Everything and Anything about Tiong Lian



Posted on February 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM


By Henry L. Liao

Before the 42nd renewal of the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association tournament becomes a part of its tradition-steeped history, here are some highlights from the season past.

In the Year of the Dragon, Chiang Kai Shek College made a clean sweep of the championships at stake in the Juniors, Aspirants and Girls High School divisions. The unprecedented feat is unlikely to happen again for a long, long time. That’s because some of seven member schools do not even have a girls’ team and perennial powerhouse Xavier School caters exclusively to male students.

Hope Christian High School, which entered the best-of-three Finals againt CKSC with an unbeaten 7-0 record, was the first No. 1 seed not to capture the title series since 2008. That year, CKSC swept the elimination and semifinal segments for a 7-0 mark but dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 2 Xavier School in the Finals. Bannered by the dynamic duo of Jeric Teng and Gabriel Banal, the Golden Stallions stole Game One then completed the downfall of then-senior Justin Chua and the Blue Dragons with a convincing victory in the decisive third game.

The Tiong Lian Board selected the league’s Most Valuable Player from a list of seven outstanding student-athletes – one from each of the member schools. An MVP candidate must not only possess superior basketball skills but also be academically competent. He should also come from a Final Four school. Disqualified are players who have failing grades and flunked a school year (a repeater). Likewise, players who were thrown out of a game for unsportsmanlike conduct were not eligibile for MVP consideration.

The Magnificent Seven for the 2011-12 TL season were Rodney Gonzales of host Grace Christian College, Evan Ong of St. Stephen’s High School, Janrey Garrido of Hope Christian High School, Philipp Glendale Licaros of Uno High School, John Paul Nieles of Triple Crown winner Chiang Kai Shek College, Jason Ligad of St. Jude Catholic School and Jeron Teng of Xavier School.

Even though Xavier School failed to defend the Juniors crown it held for the past four years – having placed just third this season – Teng claimed his third straight MVP hardware to set a league record. The son of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) strongman Alvin Teng became the first TL player ever to earn MVP honors three times, consecutively or not.

Jeron, who turns 18 on March 21, also snared the league scoring crown for the third year in a row.

This past campaign, Teng hit at a 30.9-point clip in nine assignments. The 6-3 shooting guard had a pair of 50-point performances – a career second-best 58 vs. St. Stephen’s High School (Jan. 20, 119-56) and 50 vs. Grace Christian College (Feb. 3, 126-49) – in which he singlehandedly beat the Golden Stallions’ opponents.

In his four TL years with the XS Juniors, Teng won three titles and collected 1,215 points in 43 games for a 28.3-point career average. He torched Grace Christian College for 104 points in a 164-74 victory on Jan. 5, 2011 to become the first and only high school player in PH basketball history to score in triple figures in a single game. With the unprecedented feat, Teng will be among the five youthful athletes to receive the Antonio Siddayao Award during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Annual Awards Night on March 3 at the Manila Hotel.

St. Jude Catholic School’s Jason Ligad ranked second in the TL scoring race during the 2011-12 wars, averaging 24.8 ppg for the fourth-place Judenites of rookie head coach Cholo Villanueva, who was a member of De La Salle University’s 2007 UAAP title unit. Like Teng, the reed-thin Ligad has completed his high school eligibility.

Rounding out the top five in point production were Xavier School’s Kyles Lao (21.l ppg), a member of the PH national team to the 2011 FIBA Asia Under-16 tournament; champion Chiang Kai Shek College’s John Kevin Baytan, 17.0 ppg; and St. Stephen’s High School’s Pierre Chan, 14.6 ppg.

Teng (third league-best 12.1 rpg) was among the four players that registered a double-double in points and rebounds. The others were Baytan (10.5 rpg), Grace Christian College’s Rodney Gonzales (12.0 ppg/league-leading 14.2 rpg), and Uno High School’s Ryan Lim (10.3 ppg/league second-best 13.7 rpg).


