, 34-18, 48-39, 62-55

(HCHS wins best-of-three Finals, 2-1)


STATISTICS


HCHS

Arjan Dela Cruz (29 points, 10-of-16 FGA, 2-of-4 3FGA, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 1 block), Mark Nuñez (15 points in 14 minutes off the bench, 5-of-11 FGA, 3-of-6 3FGA, 1 rebound and 2 steals), John Apacible (7 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 blocks), Jollo Go (5 points, 2-of-13 FGA, 0-of-6 3FGA, 3 rebounds and 2 assists), James Galoso (2 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist), Leo Guion (2 points, 5 rebounds. 2 assists and 1 steal), Jobert Mercado (2 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal), Jeffrey Siybauco (0 point), Lerwin Yap (0 point), Jomari Tubiano (0 point and 4 rebounds) and Kenneth Sumalacay (0 point, 2 rebounds and 1 assist).


XS

Kyles Lao (18 points, 5-of-20 FGA, 8-of-9 FTA, 3 rebounds and 3 assists), Anton Lapez (9 points, 3-of-9 FGA, 2-of-8 3FGA, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal), Tyler Tio (6 points, 3-of-10 FGA and 4 rebounds), Jarrell Lim (6 points, 1-of-11 FGA, 4 rebounds and 2 assists), Donald Felbaum (4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists), Isaac Go (4 points, 2-of-7 FGA, 14 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block), Gian Go (3 points, 1-of-6 FGA, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block), Paolo Susmerano (2 points and 1 rebound), Louis Cu (2 points and 2 rebounds), Jacob Ejercito (1 point, 1 rebound and 1 assist), Mark Chan (0 point and 2 rebounds) and Luis Fernando (0 point).


TEAM STATS


HCHS – 22-of-63 FGA (.349), 5-of-17 3FGA (.294), 13-of-25 FTA (.520)

XS – 18-of-71 FGA (.254), 2-of-14 3FGA (.143), 17-of-24 FTA (.708 )


HCHS – 54 rebounds, 13 assists, 8 steals, 4 blocks, 22 turnovers

XS – 44 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 16 turnovers


NOTES

For the first time since 1993, Hope Christian High School grabbed the Juniors crown in its third straight Finals stint. HCHS coach Steve Tiu earned his third championship (1983/1993/2013) as HCHS coach and fourth overall, having led the school to the crown as a player in 1981 … HCHS guard Arjan Dela Cruz saved his best for last with a career-high 29 points, playing the fireman’s role each time Xavier School came dangerously close. He completed a three-point play to give HCHS a 52-44 edge at the 8:23 mark when the Golden Stallions came within five points, 49-44, on an Anton Lapez triple. After XS closed the gap to four, 55-51, for a second time in the fourth quarter on a Tyler Tio jumper (XS also trailed 52-48 earlier but Mark Nuñez connected on his third trifecta for a 55-48 HCHS edge), Dela Cruz knocked in four straight points (a basketball and a pair of free throws) to lift HCHS to a 59-51 advantage, time down to 3:49 … Dela Cruz earned BonChon Player of the Game honors … Just like when it trailed by as much as 21 points (56-35) midway through the third quarter of Game One, Xavier School got off to a slow start – leading just thrice, 2-0 on a Gian Go fielder, 4-3 on a Kyles Lao jumper and 6-4 on another Lao twinner – and dug itself too big a hole to overcome … Following deadlocks at 4-4 and 6-6, HCHS zoomed ahead with a 7-0 blast to move ahead, 13-6. It never trailed thereafter and held its largest lead of 18 points thrice – 33-15 late in the first quarter following a 9-0 run; 36-18 to open the third quarter; and 44-26 at the 5:14 mark of the third period on Dela Cruz’s jumper … The Golden Stallions rallied with eight unanswered points to come within 10, 44-34, on back-to-back baskets by 6-7 Isaac Go, with 1:39 left in the third quarter. But Dela Cruz sandwiched a Louis Cu fielder with a pair of baskets to restore order for Hope Christian, 48-36 … Jobert Mercado scored on an undergoal stab for his only points in the game with 1:23 remaining as HCHS built a 61-53 lead … Only Dela Cruz and Nuñez scored in twin digits for HCHS. Baby-faced John Apacible only registered only seven points but grabbed 15 boards and blocked three enemy missiles. Apacible was named Tiong Lian Finals Most Valuable Player with averages of 9.0 ppg, 15.7 rpg and 1.67 bpg in the three-game series. He was in double figures in rebounds each time (19, 13 and 15) … No rebounds, no championships – HCHS lived up to the slogan by topping XS in the rebounding race, 54-44 … In Game Three, the law of averages caught up with Kyles Lao, the tournament’s leading scorer with a 25.8-point clip in 13 assignments this season. The 6-foot Lao made 33 and 31 points (over a 32.0 average) on .583 (21-of-36) FG shooting in the first two games of the titular series. But in Game Three, he had a silent 18 points on a porous 5-for-20 shooting, including 3-for-12 in the first half when XS was a measly 5-of-35 (.143) from the floor as a team to trail by 16 points, 34-18, at halftime … Lao’s sidekick, Jarrell Lim (12.7-ppg season average), again faltered in Game Three with just six points (also his Game 1 output) on 1-of-11 field shooting, misfiring on all his five attempts in the final 20 minutes … Isaac Go chalked up his second straight game with at least 10 rebounds with 14 but the high school junior was held under 10 points in all three games (6-7-4) in the Finals … Jollo Go, who wound up the season as HCHS’s highest scorer with a 13.2-point average in 13 assignments,  struggled mightily in the decisive Game Three with just five markers on 2-for-13 field shooting … Kyles Lao was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player in the Juniors Division while Joshua Ramirez earned the same award in the Aspirants Division for the back-to-back titlist Chiang Kai Shek College … The top six student-athletes – one for each member school - in the Juniors Division of the 43rd MMTLBA BonChon Chicken tournament are Rodney Gonzales of Grace Christian College (sixth placer), Karl Billan of St. Jude Catholic School (fifth placer), Pierce Chan of host St. Stephen’s High School (fourth placer), Kimlee Bayquin of Chiang Kai Shek College (third placer), Kyles Lao of Xavier School (runner-up) and John Apacible of Hope Christian School (champion) … Hope Christian High School is next year’s MMTLBA host.

