DE La Salle-Zobel and Chiang Kai Shek College booked their palces in the semifinals by scoring big wins in the 4th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Cup on Thursday at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy in Quezon City.
The Juniors Archers were tested in the first three quarters before pouring on the heat in the payoff period on the way to scoring a 90-74 over the Mapua Red Robins.
CKSC leaned on the hot-shooting trio of Miguel Oczon, Sham Banez and Jonas Tibayan to beat the Lyceum Juniors Pirates, 78-66.
In the semifinals, Chiang Kai Shek College will face either reigning champion San Beda College or Arellano. La Salle Zobel will take on the winner of the match between Hope Christian High School and Xavier School.
After winning their first two games by an average of 44.5 points, the Juniors Archers experienced some scary moments until Miguel Fortuna sparked an 11-1 run that enabled them to pull away for good.
Aljun Melecio scored 28 points and had seven assists, Fortuna and Marvin Sario chipped in 12 markers apiece, while Brent Paraiso had 10 points.
Galinato buried all his three points to finish with 19 points with Oczon backing him up with 12 markers while Banez and Tibayan combined for 18 points and 24 boards in the event presented by Jumbo Plastic Linoleum with Molten as the tournament official ball and also sponsored by Hapee Toothpaste, Ironcon Builders, MEC Networks, Freego, Blackwater Sports, Dickies Underwear and Rain or Shine.