By Henry L. Liao

A Triple Crown in the Year of the Dragon it was for the Chiang Kai Shek College Blue Dragons in the 42nd Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association competitions as they romped away with the championships in all three divisions – Juniors (for players age 19 and below), Aspirants (for players age 14 and below) and Girls High School.

Last Thursday, CKSC completed its Cinderella-like season when it grabbed the third jewel in its Triple Crown quest with a masterful 75-63 decision (36-25 halftime) over top seed but hard-luck Hope Christian High School for a stunning 2-0 sweep of the best-of-three Juniors Division Finals at the Uno High School gym in Tondo, Manila.

Significantly, first-year CKSC head coach Goldwin Monteverde utilized just eight players in that game, with substitute frontliners Jibon Daniel Larin and John Wilhelm Lee each scoring two points on just nine and five minutes, respectively.

In the title-series opener Monday night, CKSC whipped HCHS, 79-75, to pull its opponent out of the unblemished ranks after seven consecutive victories in the six-week competitions.

During the semifinals, the third-seeded Blue Dragons overcame a twice-to-beat disadvantage against second-seeded Xavier School with a pair of victories – an 83-76 win in their initial encounter and an emphatic 70-50 decision in the series-decider.

Effectively, coach Goldwin Monteverde’s charges dethroned the Golden Stallions, who last season set a league record by winning their fourth straight Juniors crown.

In the Finals, CKSC skipper John Kevin Baytan collected 22 points, five rebounds and two assists in Game One and 12 scores, 13 boards, two feeds and two steals in Game Two. Deservedly so, the 6-3 swingman, with averages of 17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.0 spg, was named the Finals’ Most Valuable Player.

Three other Blue Dragons averaged in double-digit scores – four-position backup Kimlee Bayquin and starting guards John Paul Nieles and Carlo Young.

Bayquin, who like Nieles and Young hails from Bacolod City, normed 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.0 minutes of reserve service during the two-game championship series. In the finale, the versatile 6-footer knocked in three of his six three-point attempts (5-for-10 from the field overall) and totaled 16 markers off the bench.

Nieles contributed Finals averages of 13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.5 spg. The cat-quick 5-4 playmaker chalked up 17 points, four boards, four assists and three steals in his final Tiong Lian appearance.

Young also normed 13.0 points along with 7.0 rpg and 4.5 apg in the Finals. In the series clincher, the 5-9 junior swingman shot 6-for-11 from the field (including 2-for-4 from the trifecta area) en route to a game-high 21-point effort in 39 minutes. He played the entire second half and accounted for 15 of CKSC’s 39-point output in the final half.

Wilson Bartolome, a 6-6 junior in his first year with the Blue Dragons, came up with 11 blocks (6-5) in the Finals. The 17-year-old native of Cavite City also contributed 9.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg.

Joshua Tan averaged 8.5 points and 2.0 blocks in the championship series. The 5-8 southpaw swingman had 17 points and three blocks in Game One – including four threes and a rare four-point play (a three-pointer and a free throw following a fouled attempt) at the start of the second quarter – but was held scoreless in the second game when he misfired on all of his seven field attempts.

Other members of this year’s CKSC’s Juniors squad – the first to capture the crown since 2007 – are Dale Dy, Dwight Earl Mopas, Jherson Jake San Agustin, Jae Keenan Yap, Jayson Jimenez and Jef Denzell Go.

Baytan, Nieles, San Agustin and Lee have completed their Tiong Lian eligibility.

With the Finals’ win, Monteverde claimed his sixth overall TL Juniors title as a head coach. Previously, he steered St. Stephen’s High School to five championships in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005. Monteverde also steered St. Jude Catholic School to a pair of Finals stint (2009 and 2010) during his six-year stint (2006-2011) with the Mendiola-based school.

Monteverde, whose CKSC coaching staff includes Fredino Atienza, John Sia and Jun Tiongco, is the second-winningest Juniors coach in TL annals.

Pioneer Philippine Basketball Association veteran Sunny Co, now a CKS team consultant, holds the all-time league mark with seven Juniors titles – 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 2007 – all with the Blue Dragons.