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS: XS, HCHS IN GAME 3

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS: XS, HCHS IN GAME 3

By Henry Liao


The deciding Game Three of the best-of-three Juniors Division Finals in the 43rd Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association BonChon Chicken tournament between Xavier School and Hope Christian High School will be held today, February 28, at the Chiang Kai Shek College Gymnasium.


Hope Christian High School is bidding to end a 20-year title drought while Xavier School is looking to regain its lofty status with a fifth championship in six years.


Hope Christian HS took the series opener with a 74-66 decision, leading by as much as 21 points (56-35) midway through the third period before staving off a huge rally by the Golden Stallions. HCHS hotshot Jollo Go knocked in seven triples and 23 points and burly center John Apacible registered a double-double with 10 points and 19 boards for coach Steve Tiu’s troops. With XS’s baby-faced 6-7 mastodon Isaac Go in early foul trouble, HCHS easily dominated the boards with a 52-31 rebounding edge. Kyles Lao, the tournament’s No. 1 scorer, chalked up exactly half of Xavier School’s total output with 33 points as no other player in Gold and Blue uniform hit double figures.


In Monday’s Game Two where neither side led by more than seven points, Xavier School proved to be a tough nut to crack in the five minutes to register an 80-74 success against HCHS. Following the sixth and final deadlock at 68-68, stocky reserve center Louis Cu, Lao and Paolo Susmerano clustered six consecutive points to propel the Golden Stallions to a 74-68 advantage that it never surrendered thereafter.


XS guard Anton Lapez knocked in his second three-pointer for a 77-71 lead at the 2:21 mark but his HCHS counterpart Arjan Dela Cruz answered back with a trifecta of his own 23 ticks later to cut the deficit to three points, 77-74, with 1:58 remaining. Rookie mentor Jerome Oliva’s forces finished off the title-hungry HCHS team with three free throws from Isaac Go and Jarrell Lim.


Lao once again topscored for the Golden Stallions with 31 points. He shot 9-of-16 from the field and was 13-of-13 from the free throw line, along with five rebounds and six assists in 33 minutes.


Lim, the missing link in XS’s offensive arsenal in the series opener when he made just six markers, atoned for his lackluster Game One performance with 18 points, including 16 in the first half. Isaac Go, who only had six points and four boards in the series-opening debacle, contributed seven and 10 this time, including five rebounds in the payoff quarter, for XS, whose 26 field goals came off 20 assists.


Just like in Game One, HCHS’s share-the-offensive-wealth strategy produced five double-digit scorers in the second game. Dela Cruz was tops with 16 points, Jobert Mercado had 15 off the bench and Jollo Go totaled a dozen despite a forgettable 4-for-17 floor effort (including 2-of-13 from three-point territory). Leon Guion added 10 points and Apacible posted a second straight double-double with 10 markers and 13 rebounds.


Hope Christian High School attempted just 16 times from the charity stripes and made 11 while Xavier School went 24-for-31 from the same area. Both schools grabbed 37 rebounds each.


* * *


Here are some Finals notes.


+ Jose (Jollo) Go IV, Hope Christian High School’s scoring leader this season with a 13.9-point clip, is pacing the Tiong Lian tournament in three-pointers made with 36 triples in 12 appearances, or an average of three a game. He collected at least one trifecta in 10 of his 12 assignments, missing out only in both encounters against 2012 titlist Chiang Kai Shek College.


In contrast, Xavier School’s Kyles Lao, the tournament’s No. 1 scorer with a 26.5 average, is 1-for-19 from the three-point area this season.


+ Xavier School’s Gian and Isaac Go are bidding to become the first set of brothers in the league to play on a championship unit since Jeric and Jeron Teng of the Golden Stallions in 2009.


+ Only one team in Tiong Lian history has reached the Finals thrice in a row without winning a championship – the defunct Uno High School in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Today, Hope Christian HS hopes to avoid joining Uno High School with the futility record.

 

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS: XS BEATS HCHS, FORCES GAME 3

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 6:35 AM

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS: XS BEATS HCHS, FORCES GAME 3

By Henry Liao


VENUE

Chiang Kai Shek College Gymnasium


DATE

February 25, 2013


RESULT

Finals Game 2


Xavier School 80 – Hope Christian High School 74 (series tied, 1-1)

Quarter Scores: 18-14, 40-38, 54-55, 80-74


SCHEDULE

Finals Game 3 – Thursday, February 28, @Chiang Kai Shek College Gymnasium


STATISTICS


XS

Kyles Lao (31 points, 9-of-16 FGA, 13-of-13 FTA, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal), Jarrell Lim (18 points, including 16 in the first half, 6-of-11 FGA, 5-of-8 FTA, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal), Gian Go (7 points and 3 rebounds), Isaac Go (7 points, 3-of-8 FGA, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks), Anton Lapez (6 points, 2-of-4 3FGA, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal), Paolo Susmerano (4 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists), Jacob Ejercito (1-of-1 3FGA, 1 rebound and 1 steal), Tyler Tio (2 points and 1-of-1 FGA), Louis Cu (2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist), Donald Felbaum (0 point and 3 rebounds), Mark Chan (0 point and 1 rebound) and Luis Fernando (0 point).


