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    Mac Guadana keeps Lyceum alive, earns top spot in NBTC NCAA rankings

    Oct 8, 2018
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    COUNT on Mac Guadana to deliver the goods when it matters the most.

    Lyceum's do-it-all swingman fanned the team's flailing hopes of a Final Four spot with his solid performance this week, and moved him to the top spot of Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 weekly high school rankings.

    Guadana, a member of the Batang Gilas who competed in the 2018 Fiba Under-17 World Cup in Argentina, came through for the Junior Pirates as they stayed in the hunt of a playoff spot.

    He uncorked 26 points, six rebounds, four assists and a block in Lyceum's big win over Mapua, before following it up with another do-it-all performance against Letran, dropping 24 points, seven boards, five steals, two dimes and a rejection.

    That string of wins kept the Junior Pirates within striking distance of the top four teams as they sit at solo fifth place with their 9-7 card.

    La Salle Greenhills playmaker Joel Cagulangan dropped a spot to second place despite his masterful performance against San Beda, where he poured 24 points, six rebounds and three assists.

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    JRU top gun John Amores also sits at third, followed by Greenies slotman Inand Fornilos and Light Bomber John Delos Santos.

    Clint Escamis, who is still nursing an injured left knee, fell to eighth after placing second last week.

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    Also part of the top 10 are Arellano's Aaron Fermin, Mapua's Jonnel Polocarpio, Lyceum's John Barba and Arellano's Rom Junsay.

    San Sebastian playmaker Kean Baclaan is this week's biggest mover, jumping 12 spots to No. 12.

    The complete Week 13 rankings:

    1. Mac Guadana (LPU) (6)
    2. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (1)
    3. John Amores (JRU) (3)
    4. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (4)
    5. John Delos Santos (JRU) (8)
    6. Aaron Fermin (AU) (12)
    7. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (10)
    8. Clint Escamis (MU) (2)
    9. John Barba (LPU) (5)
    10. Rom Junsay (AU) (14)
    11. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (16)
    12. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (24)
    13. Dan Arches (MU) (7)
    14. RC Calimag (CSB) (9)
    15. Joshua David (CSB) (11)
    16. Cjay Boado (EAC) (N/A)
    17. Lars Sunga (AU (20)
    18. Joshua Lazaro (SBU) (19)
    19. Paolo Hernandez (MU) (N/A)
    20. Jearelan Omandac (LPU) (22)
    21. Tony Ogunsanya (UPHSD) (N/A)
    22. Sydney Mosqueda (CSB) (N/A)
    23. Adrian Balowa (EAC) (17)
    24. Milo Janao (SSCR) (18)

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    This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year.

    After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March.

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