SJI-A, LHCA, Tay Tung lead NBTC-SeaOil elims

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

ST. JOHN’S Institute-A and Living Heritage Christian Academy (LHCA) lead bracket A, while Bacolod Tay Tung High School (BTTHS) is on top of group B two weeks after the opening of SeaOil-National Basketball Training Center Bacolod leg eliminations at Po Hang gym of BTTHS.

The Blue Falcons (3-0) looked impressive with victories over Bacolod Christian College of Negros, 92-75; SJI-B, 74-64; and Trinity Christian School, 84-62. LHCA of Taculing is just a spit away with 2-0 record following triumphs over TCS, 85-35 and BCCN, 93-25.

Defending champion West Negros University (1-0) is shadowing both with an emphatic 92-45 win over BCCN last November 30. The Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (Nopsscea) champions Junior Mustangs of Coach Dennis Tumayan are favorite to overcome SJI-B under mentor Richie Militante at 8 a.m. of December 7.

Coach Dominic Chua's Hua Ming boys and Joemarie Bayhon's wards from LHCA will take solo leadership after its 9:30 a.m. encounter on December 8 with the former Association of Negros Occidental Private Secondary Schools Administrators Inc. (Anopssai) champion slightly favored for its select team.

Pre-tournament favorite BTTHS (2-0) and UNO-Recoletos (1-0) follow at 11 a.m. Sunday with the Thunderbolts aiming to remain unscathed if it prevailed over Tangub Christian Academy at the same time on Saturday.

Coach Tata Belangel's boys based at Libertad are leading in point difference by virtue of its 133-62 demolition job against St. Benilde School (SBS) in the opening game. Tay Tung got the goat of University of St. La Salle-IS parents after beating the Junior Stingers, 94-63 on December 1.

UNO-R dealt SBS its second loss, 82-43, on November 24 and is looking forward for its early encounter with the Thunderbolts reinforced by Belangel's stalwarts from St. Joseph's Academy from Iloilo City.

The La Sallians (2-1) looked formidable early after hacking out a 112-35 triumph over TCA and 82-57 domination of Mansilingan Christian Academy.

The 31-point loss to the BTTHS is a bitter pill to swallow and the brunt of La Salle's sting will be felt by SBS when they meet at 9:30 a.m. of Saturday.

Coaches Lyndon Locsin and Lito Librodo eye for win number one when SBS and TCA collide at 8 a.m. of Sunday each hoping to climb back from the bottom of the heap. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 05, 2013.


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