SJI Baby Falcons gun for 12U, 10U titles

POWERHOUSE St. John's Institute may become the 1st Condura-Basketball Coaches Ass'n of Negros Developmental League double champions before noon today at the University of St. La Salle Integrated School covered court.

The Baby Falcons will square off with St. Benilde School at 8:30 a.m. for the 10U title while its older brothers meet the winner between University of St. La Salle and LLZ Warriors, who are playing as of press time, for the 12U category.

The boys from Hua Ming defused the Thunderbolts of Tay Tung by 32 points yesterday in the 12U and likewise eliminated BTTHS in close contest in the 10U. The rivalry between squads from Shopping and Libertad (now Hernaez Street) continues and is getting hot despite the changes in its coaching staffs and players.

SBS dropped the Baby Stingers in the younger division and the La Sallians hope to prevail over the Warriors in the grades 5-7 bracket to retain some semblance of respect in this age group competition dominated by the Johnians.

Where do the top four 12U stand before this finale?

SJI was 7-0, USLS 6-1, LLZ Warriors 5-2 and BTTHS 4-3.

The Falcons devoured the Thunderbolts, 84-64 on Tuesday, vanquished the Warriors, 77-48 two days earlier and stung the Baby Stingers, 55-37 early in the elimination round.

The Baby Stingers defeated the Warriors 66-55 and grounded the Thunderbolts, 66-37. The Warriors upset Tay Tung, 66-62, the only close game among the quartet.

In the 10U division, Tay Tung A Team was 5-0, USLS 4-1, SBS 4-2 and SJI 4-2. Why the discrepancy in the standing? The Thunderbolts and Baby Stingers ended the regulation at 55-all and the organizers decided not to go on overtime since both got the top 2 spots.

The Thunderbolts shot down the Baby Falcons, 57-36 and clipped SBS 65-56 before drawing with La Salle. SBS surprised USLS, 36-31; USLS smoked SJI 58-37 and SJI tripped SBS, 51-43.

BCAN president Bobby Tee and BUS Group adviser Bing Soyao who brought Condura as sponsor will be on hand in the post-championship award ceremony.

An MVP and Mythical Team for each category will be selected with trophies and other prizes awaiting the champion and other awardees.

The developmental league, which is the second project of BCAN after the summer camp, has the blessing and support of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas through regional head Robert Uy and provincial director Tony Agustin.

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