1-Jeron Teng, Xavier School, 9 games, 278 points, 30.9 ppg

2-Jason Ligad, St. Jude Catholic School, 8 games, 198 points, 24.8 ppg

3-Kyles Lao, Xavier School, 9 games, 190 points, 21.1 ppg

4-John Kevin Baytan, Chiang Kai Shek College, 11 games, 187 points, 17.0 ppg

5-Pierre Chan, Ste. Stephen’s HS, 7 games, 102 points, 14.6 ppg

6-Rodney Gonzales, Grace Christian College, 6 games, 72 points, 12.0 ppg

7-Carlo Young, Chiang Kai Shek College, 10 games, 119 points, 11.9 ppg

8-Philipp Licaros, Uno HS, 7 games, 80 points, 11.4 ppg

9-Kevin Ng, St. Stephen’s HS, 7 games, 78 points, 11.1 ppg

10-Paolo Cabero, Xavier School, 9 games, 94 points, 10.4 ppg

11-Ryan Lim, Uno HS, 7 games, 72 points, 10.3 ppg

12-Joel Chang, St. Jude Catholic School, 8 games, 81 points, 10.1 ppg

13-Richard Sy, St. Jude Catholic School, 8 games, 81 points, 10.1 ppg

14-John Paul Nieles, Chiang Kai Shek College, 11 games, 106 points, 9.6 ppg

15-Kimlee Bayquin, Chiang Kai Shek College, 10 games, 94 points, 9.4 ppg

16-Clint Doliquez, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 84 points, 9.3 ppg

17-Joshua Tan, Chiang Kai Shek College, 11 games, 101 points, 9.2 ppg

18-Don Mendoza, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 81 points, 9.0 ppg

19-Lanz Tan, Grace Christian College, 6 games, 54 points, 9.0 ppg

20-King Benemerito, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 77 points, 8.6 ppg

21-Janrey Garrido, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 77 points, 8.6 ppg


1-Rodney Gonzales, Grace Christian College, 6 games, 85 rebounds, 14.2 rpg

2-Ryan Lim, Uno HS, 7 games, 96 rebounds, 13.7 rpg

3-Jeron Teng, Xavier School, 9 games, 109 rebounds, 12.1 rpg

4-John Kevin Baytan, Chiang Kai Shek College, 11 games, 115 rebounds, 10.5 rpg

5-Richard Sy, St. Jude Catholic School, 8 games, 76 rebounds, 9.5 rpg

6-Clint Doliquez, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 76 rebounds, 8.4 rpg

7-Adrian Te, St. Stephen’s HS, 6 games, 50 rebounds, 8.3 rpg

8-Christian Errol Villar, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 71 rebounds, 7.9 rpg

9-Donald Felbaum, Xavier School, 6 games, 47 rebounds, 7.8 rpg

10-King Benemerito, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 66 rebounds, 7.3 rpg


1-Paolo Cabero, Xavier School, 9 games, 51 assists, 5.7 apg

2-John Paul Nieles, Chiang Kai Shek College, 11 games, 53 assists, 4.8 apg

3-Jeron Teng, Xavier School, 9 games, 41 assists, 4.6 apg

4-Evan Ong, St. Stephen’s HS, 7 games, 27 assists, 3.9 apg

5-Philipp Licaros, Uno HS, 7 games, 25 assists, 3.6 apg

6-Jason Ligad, St. Jude Catholic School, 8 games, 27 assists, 3.4 apg

7-Cholo Claver, Grace Christian College, 7 games, 22 assists, 3.1 apg

8-Kyles Lao, Xavier School, 9 games, 26 assists, 2.9 apg

9-Don Mendoza, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 24 assists, 2.7 apg


1-Paolo Cabero, Xavier School, 9 games, 26 steals, 2.89 spg

2-Don Mendoza, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 17 steals, 1.89 spg

