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7th PCYAA competitions unfold; Pace Academy leads way

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Boys Juniors Basketball  – Pace Academy (2-0), Saint Jude Catholic School (2-0), Jubilee Christian Academy (1-0), Grace Christian College (1-1), Uno High School (0-1), St. Stephen’s High School (0-2), MGC New Life Christian Academy (0-2) and Philippine Cultural College (X-X)

Girls Juniors Volleyball – Pace Academy (2-0), MGC New Life Christian Academy (1-0), Jubilee Christian Academy (1-0), St. Stephen’s High School (1-0), Uno High School (0-1), Saint Jude Catholic School (0-2), Grace Christian College (0-2) and Philippine Cultural College (X-X)

Wesley Lao, PCYAA Season 7 chairman, center, makes the ceremonial toss as Pace Academy's Darrel Ethan Ong, left, and MGCNLCA's Joshua Vincent Cheng get ready for the opening jump.

Wesley Lao, PCYAA Season 7 chairman, center, makes the ceremonial toss as Pace Academy’s Darrel Ethan Ong, left, and MGCNLCA’s Joshua Vincent Cheng get ready for the opening jump.

Host Pace Academy claimed twin triumphs in boys basketball and girls volleyball in the 7th Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) competitions over the weekend.

The PCYAA is a multi-sports league featuring eight Chinese-Filipino high schools in the Metro Manila area. It kicked off the second half of its sports calendar with games in the 18-under boys and girls basketball divisions and women’s volleyball.

Pace Academy opened hostilities Saturday with a 75-59 rout of MGC New Life Christian Academy behind the combined 34-point effort of Airick Jaden Sy (20) and Kleivz Fong (14).

The Pacers then defeated Uno High School 78-67 on Sunday as Sy netted 17 points and Anton Evangelista had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Perennial title contender Saint Jude Catholic School also triumphed in its first two outings, crushing St. Stephen’s High School 90-51 and MGC NLCA 115-48 as the Green Knights’ Mallechi Colby Lim posted 23 and 27 points, respectively.

Pace and Saint Jude will battle each other for the leadership Thursday in the main game of a doubleheader at the Uno HS gym.

Meanwhile, defending Juniors champion Philippine Cultural College was to have debuted Tuesday against Uno High School (0-1).

In girls volleyball, Pace Academy grabbed No. 1 spot with victories over Grace Christian College 3-1 and Uno High School 3-0 at the Philadelphia High School gym.  The Lady Pacers will look to score their third win in a row when they face St. Stephen’s High School (1-0) in the second game of a twin bill.

Reigning champion MGC New Life Christian Academy opened its four-peat title quest with a 3-0 sweep of Saint Jude Catholic School last Sunday.

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