HCHS

Arjan Dela Cruz (16 points, 7-of-14 FGA, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 7 turnovers), Jobert Mercado (15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals), Jollo Go (12 points, 4-of-17 FGA, 2-of-13 3FGA. 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal), John Apacible (10 points, 5-of-7 FGA, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks), Leo Guion (10 points, 3-of-9 FGA, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals), Mark Nuñez (5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal), Jeffrey Siybauco (3 points), Kenneth Sumalacay (2 points), Jomari Tubiano (1 point, 4 rebounds and 1 block) and James Galoso (0 point and 2 rebounds).


TEAM STATISTICS


XS 26-of-53 FGA (.491), 4-of-8 3FGA (.500), 24-of-31 FTA (.774), 37 rebounds

HCHS 29-of-72 FGA (.403), 5-of-19 3FGA (.263), 11-of-16 FTA (.688), 37 rebounds


XS 20 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 24 turnovers, 28 points off 22 HCHS turnovers

HCHS 12 assists, 9 steals, 3 blocks, 22 turnovers, 22 points off 24 XS turnovers

NOTES


The decisive Game Three of the best-of-three Juniors Finals will be played on Thursday, February 25, 6:00 p.m. … Xavier School has been involved in each of the last four Finals that went the maximum three-game route – vs. St. Stephen’s High School (1-2) in 2005, vs. Chiang Kai Shek College (2-1) in 2008 and vs. Hope Christian High School (2-1) in 2011 and this season … Hope Christian High School is looking to end two decades of futility with a first-ever Juniors crown since 1993 … Xavier School seeks to capture its fifth Juniors crown in six years … Game Two was a game of spurts and the largest lead for either side was seven points… HCHS got off to a 7-0 start, but XS scored the next eight points to go up, 8-7 … HCHS grabbed the upperhand, 12-8, on five consecutive points, including a triple by Jeffrey Siybauco. Jarrell Lim, who tallied a measly six markers in the series opener won by HCHS, 74-66, clustered six straight points and Isaac Go made a basket as XS took the first quarter, 18-14 … HCHS opened the second quarter with another 7-0 run to go up, 21-18 … There were deadlocks at 12-12, 21-21 and 38-38 (after XS had taken a 38-31 lead) before Lim gave XS a slim 40-38 advantage at halftime. Kyles Lao had 17 points in the first 20 minutes (6-of-11 FGA, 5-of-5 FTA) while his sidekick Lim totalled 16 on 6-of-8 field shooting. Jobert Mercado came off the bench to score eight markers for HCHS … XS was ahead 44-38 early in the third quarter when HCHS put together another 7-0 blast on baskets by Mercado, John Apacible and Arjan Dela Cruz to regain the advantage, 45-44 … After Lao scored for the Gold and Blue for a 46-45 lead, Hope Christian knocked in eight consecutive points on fielders by Jollo Go, Mercado, Apacible (four points) to zoom ahead, 53-46. It was still 55-48 when XS finished the third quarter with a 6-0 run to trail by just one point, 55-54, entering the fourth period … Gian Go and Lao each had a pair of free throws as XS regained the upperhand, 58-55. A triple by Jollo Go deadlocked the score at 58-58 and a long two again from Go put HCHS again on the driver’s seat, 60-58 … Just as quickly, Jacob Ejercito surprisingly connected on a three-pointer and Lao had a fielder as the Golden Stallions of rookie mentor Jerome Oliva went up, 63-60 … Mercado completed a three-point play and equalized the count at 63-63 at the 7:49 mark … Brothers Gian Go and Isaac Go had two free throws and a jumphook, respectively, as Xavier School moved ahead once more, 67-63 … Mark Nuñez connected on a trifecta and following a Gian Go freebie, Dela Cruz forced the sixth and final deadlock of the game, 68-68, time down to 5:17 … Louis Cu scored underneath the basket, Lao made a pair of charity shots and Susmerano completed a fastbreak as Xavier School grabbed a 74-68 advantage at the 3:44 mark … Three free throws by Dela Cruz and Leo Guion closed HCHS’s deficit to three, 74-71, but Anton Lapez knocked in second triple with 2:21 left. Dela Cruz subsequently made a three-pointer of his own as XS’s lead was again reduced to three, 77-74, at the 1:58 mark … Consecutive misses by HCHS, including a trey by Jollo Go, at crunchtime sealed the deal for XS, which finalized the count with three free throws from Isaac Go (1-of-2) and Lim (2-of-4) … Lao picked up his seventh BonChon Chicken Player of the Game award.

2013 MMTLBA: HCHS SEEKS 1ST JUNIORS CROWN IN TWO DECADES

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM

2013 MMTLBA: HCHS SEEKS 1ST JUNIORS CROWN IN TWO DECADES

By Henry Liao


For 20 long years, Hope Christian High School labored but failed to duplicate its 1993 Juniors Division title finish in the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association competitions.


During the stretch, Hope Christian High School dropped 22 consecutive games over four seasons (last four games in 2006, 0-7 in 2007, 0-7 in 2008 and first four games in 2009).


Things turned for the better in 2010 when it finished third. The following season, HCHS grabbed a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Finals but Xavier School took the second and third games to foil HCHS’s title bid.


In 2012, Hope Christian HS advanced to the Finals for the second straight year with an unblemished 7-0 record but third seed Chiang Kai Shek College, after knocking off the then-“five-peat” title-seeking Xavier School twice in the semifinals, upset HCHS, 2-0, in the championship duel to prolong the latter’s agonizing title drought for another year.


This season, Hope Christian High School topped the elimination phase again via the quotient system (identical record of 8-2 with XS and CKSC) and on its Finals warpath for the second time in three years are the Golden Stallions.


Redemption may come as early as today, February 25, as Hope Christian HS seeks to end two decades of futility when it takes on Xavier School in Game Two of their best-of-three Juniors championship series in the 43rd MMTLBA-BonChon Chicken competitions at the Chiang Kai Shek College gymnasium.


In the series opener, Hope Christian HS hung tough at crunch time to register a morale-boosting 74-66 victory over Xavier School behind Tiong Lian Most Valuable Player candidate Jollo Go’s seven triples and 23 points.