3-Kyles Lao, Xavier School, 9 games, 18 steals, 2.00 spg

4-Cholo Claver, Grace Christian College, 7 games, 14 steals, 2.00 spg

5-Jeron Teng, Xavier School, 9 games, 15 steals, 1.67 spg

6-Evan Ong, St. Stephen’s High School, 7 games, 11 steals, 1.57 spg

7-Jason Ligad, St. Jude Catholic School, 8 games, 12 steals, 1.50 spg

8-Edralin Villanueva, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 12 steals, 1.33 spg

9-Kimlee Bayquin, Chiang Kai Shek College, 11 games, 13 steals, 1.18 spg


1-Wilson Bartolome, Chiang Kai Shek College, 11 games, 32 blocks, 2.91 bpg

2-George Isaac Go, Xavier School, 7 games, 11 blocks, 1.57 bpg

3-Clint Doliquez, Hope Christian HS, 9 games, 14 blocks, 1.56 bpg

4-Mark Ong, St. Jude Catholic School, 8 games, 8 blocks, 1.00 bpg

5-John Kevin Baytan, Chiang Kai Shek College, 11 games, 11 blocks, 1.00 bpg

6-Rodney Gonzales, Grace Christian College, 6 games, 6 blocks, 1.00 bpg

7-Ryan Lim, Uno HS, 7 games, 6 blocks, 0.86 bpg



Game 3, Finals

Day 16, Uno High School Gym

Feb. 23, 2012

Game Result/Finals Game Two:

No. 3 Chiang Kai Shek College 75 – No. 1 Hope Christian High School 63

CKSC beat Hope Christian HS, 2-0, to capture the Juniors title for the first time since 2007. Hope Christian HS has not won the Juniors crown since 1993.

Notes: Chiang Kai Shek College beat Hope Christian High School, 75-63, in Game Two of the best-of-three Juniors Division finals of the 42nd MMTLBA tournament at the Uno High School Gym to capture its 15th overall crown via a two-game sweep.

Last Monday (Feb. 20), CKSC whipped HCHS, 79-75, to take the series opener.

The Blue Dragons never trailed after grabbing an 18-16 edge at the end of the first 10-minute quarter, which was marked by two deadlocks (8-all and 14-all) and three lead changes.

CKSC enjoyed its first double-digit lead, 36-25, at halftime after tallying the last eight points in the second quarter, including a pair of three-pointers by Kimlee Bayquin.

The Blue Dragons made it 11 consecutive points as Carlo Young opened the third quarter with a trey of his own for a 39-25 advantage.

A pair of free throws by playmaker Janrey Garrido trimmed HCHS’s deficit to nine points, 46-37, but a John Kevin Baytan twinner restored CKSC’s lead to 13, 57-44, at the end of three quarters.

Backup frontliner Jibon Larin opened the fourth and payoff quarter with a basket as the Blue Dragons enjoyed their biggest lead, 59-44.

With eight minutes and 32 seconds remaining, and CKSC ahead, 59-48, a 10-minute brownout struck due to a circuit breakdown. When the lights came back, Hope Christian regained its bearing and slowly sliced CKSC’s lead to four, 62-58, at the 4:48 mark on a 10-run built around Garrido’s five points, including a long triple.

A Garrido error following a botched CKSC offensive took the life out of the top-seeded HCHS as the Blue Dragons moved ahead by eight points, 66-58, after a magnificent spin move by Baytan with 2:34 left.

Garrido hit his third triple to cut HCHS’s deficit to five, 66-61, but three free throws by Young and 6-6 center Wilson Bartolome put CKSC safely ahead, 71-63, time down to 41.3 seconds.

With 23 seconds left, a commotion happened when Bartolome grabbed a defensive rebound and was struck hard in the nape by Christian Errol Villar for his fifth and final foul. Bartolome took offense to the hard foul and a verbal skirmish between CKSC’s Bayquin and Baytan and HCHS’s King Benemerito developed. HCHS’s Edralin Villanueva and Leo Guion were sent off the floor for joining the fray off the bench.

Young led four CKSC players in double-digit scoring. He collected 21 points (on 6-11 FG, 7-8 FT shooting), six rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. Nieles, a senior, got 17 points (including 10 in the first half), four boards, four assists and three steals in his final Tiong Lian appearance.

