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St. Jude, MGC begin title series

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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Game today:

(Uno gym)

2 p.m. -- St. Jude  vs. MGC-NLCA

TWO-TIME defending champion St. Jude Catholic School and last year’s third-placer Makati Gospel  Church-New Life Christian Academy  begin their  best-of-three  finals   today in   the  fourth Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association  (PCYAA)  boys basketball tournament  at the Uno High School gym.

Game  time is  2 p.m. with the Judenites  seeking to  move within a win of bagging their third straight title  and  the  New Lifers hoping  to  come closer to  improving  their  third -place finish last year.
   
The winner of  today’s game needs only to win  in Game 2  at 6:30 p.m. on  Tuesday, Feb. 21 to capture the title.
   
Game 3, if  necessary,  will be held  also at 6 p.m. on  Thursday, Feb. 23.
   
St.  Jude  outsteadied  fourth seed Philippine Cultural  College, 63-59, while  MGC-NLCA  subdued  third  seed  Jubilee Christian  Academy, 72-66,   last Feb. 14 to  arrange a  much-awaited  title   showdown.
   
Octoboy Player of the Game awardee Maynard Yap came through with  another brilliant all-around game of 17 points, 11 rebounds  and   five steals to power the Judenites to victory over the Seagulls.
   
Carl  “Mr. Pure Energy” Ong  stood at the helm of the New Lifers’ victory over Jubilee, finishing with 27 points and 15 rebounds.
   
Both St. Jude and  MGC-NLCA  actually finished the elimination  round with identical 6-1 win-loss  records.
   
The  Judenites, however, have beaten  the New Lifers twice  already --  53-47 in  the  eliminations and 77-69 in  the  playoff to determine the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinal stage.
   
Meanwhile,  St.Peter  the Apostle School  and  St.  Jude  shared the  limelight in the   junior boys and girls table tennis competitions.
   
St. Peter defeated  MGC-NLCA and Pace  Academy in the junior boys category, while St. Jude upstaged  Philippine  Cultural College and Uno  High School in the junior girls division.
   
In the boys aspirants, Grace Christian College  took  first place, followed  by Uno and St. Jude.
   
MGC-NLCA, Uno and st. Jude took the top three places in the girls  aspirants.
   
The   eight-team competition is hosted by GCC with Globalport  team manager Bonnie Tan as  the athletic director.