Coach Stevenson Tiu’s charges took a 21-point lead, 56-35, halfway through the third quarter on shifty reserve Jobert Mercado’s three-point play. However, the Golden Stallions came roaring back with a 16-1 run, including the quarter’s final eight points, to trail by just six, 57-51, entering the fourth period.


Xavier School was still within striking distance, 66-62, with five minutes and 22 seconds remaining when Go unloaded his sixth three-pointer and then assisted Arjan Dela Cruz on a fastbreak following a missed trifecta by Xavier School star Kyles Lao to propel HCHS to a 71-62 advantage.


The 6-foot Lao, the tournament’s No. 1 scorer with a 26.1-point clip, clustered four straight points to trim XS’s deficit to five points, 71-66, at the 3:01 mark.


Dela Cruz subsequently committed a turnover and 6-3 HCHS center John Apacibe went down with an injury but the Golden Stallions failed to cash in as Tyler Tio and Jarrell Lim misfired on their jumpers.


With 41.5 ticks left, Go hit another booming triple, his seventh in 16 attempts, to give Hope a 74-66 edge and a 1-0 Finals advantage.


In addition to Go, a transferee from St. Jude Catholic School, four other players scored in double digits for HCHS – Mercado, 13 points (along with nine rebounds); Apacible, 10 (plus 19 boards); Leo Guion, 10; and Dela Cruz, 10 (along with nine rebounds).


With Xavier School’s 6-7 mastodon Isaac Go plagued by foul trouble (two fouls with only one minute and 16 seconds gone in the first quarter and a third with 4:56 left in the first half), Hope Christian HS easily topped the rebounding race, 52-31, including 18-11 off the offensive glass.


Lao bucked the tenacious defense of Guion and Dela Cruz to score exactly half of Xavier School’s total output with his 33 points on 12-for-20 field shooting. He got little support from his teammates, though, as Tio (nine), Jarrell Lim (six) and Isaac Go (six plus four rebounds) combined for just 21 markers.


Should Xavier School emerge victorious today, a third game would be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, also at the CKSC Gymnasium.

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS: HCHS GRABS SERIES OPENER

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS: HCHS GRABS SERIES OPENER

By Henry Liao


DATE

February 21, 2013


VENUE

Chiang Kai Shek College


FINALS RESULT

Game One: Hope Christian High School 74 – Xavier School 66


SCHEDULE

Finals Game Two – Monday, February 25

Finals Game Three, if necessary – Thursday, Feb. 28


STATISTICS


Game One – Hope Christian High School 74 – Xavier School 66

Quarter Scores: 20-21, 42-28, 57-51, 74-66


HCHS

Jollo Go (23 points, 8-of-21 FGA, 7-of-16 from three-point area, 1 rebound and 2 assists), Jobert Mercado (13 points, 6-of-9 FGA, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal), John Apacible (10 points, 3-of-9 FGA, 4-of-12 FTA, 19 rebounds, 8 offensive rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal), Leo Guion (10 points, 3-of-6 FGA, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal), Arjan Dela Cruz (10 points, 3-of-5 FGA, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal), James Galoso (4 points and 3 rebounds), Mark Nuñez (2 points, 2-of-6 FTA, 5 rebounds and 3 assists), Kenneth Sumalacay (2 points and 2 rebounds), Jeffrey Siybauco (0 point) and Jomari Tubiano (0 point).


XS

Kyles Lao (33 points, 12-of-20 FGA, 9-of-13 FTA, 6 rebounds and 5 assists), Tyler Tio (9 points, 4-of-7 FGA, 1-of-3 from three-point area, 2 rebounds and 2 assists), Jarrell Lim (6 points, 3-of-11 FGA, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal), Isaac Go (6 points, 3-of-6 FGA, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block), Paolo Susmerano (5 points, 2-of-10 FGA, 1 rebound and 1 steal), Mark Chan (3 points and 7 rebounds), Anton Lapez (2 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists), Jacob Ejercito (2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal), Neil Dy (0 point), Donald Felbaum (0 point and 2 rebounds), Gian Go (0 point), Luis Fernando (0 point) and Louis Cu (0 point, 5 rebounds and 1 block).


