KULIM, Malaysia -- The Philippines, represented by the Pinoy Youth Dreamers, is back in the semifinals of the fourth International High School Basketball Championships at the CRC Center here.
PYD defeated Brunei Shooting Stars, 113-67, to set up a semifinal match against Macau in the prestigious, six-nation competition being held for the fourth straight year.
A win by PYD will send it to the championship match against top favorite Australia.
Rufino Sablaon lll, Jan Daniel Geronimo, Justin Mark Ollesca and Dwayne Brent Fabroa scored almost at will for the Filipinos, who led in all four quarters enroute to a lopsided triumph.
Sablaon, a student of Jesus the Loving Sheperd Christian College, finished with a game-high 29 points, three rebounds, three steals and one block to lead the Filipinos.
Geronimo, of Pasig Catholic College, added 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Ollesca, also of Pasig Catholic College, and Fabroa, of St. Margaret, contributed 14 points apiece.
Ollesca also had a game-high four blocks.
Also contributing well to PYD’s winning efforts are Angelo Aniñon (11 ponts, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, s 3steals); Laxa (10 points, 5 assists, 7 rebounds, 3steals); Carlos Miguel Jacob (7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 steals); and Charles Palaspas (6 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 1steal),
The PYD, which is under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), is supported by Alexander F. Balutan and Jose Jorge E. Corpuz of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Pax Pelipel of PP Busline, Ms. Susan See of Regent and Waiyip Chong of Star Bread.
“We’re happy with the performances of the boys so far,” said Pelipel, who also serves as team manager.
The members of the team are Sandre Banluta (Siena- Taytay), Jose Andres De Guia (Pateros Catholic School), Ernest Cesar Oliveros (Siena-Taytay), Elchard Santos (La Immaculada Concepcion), Angelo Masagca (San Sebastian College Recoletos), Allen Valeriano (St. Lawrence Foundation ), Alexander Perez (La Consolation College), Gerben Baguhin (San Beda College Rizal), Kurt Teaño (St. Raphael Mary School), Gabriel Douglas Yim (De La Salle Antipolo), Aries Jay Paunil (La Salle Antipolo), Paul Raganit (San Sebastian), and Kenneth Gonzaga (La Consolation).