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    Hope Christian overcomes St. Stephen’s HS to advance in PSSBC  

    Nov 26, 2013

    HOPE Christian High School, again drawing big games from Joebert Mercado and Jollo Go, outlasted St. Stephen’s High School, 82-70, in the 2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship on Monday at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.

    Mercado fired 25 points on top of nine rebounds, two steals and a block, while Go buried eight triples for 24 points as the defending champions rebounded from a 70-77 defeat to San Beda and finished with a 4-1 record in Group B eliminations.

    “Our goal for the game was to give all the players the playing time in preparation for the quarterfinals. Though my second unit struggled a bit, I still commend all the players for their effort,” said Hope Christian coach Stevenson Tiu.

    Meanwhile, NCAA champion San Beda goes for a sweep of Group B elims when it battles Ateneo on Wednesday at the close of the elimination round of the 11-team tournament sponsored by Ironcon Builders, MEC Computer, Hapee Toothpaste, Welcoat Paints, Dickies Underwear, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Wrangler, Ever Bilena, Davies Paint and Spray & Seal Tire Sealant.

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    Tiong Lian heavyweights Xavier and Chiang Kai Shek College collide in another crucial match.

    UAAP champion National University (2-1) also tries to advance to the next round when it collides with Mapua (1-2), in Group A after the La Salle Zobel-Jose Rizal University tussle. The winner in the La Salle-JRU encounter will earn the last quarterfinal berth in Group B.

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    St. Stephen’s appeared headed for an upset win when it took a 34-31 lead through the courageous effort of Pierce Chan who sparked a 10-0 run. But Mercado scattered 10 points in a telling 16-2 counter-attack as Hope Christian regained the lead for good, 47-34.

    Chan paced St. Stephen’s with 31 points and 11 boards.

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