NOTES

Hope Christian High School goes for a 2-0 sweep in the best-of-three Finals when it tangles with Xavier School on Monday, February 25. The team last captured the Tiong Lian Juniors crown in 1993 when current HCHS coach Stevenson Tiu also patrolled the sidelines … In the series opener, Xavier School dug itself too big a hole to overcome and HCHS’s three-point artist Jollo Go was unstoppable with his seven triples … Xavier School’s 6-7 mastodon Isaac Go committed his second foul with 8:44 left in the first quarter and Hope Christian High School held a 15-9 advantage on Jollo Go’s first of seven triples in the game … Tyler Tio connected on a three-pointer as XS grabbed the upperhand, 18-17. After a split from the foul line by HCHS’s Mark Nuñez that produced a deadlock at 18-18, King Stallion Kyles Lao hit a jumper for a 20-18 edge by his team. HCHS’s Jobert Mercado came off the bench to equalize the count at 20-20 before Lao closed out the high-scoring first quarter with a split from the charity stripes, 21-20, for his 11th point. It was to be the final time that the Gold and Blue would enjoy a lead … XS was still within four points, 28-24, when Hope Christian HS went on a 10-0 run, including a pair of trifectas by Jollo Go, to widen its lead to 38-24 as Isaac Go went to the sidelines with his third foul at the 4:56 mark … The half ended at 42-28 with Jollo Go and Apacible collecting 14 and eight points, respectively, for Hope Christian … A three-point play by Mercado with 5:15 left in the third quarter gave HCHS its largest lead, 56-35 … However, XS came roaring back on a 16-1 run, including the quarter’s final eight points (four by Tio), to trail by just six, 57-51, entering the final quarter … The Golden Stallions came within four points, 59-55, on a Jarrell Lim basket, when Arjan Dela Cruz completed a three-point play to increase HCHS’s advantage to seven, 62-55, with 7:50 remaining. A follow-up by Mercado and the HCHS lead was nine, 64-55 … Five straight points by Lao, including a three-point play, and the XS’s deficit was down to four, 64-60, at the 6:21 mark … HCHS’s Leo Guion doused the uprising with a jumper, 66-60, but Isaac Go scored under the basket with 5:21 remaining to cut HCHS’’s lead to 66-62. Guion went out with left foot cramps during the sequence … Jollo Go played the fireman’s role twice in the final five minutes. He hit a three-pointer with 4:57 left and fed Arjan Dela Cruz for a layup at the 4:31 mark for a 71-62 HCHS lead … Lao brought Xavier School back within five, 71-66, with a pair of free throws and a fielder, time down to 3:01 … After a Dela Cruz turnover and an injury to Apacible, XS failed to come even closer as Tio, Lao and Lim misfired on their jumpers … With 41.5 ticks left, Jollo Go sealed the game for HCHS with another booming triple, 74-66 Hope ahead. Lao also missed a three-point shot in the next play … Jollo Go earned BonChon Player of the Game honors ... With Isaac Go hampered by early foul trouble, Hope Christian HS easily won the rebounding race, 52-31, including 18-11 off the offensive glass. That camouflaged the team’s frigid 15-of-30 performance from the free-throw line and negated Xavier School’s advantage in turnover points (21 off 22 HCHS turnovers vs. HCHS’s 5 off 9 XS turnovers) … XS attempted just 19 free throws and made 13, including 9 from Lao … Xavier School lost Game One of the 2011 Juniors Finals against Hope Christian HS but took the second and third games for the Golden Stallions’ fourth consecutive championship.

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS

Hope Christian High School (8-2) vs. Xavier School (8-2)


ELIMINATION ROUND RESULTS


January 19 – Xavier School 71 – Hope Christian High School 66 OT

February 9 – Hope Christian High School 72 – Xavier School 64


TALE OF THE TAPE (STATISTICS)


Team Offense

Xavier School, 1st (87.4 ppg)

Hope Christian HS, 3rd (85.4 ppg)


Team Defense

Xavier School, 1st (53.7 ppg)

Hope Christian HS, 2nd (54.6 ppg)


2-Point Field Goal Percentage

Hope Christian HS (262-of-568, .461)

Xavier School (329-of-697, .472)


3-Point Field Goal Percentage

Hope Christian High School (68-of-239, .285)

Xavier School (21-of-135, .156)


Free Throw percentage

Xavier School (153-of-240, .638)

Hope Christian HS (126-of-238, .529)


Rebounding

Xavier School (56.3 rpg)

Hope Christian HS (57.1 rpg)


Assists

Xavier School (18.1 apg)

Hope Christian HS (18.3 apg)


Steals

Xavier School (9.7 spg)

Hope Christian HS (10.5 spg)


Turnovers

Xavier School (16.0 tpg)

Hope Christian HS (18.0 tpg)


STATISTICAL LEADERS


Scoring

Kyles Lao, Xavier School (25.4 ppg – 1st)

Jarrell Lim, Xavier School (13.8 ppg – 5th)

Jobert Mercado, Hope Christian HS (13.4 ppg – 7th)

Jose Go, Hope Christian HS (13.2 ppg – 8th)

John Apacible, Hope Christian HS (12.3 ppg – 9th)

Antonio Yang, Hope Christian HS (11.8 ppg – 10th)


Rebounding

John Apacible, Hope Christian HS (10.5 rpg – 3rd)

Isaac Go, Xavier School (10.3 rpg – 4th)

Kyles Lao, Xavier School (7.5 rpg – 9th)

Jobert Mercado, Hope Christian HS (7.3 rpg – 10th)


Assists

Leo Guion, Hope Christian HS (4.7 apg – 1st)

Jarrell Lim, Xavier School (4.4 apg – 2nd)

Kyles Lao, Xavier School (3.9 apg – 3rd)

Anton Lapez, Xavier School (3.3 apg – 4th)

Mark Nuñez (3.0 apg – 6th)

Arjan Dela Cruz (2.6 apg – 8th tie)


Steals

Kyles Lao, Xavier School (2.20 spg – 1st)

Jarrell Lim, Xavier School (1.75 spg – 2nd)

Mark Nuñez, Hope Christian HS (1.40 spg – 6th tie)

Leo Guion, Hope Christian HS (1.40 spg – 6th tie)

Arjan Dela Cruz, Hope Christian HS (1.30 spg – 9th tie)

John Apacible, Hope Christian HS (1.30 spg – 9th tie)


Blocked Shots

Isaac Go, Xavier School (1.67 bpg – 2nd)

Louis Cu, Xavier School (1.10 bpg – 4th)

John Apacible, Hope Christian HS (1.00 bpg – 5th)

Mark Chan, Xavier School (0.67 bpg – 8th)


Overall Field Goal Percentage

John Apacible, Hope Christian HS (.610 – 1st)

Jobert Mercado, Hope Christian HS (.544 – 2nd)

Isaac Go, Xavier School (.508 – 4th)

James Galoso, Hope Christian HS (.486 – 7th)

Tyler Tio, Xavier School (.479 – 8th tie)

Kyles Lao, Xavier School (.479 – 8th tie)

Mark Chan, Xavier School (.467 – 10th)


TEAM ROSTERS


HOPE CHRISTIAN HS


4-Jobert Mercado (7 games, 13.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 spg)


5-Antonio Yang (6 games, 11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg)


6-Arjan Dela Cruz (10 games, 10.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg)


9-Kenneth Sumalacay (10 games, 6.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 spg)


10-Leo Guion (10 games, 7.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.4 spg)


