DE LA SALLE Zobel and San Beda College took home the 10-under and 17-under crowns both at the expense of their Xavier School counterparts in the Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals last Sunday at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Quezon City.
The Junior Archers, bannered by second generation stars in Vincent Kristofer Favis, Daniel Sta. Maria, Kiefer Alas and Cris Paul Miranda were instrumental in turning back Xavier, 76-62.
Favis is the son of Binky Favis, a former University of Santo Tomas Growling Tiger and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) coach, while Sta. Maria is the son of former Green Archer Adonis Sta. Maria.
Alas is the son of coach Louie Alas and youngest brother of Kevin Alas who is now with NLEX in the Philippine Basketball Association. Miranda is the son of former Far Eastern University star Denok Miranda.
The Junior Archers also drew a big game from Champ Arejola, son of GlobalPort governor and AirAsia executive Erick Arejola.
Favis topscored for the Zobel boys with 17 points while Daryl Valdeavilla added 14. Sta. Maria scored 12 while Alas finished with seven. Miranda ended up with two points.
The Junior Archers practically led all the way with their lead going up to as many as 33 points before the Golden Stallions made it a more respectable score.
Andrew Chio was the lone Xaverian in double figures with 12.
In the U-17 category, next year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association San Beda Red Cubs rallied for a 67-61 victory against the hard-luck Xavier U-17 squad.
The Golden Stallions led by as many as 12 points before the Red Cubs fought back.
Putting in a better work rate on the boards, San Beda grabbed 69 rebounds to Xavier’s 32. The Red Cubs parlayed that dominance into an 18-8 advantage in second chance points that made for the eventual difference.
Justine Sanchez led San Beda with 19 points, while teammate Cyrus Llarena added 11.
Nathan Chan led Xavier with 17 points, while Martin Sadhwani backstopped him with 14. Gabriel Sytin, hero of Xavier’s stunning semifinals win over Arellano University, was held to five points.