Kenji Trey Duremdes and Victorino Torres III turned in double-figure outputs to lead La Salle Greenhills-A's hot start in the SBP-A Division of the Milo-sponsored, BEST Center-organized Small Basketeers Philippines-Passerelle twin tournaments over the weekend at the Xavier School gym.
Duremdes, a second generation BEST Center player after his father Kenneth who was the youngest member of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players, scored 12 points while Cruz contributed 11 as LSGH-A drubbed Xavier School-B, 63-40, to gain the early lead in SBP-A.
The Greenies share the lead with Ateneo-A, which smothered St. Mary’s College, 46-16, and Don Bosco-Makati, which humbled Chiang Kai Shek College, 52-43.
In the lone SBP-B match, Marist surprised Ateneo-A, 42-34, for the early lead.
Chief organizer Nic Jorge, a former national player and coach and Best Center founder, emphasized the youth’s role in the development of basketball in the country and had for his guests Ranbill Tongco, an SBP alumnus now playing for the San Beda Red Lions, and brothers Mike and Matt Nieto, who now play for the Ateneo juniors team and the Batang Gilas.
La Salle Greenhills also scored twin victories in the Passerelle Division with LSGH-A routing rival Ateneo-B, 72-30, for the Group C lead while LSGH-B outlastes host Xavier, 62-59, in Group D.
In Group A, Chiang Kai Shek College blasted Adamson, 50-46, while St. Mary’s College trounced Kids’ World, 38-24.
San Beda-Rizal zapped Notre Dame, 78-45, in Group B.