11-John Apacible (10 games, 12.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.0 bpg)


12-Jomari Tubiano (10 games, 2.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg)


14-James Galoso (10 games, 4.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg)


15-Lerwin Yap (10 games, 1.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg)


16-Jose Go (10 games, 13.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg)


17-Jeffrey Siybauco* (9 games, 3.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg)


18-Mark Nuñez (10 games, 8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 spg)


Head Coach: Stevenson Tiu

XAVIER SCHOOL

4-Kyles Lao* (10 games, 25.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.2 spg)

5-Louis Cu (10 games, 4.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg)

6-John So (6 games, 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

7-Isaac Go (9 games, 9.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg)

8-Jacob Ejercito (8 games, 2.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg)

9-Luis Fernando (7 games, 3.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

10-Paolo Susmerano (9 games, 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 spg)

11-Gian Go (10 games, 4.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 apg)

12-Jarrell Lim (8 games, 13.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.8 spg)

14-Mark Chan (9 games, 3.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

15-Tyler Tio (10 games, 8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg)

16-Donald Felbaum (3 games, 1.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg)

17-Anton Lapez (10 games, 3.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.3 apg)

18-Francesco Sy (5 games, 3.8 ppg)

19-Neil Dy (8 games, 3.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

Head Coach: Jerome Oliva

* - Team Captain

2013 MMTLBA STATISTICAL LEADERS

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

2013 MMTLBA STATISTICAL LEADERS

(end of Elimination Round)


SCORING

1-Kyles Lao, Xavier School (10 games, 254 points, 25.4 ppg)

2-Rodney Gonzales, Grace Christian College (10 games, 210 points, 2l.0 ppg)

3-Pierce Chan, St. Stephen’s High School (10 games, 148 points, 14.8 ppg)

4-Carlo Young, Chiang Kai Shek College (9 games, 127 points, 14.1 ppg)

5-Jarrell Lim, Xavier School (8 games, 110 points, 13.8 ppg)

6-Kevin Ng, St. Stephen’s High School (9 games, 122 points, 13.6 ppg)

7-Jobert Mercado, Hope Christian HS (7 games, 94 points, 13.4 ppg)

8-Jollo Go, Hope Christian HS (10 games, 132 points, 13.2 ppg)

9-John Apacible, Hope Christian HS (10 games, 123 points, 12.3 ppg)

10-Antonio Yang, Hope Christian HS (6 games, 71 points, 11.8 ppg)


REBOUNDING

1-Rodney Gonzales, Grace Christian College (10 games, 130 rebounds, 13.0 rpg)

2-Pierce Chan, St. Stephen’s High School (10 games, 116 rebounds, 11.6 rpg)

3-John Apacible, Hope Christian HS (10 games, 105 rebounds, 10.5 rpg)

4-Isaac Go, Xavier School (9 games, 93 rebounds, 10.3 rpg)

5-Mohammad Al-Yusuof Salim, Chiang Kai Shek College (10 games, 98 rebounds, 9.8 rpg)

6-Francis Go, St. Jude Catholic School (10 games, 92 rebounds, 9.2 rpg)

7-Rafaelo Toribio, Chiang Kai Shek College (8 games, 92 rebounds, 9.0 rpg)

8-Karl Billan, St. Jude Catholic School (9 games, 78 rebounds, 8.7 rpg)

9-Kyles Lao, Xavier School (10 games, 75 rebounds, 7.5 rpg)

10-Jobert Mercado, Hope Christian HS (7 games, 51 rebounds, 7.3 rpg)


ASSISTS

1-Leo Guion, Hope Christian HS (10 games, 47 assists, 4.7 apg)

2-Jarrell Lim, Xavier School (8 games, 35 assists, 4.4 apg)

3-Kyles Lao, Xavier School (10 games, 39 assists, 3.9 apg)

4-Anton Lapez, Xavier School (10 games, 33 assists, 3.3 apg)

5-Kimlee Bayquin, Chiang Kai Shek College (10 games, 31 assists, 3.1 apg)

6-Mark Nuñez, Hope Christian HS (10 games, 30 assists, 3.0 apg)

7-Jeremy Gallemit, Chiang Kai Shek College (9 games, 25 assists, 2.8 apg)

8-Arjan Dela Cruz, Hope Christian HS (10 games, 26 assists, 2.6 apg)

9-Evan Ong, St. Stephen’s High School (10 games, 26 assists, 2.6 apg)

10-Paulo Pilanga, Chiang Kai Shek College (10 games, 23 assists, 2.3 apg)

 

STEALS

1-Kyles Lao, Xavier School (10 games, 22 steals, 2.20 spg)

2-Jarrell Lim, Xavier School (8 games, 14 steals, 1.75 spg)

3-Pierce Chan, St. Stephen’s High School (10 games, 17 steals, 1.7 spg)

4-Nikki Co, St. Stephen’s High School (9 games, 15 steals, 1.67 spg)

5-Carlo Young, Chiang Kai Shek College (9 games, 15 steals, 1.67 spg)

6-Joshua Tan, Chiang Kai Shek College (10 games, 14 steals, 1.40 spg)

7-Mark Nuñez, Hope Christian High School (10 games, 14 steals, 1.40 spg)

8-Leo Guion, Hope Christian High School (10 games, 14 steals, 1.40 spg)

9-Arjan Dela Cruz, Hope Christian High School (10 games, 13 steals, 1.30 spg)

10-John Apacible, Hope Christian High School (10 games, 13 steals, 1.30 spg)

 

BLOCKED SHOTS

1-Pierce Chan, St. Stephen’s High School (10 games, 17 blocks, 1.70 bpg)

2-Isaac Go, Xavier School (9 games, 15 blocks, 1.67 bpg)

3-Rodney Gonzales, Grace Christian College (10 games, 13 blocks, 1.30 bpg)

