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Co leads SJI past LCC in NBTC


Justine Co scored 33 points as St. John’s Institute routed La Consolacion College-Bacolod, 113-91, to register its third straight win in Group A of the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC)-Bacolod leg.

With the victory, SJI shares a 3-0 win-loss slate with Colegio San Nicolas de Tolentino, Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias and Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Co shot four triples as the Baby Falcons dominated the young Blue Panthers of LCC-Bacolod with teammates Joshua Baldonado adding 23 points, Nicolas Pura with 21 and Kyan Andrada, 18 points.

LCC-Bacolod tried to held off SJI with Kensay Sanco leading the way with 24 points but the Baby Falcons refused to yield. Timothy Villanueva delivered 14 points for the junior Blue Panthers while Kirk Bitanga added 13 points.

In the other games, Akia Ferrer tallied 30 points as San Nicolas de Tolentino got away with an 81-76 win against the Junior Stingers of University of St. La Salle.

Carlos Segador helped in the scoring department for the Knights with 22 points while Kharl Mangubat shot 14 points for La Salle, which earlier blew out defeated Escalante National High School, 93-53.

In Group B, CSAV Titans held their ground against a late challenge from Livingstone International School for a 97-92 win to stay undefeated after three games.

Jessie Amago led the Titans with 19 points while Rafael Catalonia added 15 and Rommel Hechanova with 15 points.

John Louie Mermida topscored for Livingstone with 27 points.

Meanwhile, Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts also notched its third straight win against Sum-ag National High School, 91-55.

Jr. NBA sensation Henj Gabriel Demisana led the Thunderbolts with 19 points.*


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