DEFENDING champion Chiang Kai Shek completed a five-game sweep of the first round by trouncing host St. Stephen’s High School, 99-64, in the 43rd Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association Championship over the weekend at the CKSC gym in Manila.
The Blue Dragons started slow and found themselves trailing, 16-19, but picked up the momentum and outscored the opposition, 28-13, to take a 44-32 lead at the half and never looked back.
The reigning champions remain as the only unbeaten team in the tournament presented by BonChon Chicken.
Carlo Young led the Dragons with 20 points despite a disappointing 7-of-16 shooting from field. His first of four triples sparked the team’s vicious run in the second quarter.
Three other CKSC players scored in double figures with Kimlee Bayquin and Jayson Jimenez chipping in 16 and 15 points, respectively, most of them in the third quarter where the Blue Dragons pulled away for good.
Two other blowout wins marked the weekend matches as Hope Christian High School continued its recovery with a 109-35 win over Grace Christian College, while Xavier School romped to a 107-30 win over St. Jude Catholic School in the tournament also backed by Solar, BTV, Molten and Summit Water.
Xavier cemented its hold of second place with a 3-1 mark, while Hope Christian, winner of the inaugural Philippine Secondary School Basketball Championship (PSSBC), improved to 3-2.
Kyles Lao and Tyler Tio led the Stallions with 23 and 17 points, while Hope Christian drew a breakthrough performance from Antonio Yang who sizzled for 28 points.
In the lone Aspirants game, Xavier drubbed Grace Christian College, 70-30, for its third win in four starts.