Xavier to bank on speed, 3s in PSSBC

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Speed and out­side shoot­ing are the weapons the Xavier School Golden Stal­lions in­tend to un­leash when they see ac­tion in the Philip­pine Se­condary Schools Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship (PSSBC) Rain or Shine Elastopaint Cup start­ing on Dec. 15 at the SGS Sta­dium in Que­zon City.

“Our shoot­ing and speed are our as­sets so we hope we can use those in the PSSBC,” said coach Miguel Chan, who is de­lighted to be given the op­por­tu­nity to see his boys com­pete against some of the finest high school teams in the coun­try.

Chan said the team’s suc­cess de­pends largely on how shooter Ryan Yu and Batang Gi­las cen­ter Miguel Tan per­form in a tough level tour­na­ment. “They are proven scor­ers,” said Chan. Tan stands at 6-foot-5 but is deadly from afar. Aside from Yu and Tan, the Golden Stal­lions can also count on Jedrick Lim, Lance Alandy, Diego Alandy and Dar­ren Sytin.

Ex­cept for reign­ing UAAP ti­tlist Ate­neo, all the top guns are go­ing to take part in the week-long tour­na­ment also spon­sored by MEC Net­works, IronCon Builders, Freego, Che’ Lu Bar and Grill, Dick­ies Un­der­wear, Hapee Tooth­paste, and Black­wa­ter Sports.

The Golden Stal­lions, out­fit­ted by Mighty Sports, have a solid bas­ket­ball pro­gram but this will mark the first time in years that they will be go­ing up against the best teams from UAAP and NCAA. Tan, how­ever, is un­fazed. “It’s a big chal­lenge know­ing those teams have been play­ing in big leagues so we need to ex­e­cute our of­fense flu­idly,” added Tan, who will have Jobem Ledesma as as­sis­tant.

“Malalim ang bench ng Xavier so they have a good chance,” said league chair­man Terry Que. “That makes this sea­son’s tour­na­ment an ex­cit­ing one.”

Also back­ing the an­nual tour­na­ment dubbed “Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons” are Poly Gloss, Ma­sumax Food Sup­ple­ment, Cher­ry­lume, SUMO GI Sheets and Choi Gar­den.

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