Xavier secures 2nd semis berth

February 10, 2019

XAVIER School leaned on a strong finish and clinch the second finishing kick to roll back Grace Christian College, 70-52, and secure the second  outright semis berth in the Tanduay Athletics- Metro Manila Tiong Lian alumni 40 years old  and  above  tournament at the Tanduay gym.

Rand Chu scored eight of his game-high 17 points during a crippling 17-4 run  by Xavier in the final four minutes to turn a close contest into a rout.

Chu's four-minute explosion included  back-to-back three-point shots in a span of 20 seconds as Xavier turned a precarious five-point lead, 53-48, with  4:02 left into an 18-point winning  margin.

So unforgiving was Xavier's defense in the final four minutes that GCC  managed only a split by Dexter Quan and an inconsequential three-pointer by E. Yap with 50 seconds left.

Hendrick Go added 14 points and  Hans Kenneth Tan contributed 10 for Xavier

Quan had 14 points and Feancis  Sy had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for GCC.

With the win,  Xavier finished second with a 6-2 win-loss record behind Chiang Kai Shek’s 7-1 slate.

CKSC and Xavier are now assured of  semis berths.

St. Stephen subdued Uno High School, 82-70, to clinch No. 3 and  relegate Jubilee  Christian to No. 4 spot despite having the same 4-3 records by virtue of winner-over- the- other rule.

Franklin Lee topscored for St. Stephen with 18 points,  followed by Lawrence Ngo with 16.

Kenneth Tung,  Rembrand Ngo and Charlie Deocadiz  had 12 points apiece for Uno.

St. Stephen will again meet No. 6  Uno in a knockout game for the right to meet No. 2 Xavier in the semis.

In the  other knockout match,  No. 4 Jubilee will meet No. 5  GCC   for the right to meet top seed Chiang Kai Shek

The scores:

First game

SSHS (82) --F. Lee 18, L. Ngo 16, Lu 9, Ng 7, Uy 7, P. Ngo 5, J. Ong 5, Chua 4, A. Ong 4, A. Lee 3, Kho 2, Chin 2

UNO (70) --Tung 12, Ngo 12, Deocadiz 12, Yeung 10, Gocheco 8, Cheng 5, Co 4, Tan 3, Chua 2, Dytiandu 2, Velasco 0.

Quarterscores: 19-13, 39-29, 63-53, 82-70.
Second game

Xavier (70)-- Chu 17, Go 14, H. Tan 10, R. Tan 9, Ong 6, Go 6, Coyiuto 5, Cua 3, Wee 0.

GCC (52)--Quan 14, Sy 12, So 10, Yap 9, Lim 4, Chua 2, Lee 1, Young 0, Herrera 0, Bautista 0

Quarterscores: 11-16, 29-21, 44-38, 70-52