4-Louis Cu, Xavier School (10 games, 11 blocks, 1.10 bpg)

5-John Apacible, Hope Christian HS (10 games, 10 blocks, 1.00 bpg)

6-Mohammad Al-Yusuof Salim, Chiang Kai Shek College (10 games, 10 blocks, 1.00 bpg)

7-Maynard Yap, St. Jude Catholic School (10 games, 7 blocks, 0.70 bpg)

8-Mark Chan, Xavier School (9 games, 6 blocks, 0.67 bpg)

9-Denzell Go, Chiang Kai Shek College (10 games, 6 blocks, 0.60 bpg)

10-James Ung, Grace Christian College (9 games, 5 blocks, 0.56 bpg)


OVERALL FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (minimum: 12 FGM)

1-John Apacible, Hop Christian HS (50-of-82, .610)

2-Jobert Mercado, Hope Christian HS (37-of-68, .544)

3-Rodney Gonzales, Grace Christian College (78-of-149, .523)

4-Isaac Go, Xavier School (32-of-63, .508)

5-Ralph Tan, St. Stephen’s High School (18-of-36, .500)

6-Mohammad Al-Yusuof Salim (33-of-67, .493)

7-James Galoso, Hope Christian HS (18-of-37, .486)

8-Tyler Tio, Xavier School (34-of-71, .479)

9-Kyles Lao, Xavier School (102-of-213, .479)

10-Mark Chan, Xavier School (14-of-30, .467)

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS: HCHS FAVORED OVER XS

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

2013 MMTLBA JUNIORS FINALS: HCHS FAVORED OVER XS

By Henry Liao


For the second time in three years, Hope Christian High School and Xavier School will duke it out in the Juniors Division Finals of the 43rd Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association BonChon Chicken competitions at the Chiang Kai Shek College Gymnasium.


The best-of-three series opener will be held today, February 21. The second game will be on Monday, February 25. If necessary, Game Three will be played on February 28.


Hope Christian HS, Xavier School and 2012 titlist Chiang Kai Shek College tied for first place with identical 8-2 records at the end of the six-school, two-round elimination phase.


Without any playoffs other than the title series, the three-way deadlock was broken via the quotient system.


Hope Christian HS owned the highest quotient at 1.011 (or a point differential of plus three). Xavier School ranked second at 1.000 (or zero differential) and Chiang Kai Shek College’s one-year reign came to an end when it placed third at 0.989 (or a differential of minus three).


Hope Christian, which has reached the Finals for the third consecutive year, last captured the Juniors crown in 1993.


In 2011, the team lost to Xavier School, 2-1, after grabbing the series opener and halting the Golden Stallions’ league record-setting 32-game winning skein over four seasons. (It also marked the first time since the best-of-three Finals were instituted that the first-game winner failed to win the championship.)


A year later, top-seeded and erstwhile unbeaten HCHS was trounced by CKSC via a two-game sweep.


This year is a different story. With a deeper bench and more balanced scoring, coach Stevenson Tiu’s charges are slight favorites in the titular series against Xavier School.


Going into the Finals, HCHS owns a seven-game winning streak.


During the elimination phase, HCHS and XS split their two head-to-head duels. In the first round, the Golden Stallions came from behind to beat HCHS, 71-66, in overtime. (It was the first and only overtime game in the tournament this season.)


In the second round, HCHS stormed to an 18-point advantage with seconds left in the third quarter then hang tough at crunchtime to register a 72-64 payback victory over rookie mentor Jerome Oliva’s troops.


Xavier School ranked first in team offense (87.4 ppg) and first on team defense (53.7 ppg) during the eliminations. Hope Christian High School was third in team offense (85.4 ppg) and second on team defense (54.6 ppg).


Xavier School has a pair of twin-digit scorers in tournament leader Kyles Lao (25.4 ppg) and Jarrell Lim (13.8 ppg in eight games) while Hope Christian High School owns five double-digit point-producers in Jobert Mercado (13.4 ppg in seven games), Jollo Go (13.2 ppg), John Apacible (12.3 ppg along with 10.5 rpg), Antonio Yang (11.8 ppg in six games) and Arjan Dela Cruz (10.0 ppg).


The 6-foot Lao, a 2011 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship campaigner in Vietnam who is being wooed by Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle for the upcoming University Athletic Association of the Philippines season in July, was limited to a measly 10 points on 3-for-13 field-goal shooting in XS’s second-round loss to HCHS due to the leech-like defense of the hardworking Leo Guion, who leads the league in assists at 4.7 apg.


An interesting side attraction is the center matchup between the 6-4 Apacible and the 6-7 Isaac Go, a teammate of Lao’s in the 2011 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship and a member of the PH national unit that topped the 2012 SEABA Under-18 Championship in Singapore.


Apacible, who is rumored to be headed to the University of the East in the UAAP, is one of only three players in the league to average a double-double in points and rebounds – the others being winless Grace Christian College’s 6-3 Rodney Gonzales, the league’s back-to-back rebounding champion (13.0 rpg) and No. 2 scorer (21.0 ppg), and St. Stephen’s High School’s Pierce Chan (14.8 ppg and 11.6 rpg).


The burly Apacible ranks ninth in the Tiong Lian scoring ladder and is third on the rebounding charts.


Go, on the other hand, is XS’s third-best scorer with 9.3 ppg and ranks fourth in the league in rebounding at 10.3 rpg and and second in blocked shots with 1.67 bpg.

