HOPE Christian High School added another feather to its cap by beating multi-titled Chiang Kai Shek College, 57-44, and winning the Filipino Chinese Amateur Athletics Federation (FCAAF) U-19 basketball championship at the CKSC gym in Tondo, Manila.
Handled by coach Jerson Cabiltes and led by former Batang Gilas mainstay Kris Harvey Pagsanjan and Christian Pauco, Hope Christian outscored Chiang Kai Shek in the final period to end a six-year title drought in the country’s premier Filipino-Chinese league.
Pagsanjan, who was named as Most Valuable Player, finished with 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds while Pauco, who was named Finals MVP, added 16 points for Hope Christian which is supported by Hapee Toothpaste, CTC Construction, ToughDog, Fruitas, ASEAN Engine and CherLu Bar and Grill.
“It was a tough win, but I’m happy the players responded to the challenge against the Blue Dragons,” said Cabiltes, who was assisted by Gonzalo Catalan and Joseph Guion.
Cabiltes also lauded Hope Christian community for their all-out support to the team which now has five crown since 1992 . They also bagged the crown in 1993, 2011 and 2012.
Dr. Cecilio Kwok Pedro, owner of Hapee Toothpaste and school’s main backer, is hoping the school victory over CKSC will be “a good preparation for the team as it vies in the prestigious Philippine Secondary School Basketball Championship Tournament of Champions in December.
Hope Christian athletic director Stevenson Tiu and team manager Bernard Yang are also hoping the team will become the first two-time champion of PSSBC
The other members of the team are Rico Postanes, Josh Devara, Marc Chester Jacob, Calvin Satin, Rey Placino, Rejoice Jimenez, Joshua Cajucon, Ronald Ingente, Rafhael Del Rosario, Jacob Abina, Eian Lanz Rebotiaco, Zoerbiak Devaras, Nathaniel Tizon, Sunny Phi, Earl Yu, Derk Into and Lendel Garcia.