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.