Bayquin, who like Young still has a year of TL eligibility, knocked in three triples and totaled 16 markers and five reebies for the Blue Dragons, whose first-year head coach Goldwin Monteverde picked up his sixth Juniors title overall (the first five were with St. Stephen’s High School), second most to current CKSC consultant Sunny Co’s seven (all with CKSC, the last one coming in 2007) on the all-time list.

Baytan, who was named the Finals Most Valuable Player, registered a double-double with 12 points (5-9 FGA) and 13 rebounds as CKSC shot .403 (25-for-62) from the field.

Monteverde utilized just eight players during the game.

Hope Christian HS, which was 7-0 going into the Finals, got 13 points (all in the second half) from Garrido and 10 from Clint Doliquez, who also grabbed eight boards. Guard Reymond Tan contributed nine points and Benemerito had eight. Newcomer Don Mendoza, who missed three perimeter shots at the height of Hope Christian’s searing fourth-quarter rally, and Villar added six points apiece.

Three HCHS men plucked down at least 12 rebounds – Villar, 15, Benemerito, 12, and Guion, 12 – as coach Stevenson Tiu’s boys won the battle of the boards, 67-38. The team, however, made just .271 (22-for-81) of its field attempts.

Regulars Villar, Benemerito, Mendoza, Garrido and Tan all have completing their TL eligibility (due to graduation or age limit).

Meanwhile, Xavier School’s Jeron Teng romped away with his league record-setting third consecutive MVP award. XS, the No. 2 seed and four-time defending titlist, lost twice to CKSC during the semifinals.

Teng was among the seven outstanding student-athletes (one from each member school) selected for MVP consideration. The others were Rodney Gonzales (host Grace Christian College), Evan Ong (St. Stephen’s High School), Garrido (Hope Christian High School), Philipp Glendale Licaros (Uno High School), Nieles (Chiang Kai Shek College) and Jason Ligad (St. Jude Catholic School).

The MVP awardees from the Aspirants Division (for players age 14 and under) and Girls High School Division will be announced later.

St. Stephen’s High School is next year’s MMTLBA host school.



Game One, Finals

Uno High School Gym

Feb. 20, 2012

Game Result/Finals Game One:

No. 3 Chiang Kai Shek College 79 – No. 1 Hope Christian High School 75

Game Schedule: Finals Game Two – Feb. 23 (Thu, 6 p.m.); and Finals Game Three, if necessary – Feb. 25 (Sat, 6 p.m.).


Notes: Chiang Kai Shek College, which had earlier romped away with the championships in the Aspirants Division (for players age 14 and under) and Girls High School Division, goes for the third jewel in its Triple Crown quest when the upset-conscious Blue Dragons take on No. 1 seed Hope Christian High School on Thursday, Feb. 23 (6 p.m.), at the Uno Gym in Tondo, Manila … In the series opener last Feb. 20, CKSC sent Hope Christian HS to its first defeat in eight appearances this season with a hard-earned 79-75 decision in a exciting pendulum-like match that produced 11 deadlocks (2-2, 20-20, 30-30, 32-32, 39-39, 45-45, 55-55, 63-63, 65-65, 67-67 and 73-73) and 15 lead changes … CKSC’s biggest lead was six points (38-32 late in the second quarter) while Hope Christian’s largest was also six (45-39 in the early seconds of the third quarter) … Quarter scores were: 23-22 Hope Christian, 43-39 Hope Christian, 63-59 Hope Christian and 79-75 CKSC …

