DEFENDING champion Chiang Kai Shek College and long-time rival Hope Christian High School sealed another title showdown by downing their respective semis rivals in Division I of the 26th Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF) Basketball Championships held last weekend at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Manila.
The Blue Dragons banked on their near-flawless shooting in the first quarter to romp to a 55-24 win over St. Jude Catholic School and secure a return trip to the final of the event presented by Molten.
The Hope Christian cagers, on the other hand, scored a vengeful 70-42 win over Manila Patriotic School, 70-42, in the other semis pairing held last Sunday.
MPS denied Hope Christian of a seven-game sweep of the elims by eking out a 72-70 thriller at the close of the elims last Saturday.
In Division B, PACE arranged a semis meeting with MGC New Life Christian Academy by downing St. Mary’s Angels College of Valenzuela, 75-65, while Philippine Sun Yat Sen High School earned the right to face Paco Citizen Academy Foundation in the other semis pair by beating Northern Rizal Yorklin School, 71-54.
MGC-NLC advanced to the Final Four with a 68-58 win over Grace Christian College, while PCAF trounced Philippine Academy of Sakya, 54-44.
Meantime, St. Stephen’s High School extended its win streak to seven in the boys’ developmental division with wins over SPAS (47-13) and Philippine Cultural College (39-15), while CKSC hiked its record to 7-1 with wins over Philadelphia High School (63-39) and JCA (61-36).
Also in contention for semis berths are GCC and St. Jude Catholic School with 6-1 and 6-2 marks, respectively.