2013 MMTLBA: HCHS CLINCHES JUNIORS FINALS BERTH

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

2013 MMTLBA: HCHS CLINCHES JUNIORS FINALS BERTH

By Henry Liao


DATE

Monday, February 18


VENUE

Chiang Kai Shek College Gymnasium


RESULTS


Hope Christian High School 75 – St. Stephen’s High School 36

Chiang Kai Shek College 111 – Grace Christian College 55

(End of Elimination Round; Top 2 Qualify for Best-of-3 Finals_


FINAL STANDINGS (ELIMINATION ROUND)


1-Hope Christian High School (8-2)*, 2-Xavier School (8-2)*3-Chiang Kai Shek College (8-2), 4-St. Stephen’s High School (4-6), 5-St. Jude Catholic School (2-8) and 6-Grace Christian College (0-10)


* To break the triple tie for first place, the quotient system was applied. Hope Christian High School had the highest point differential with plus three, Xavier School ranked second with zero, and 2012 champion Chiang Kai Shek College was third with minus three. HCHS and XS thus qualified for the best-of-three Finals.


SCHEDULE (@Chiang Kai Shek College Gymnasium)


Thursday February 21 (6:00 p.m.) – Game 1, Finals

Monday February 25 (6:00 p.m.) – Game 2, Finals

Thursday February 28 (6:00 p.m.) – Game 3, Finals, if necessary


GAME 1

Hope Christian High School 75 – St. Stephen’s High School

Quarter Scores: 12-7, 34-19, 55-28, 75-36


HCHS

Arjan Dela Cruz (15 points, 6-of-11 FGA, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block), John Apacible (10 points, 5-of-7 FGA, 11 rebounds and 2 assists), Jollo Go (9 points, 3-of-11 FGA, 2-of-9 from three-point area and 3 rebounds), Mark Nuñez (8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal), Leo Guion (8 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals), Lerwin Yap (7 points and 3 rebounds), Jomari Tubiano (7 points and 8 rebounds), Antonio Yang (7, 2-of-7 FGA, 2-of-4 from three-point area), James Galoso (4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal), Jeffrey Siybauco (0 point and 1 rebound) and Kenneth Sumalacay (0 point, 11 rebounds and 3 assists). Jobert Mercado (DNP)


SSHS

Pierce Chan (14 points, 3-of-10 FGA, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block), Victor Ty (5 points and 2 rebounds), Evan Ong (4 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists), Kyle Chua (3 points and 2 rebounds), Nikki Co (3 points and 3 rebounds), Bryant Terrado (3 points and 1 rebound), Luigi Laroco (2 points and 3 rebounds), Ralph Tan (2 points and 2 rebounds), Michael Yu (0 point and 6 rebounds), Neil Lin (0 point), Rojeene Bondoc (0 point) and Richmond Legaspi (0 point). Kevin Ng (DNP)


NOTES

After St. Stephen’s High School took a 7-5 lead on a pair of free throws by Pierce Chan, Hope Christian High School unloaded a 9-0 blast (five of them by Arjan Dela Cruz) to grab a 14-7 advantage. HCHS never trailed thereafter … SSHS scored in single digits in the first (seven points), third (nine) and fourth (eight) quarters … Dela Cruz was named the BonChon Player of the Game awardee … Leo Guion finished the 10-game elimination round as the tournament’s top assistman at 4.7 apg … John Apacible, averaging 12.3 points (ninth in the league) and 10.5 rebounds (third in the league), is one of only three players in the league to average a double-double in points and rebounds this season (the others being Grace Christian College’s Rodney Gonzales and St. Stephen’s High School’s Pierce Chan) … HCHS has reached the Finals for the third straight season. HCHS and Xavier School will face each other in the Finals for the second time in three years.


GAME 2

Chiang Kai Shek College 111 – Grace Christian College 55

Quarters Scores: 33-8, 59-26, 79-37, 111-55


CKSC

Carlo Young (32 points, 13-of-24 FGA, 6-of-14 from three-point area, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals), Joshua Tan (13 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal), Kimlee Bayquin (12 points, 5-of-9 FGA, 4 rebounds and 6 assists), Jayson Jimenez (11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists), Jae Keenan Yap (11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists), Jeremy Gallemit (8 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals), Denzell Go (8 points and 6 rebounds), Mohammad Al-Yusuof Salim (8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks), Maverick Chua (4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists), John Gallego (2 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists), Paulo Pilanga (2 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists) and Rafaelo Toribio (0 point and 5 rebounds).


GCC

Rodney Gonzales (34 points, 12-of-24 FGA and 12 rebounds), Brian So (7 points, 2-of-7 3FGA, 4 rebounds and 3 assists), Russel Sy (6 points and 2 rebounds), James Ung (4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks), Joshua Cua (2 points and 9 rebounds), Don Magsakay (2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists), Tristan Hawson (0 point and10 rebounds), Hans Tiu (0 point and 3 rebounds), Val Pelaez (0 point and 2 rebounds), Do Young Kim (0 point), Alfred Co (0 point) and Patrick Castro (0 point).


NOTES

Despite learning beforehand that it had already been eliminated from the Finals race following Hope Christian HS’s victory over SSHS in the first game, CKSC played its hearts out, racing to an 11-0 advantage before Grace Christian College knew what hit them … CKSC’s Carlo Young, playing his final year of Tiong Lian eligibility, scored 17 (3-of-7 3FGA and 4-of-4 2FGA) of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter … Kimlee Bayquin, Joshua Tan and Jae Keenan Yap also have completed their TL eligibility … Young, who earned BonChon Player of the Game honors, finished the elimination round as the tournament’s No. 4 scorer with a 14.1-point clip. CKSC’s Mohammad Al-Yusuof Salim ranked fifth in rebounding at 9.8 rpg while teammate Rafaelo Toribio was seventh at 9.0 rpg … Grace Christian College’s Rodney Gonzales, who registered a career-high 34 points against CKSC in his final Tiong Lian appearance, is the only player in the league to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He ranked second in scoring (21.0 ppg – trailing only Xavier School’s Kyles Lao’s 25.4 ppg) and placed first in rebounding (13.0 rpg) for the second consecutive season ... In losing to CKSC, Grace Christian College dropped its 19th straight game over three seasons (the last two of the 2011 season, 0-7 in 2012 and 0-10 in 2013).


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