Hope Christian jumped to early five-point leads, 12-7 and 14-9, but speedy playmaker John Paul Nieles hit a jumper as CKSC forced a deadlock, 20-all … Seldom-used Arjan Dela Cruz made a three at the first quarter’s end for a 23-22 HCHS lead … After a Clint Doliguez basket broke a 30-30 tie (following a trey by CKSC’s John Kevin Baytan), the Blue Dragons zoom ahead, 38-32, on an 8-0 run (including four by Kimlee Bayquin and three by Baytan) … HCHS came right back with an 11-1 blast, built around Janrey Garrido’s five points (including a trifecta), to take the first half, 43-39 … King Benemerito opened the third quarter with a jumper to push HCHS’ lead to six points, 45-45. However, Wilson Bartolome completed a three-point play to even the score at 45-45 … Joshua Tan connected on a three as CKSC went up by five, 51-46. Nieles gave CKSC another five-point advantage, 55-50, but HCHS closed out the third quarter with a 13-4 run,

including nine straight points (from 50-55 to 59-55) at one stretch, to regain the upperhand, 63-59 …Baskets by Tan and Carlo Young forced a 63-63 tie. It was the first of four deadlocks in the payoff period … Young split his free throws for a 72-69 CKSC lead, time down to 3:24. Thirteen seconds earlier, Baytan had returned to action after being sidelined by cramps with 36.3 ticks remaining in the third quarter … Garrido scored on a layup and Villar made a twinner as HCHS was in the driver’s seat once more, 73-72, with 2:46 left … A Bartolome free throw send the game into 11th and final deadlock, 73-73 … Then came the game-winning three-pointer by Baytan from the right baseline for a 76-73 lead at the 1:43 mark. Reymond Tan got a long two 19 ticks later to trim the deficit to 76-75 … CKSC stretched its lead to two, 77-75, on a Nieles free throw with a minute and five seconds left. Following a failed HCHS offensive, CKSC committed a

24-second shot violation with 26.5 seconds left. HCHS regained the ball with 13.0 ticks remaining when CKSC was called for kick-ball violation … Doliquez went inside for a potential tying basket but the tree-like Bartolome swatted away his shot (his sixth block for the game) and recovered the ball, forcing HCHS to foul him with 2.2 ticks left. Bartolome finalized the score, 79-75, with a pair of free throws. A Garrido three just after the buzzer was not counted … Baytan collected 22 points (5-9 FGA, 3-5 3FGA, 9-13 FTA), five rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot in 28 minutes for CKSC, which is looking for its league-leading 15th Juniors title, and the first since 2007 under Justin Chua, who’s now 4-for-4 in UAAP championship-series wins with the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles. Three other CKSC players scored in double digits – Joshua Tan, 17 (including four threes, plus four boards, two assists and three blocks); Bartolome, 13

(plus 10 rebounds and six blocks); and Bayquin, 13. Nieles scored nine markers (on 4-for-5 field shooting) and Young had five points, eight rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes … Hope Christian HS, which has not won the Juniors crown since 1993, got 17 points and seven reebies from Doliquez, 15 points each from Garrido and King Benemerito, and seven apiece from Don Louis Mendoza and Reymond Tan. Garrido also had four steals and three assists, Mendoza collected six rebounds and four assists, Benemerito plucked down nine boards. Christian Errol Villar only scored six points but had team highs of 10 rebounds and six assists … The Tiong Lian Board will soon select this year’s MVP awardee from a list of seven outstanding student-athletes – one from each of the seven member schools. One criterion for the MVP award is that a candidate must not have flunked or repeated a year level at any time during his high school career. Xavier School’s

Jeron Teng was the MVP in each of the last two seasons.





Don Louis Mendoza – 9.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.14 spg

King Benemerito – 7.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Clint Doliquez – 8.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg

Waldrich Siy – 5 g, 5.4 ppg

Janrey Garrido – 7.0 ppg, 1.4 apg

Christian Errol Villar – 7.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg

Edralin Villanueva – 5.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg

John Apacible – 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Leo Guion – 4.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Reymond Tan – 4.1 ppg

Jeffrey Siybauco – 5 g, 3.0 ppg

Mark Nuñez – 3.7 ppg

Cedric Lagamayo – 5 g, 2.6 ppg

Arjan Dela Cruz – 2.4 ppg

Lerwin Yap – 5 g, 1.6 ppg


John Kevin Baytan – 17.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 1.9 apg

