GRACE Christian College subdued St. Peter Apostle School, 77-69, and St. Stephen outplayed Philippine Cultural College, 98-77, to boost their chances in the Tanduay Athletics-Metro Manila Tiong Lian (MMTL) Alumni 40 years old and above basketball championship at the Tanduay gym in Manila.
Dexter Quan played another solid game with team-high 22 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Francis Sy added 14 points and nine rebounds to power Grace Christian to its third win against only one loss in this tough, nine-team tournament sponsored by Tanduay Athletics.
Quan scored five in Grace Christian’s game-changing 9-0 run that turned a three-point deficit (56-59) into a six-point lead (65-59) with still 3:56 left in the game.
Two more free throws by Quan made it 75-67 for Grace Christian with less than a minute left.
Tracy Jasper Ng carried the fight for St. Peter with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.
Alexander Dee added 12 points and11 rebounds and Julian Dychauco contributed 11 points and five rebounds for St. Peter, which fell to 1-5 overall.
St. Stephen relied on Franklin Lee, Joey Chua and Patterson Ngo to roll back PCC and clinch its third win in five matches
Lee led the way with 26 points, including five triples, and six rebounds; Chua had 16 points and Ngo had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Arthur Go had a triple double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Richard Rondael added 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds for PCC.
Sandy Tan and Alexander Austria contributed 11 points apiece.
The tournament resumes today (Jan.14) with an explosive doubleheader pitting Xavier ( 3-2) against St. Jude (1-3) at 8 p.m. and Chiang Kai Shek (4-0) against Grace Christian (3-1) at 9:30 p.m.
The tournament is organized by MMTL president Christian Tan with Johnny Tam as operations head and Horacio Lim and Roger Sia as commissioners.
St. Stephen (98) -- F. Lee 26, Chua 16, Ngo 13, Alibarbar 9, Ng 6, N. 0ng 5, J. Ong 5, Chin 5, Andres 4, A. Lee 4, Kho 2, Uy 2.
PCC (77) -- Go 23, Rondael 20, Austria 11, Tan 11, Domingo 6, Ang 6, Ballaret 0, Lim 0.
Quarterscores: 32-13, 55-32, 72-48, 98-77.
Grace Christian (77) -- Quan 22, F. Sy 14, Lim 8, A. Chua 7, Herrera 6, E. Chua 6, So 4, Yap 4, J. Chua 4, Sy 2, Lee 0, Young 0, Bautista 0.
St. Peter (69) -- T. Ng 24, Dee 12, Dychauco 11, Palao 8, Canare 3, Lo 3, Chan 2, T. Chua 2, Chung 2, Cotex 2, Co 0, Tan 0.
Quarterscores: 17-16, 40-40, 56-57, 77-69.