Carlo Young – 8 g, 11.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg

John Paul Nieles – 8.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.3 apg

Joshua Tan – 9.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.11 spg

Jherson San Agustin – 5 g, 5.4 ppg

Kimlee Bayquin – 8 g, 8.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.25 spg

Wilson Bartolome – 5.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.22 bpg

Dwight Mopas – 4 g, 3.5 ppg

Dale Dy – 7 g, 2.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Jef Denzell Go – 4 g, 3.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Jae Keenan Yap – 6 g, 3.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Jayson Jimenez – 8 g, 3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg

John Lee – 2.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Jibon Larin – 2.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg

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Game Three, Finals

Uno High School Gym

Feb. 16, 2012

Game Result:

No. 1 Chiang Kai Shek College 71 – No. 2 St. Jude Catholic School 54

Chiang Kai Shek College beat St. Jude Catholic School, 2-1, in the best-of-three Finals to romp away with the title. SJCS downed CKSC, 2-1, during the 2011 Finals.


Game Three, Finals

Uno High School Gym

Feb. 16, 2012

Game Result:

No. 1 Chiang Kai Shek College 82 – No. 2 Xavier School 72

Chiang Kai Shek College defeated Xavier School, 82-72, in the decisive third game of the best-of-3 Aspirants Division Finals Thursday night at the Uno High Gym to capture its first-ever Aspirants crown and end the Golden Stallions’ nine-year championship reign.

CKSC, which took Game Two, 112-71, after dropping an 85-77 decision in the series opener, practically led from start to finish. Center Rylle Tee scored the game’s first basket to give Xavier School a 2-1 lead. It was the Golden Stallions’ first and only lead as CKSC went on a 6-0 run to go ahead, 7-2. The Blue Dragons held the upperhand from there on. Frank Yu, who knocked in five triples in Game Two, was saddled with three fouls in the first quarter but he, Maverick Chua and John Vincent Gallego each scored five points as CKSC grabbed a 22-18 advantage after 10 minutes … A 10-2 blast (including five by Gallego and four by Chua) to start the second quarter gave the Blue Dragons a 32-20 advantage with 4:17 left in the second quarter … Coach Arsenio Dysangco’s boys enjoyed a 15-point edge thrice during the period – 40-25 on a Chua triple; 41-26; and 43-28 to end the opening half on a basket by Chua, who tallied a team-high 16 points.

Xavier School’s Christian Tyler Tio made 13 points but went just 7-for-12 from the free-throw line … A three-pointer by Franzcis Michael Bait pushed CKSC’s lead to 47-31. However, Xavier School scored nine unanswered points (five, including a triple, by Lee, and two each from Mitchell Kyle Ong and Tio), to trim its deficit to 47-40 … The Gold and Blue were within seven points once more at 49-42 following an exchange of baskets by CKSC’s Rafaelo Allen Toribio and Tio … Then the roof caved in for Xavier School as CKSC put together an 11-0 bomb for a 60-42 advantage – the 18-point difference being the largest in the game – with 3:14 left in the third period, which ended at 66-51 … Xavier School twice came within seven points – 75-68 on Ralphael Luis Romulo’s second triple, and 77-70 on a Tio twinner at the 1:21 mark. But Chua, who was momentarily sidelined by cramps early in the fourth quarter, hit a dagger three with a minute and

two ticks remaining, for an 80-70 CKSC advantage … Gallego and Chua scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, for the Blue Dragons. John Adolph Salinas contributed 10 markers and Toribio had nine. Yu scored all of his five points in the first half … Tio topscored for Xavier School with 24 points. Ong contributed 16; Lee, who got a pair of triples, added a dozen markers; and Jeremy Jordan Jacinto had nine scores … Later in the night, Chiang Kai Shek College whipped St. Jude Catholic School, 71-54, in the deciding Game Three of the Girls High School Division … With two titles under its belt, CKSC is looking at an unprecedented Triple Crown in the Year of the (Blue) Dragons when it takes on unbeaten and top seed Hope Christian High School in the best-of-three Juniors Division Finals that start on Monday, Feb. 20.



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