SUN YAT Sen (SYS) High School opened the Iloilo City Invitational Basketball Tournament (ICIBT)-Mayor’s Cup with a blowout victory over perennial rival, Sta. Clarita International School (SCIS) 99-61, at the Brgy. Katilingban Gym in Molo district, May 13, 2017.
Vinz Escamilla led Sun Yat Sen after scoring 29 points. Franc Tono, on the other hand, delivered 21 points to SCIS Primes which represented the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) to the recent Palarong Pambansa in San Jose, Antique where they won the silver medal.
The height and speed of Sun Yat Sen was too much for Sta. Clarita as the latter struggled much of the game, especially that they missed the guidance of their head coach Rodel Camacho.
Sun Yat Sen, which is coached by Butchie Guzman, eventually cruised to a comfortable 13-point lead at halftime.
Meanwhile, PBA stars Asi Taulava of NLEX Road Warriors and RJ Jazul of Phoenix Fuel Masters had good words to say about the basketball scene in Iloilo City.
Taulava said Iloilo is one of the top producers of good basketball players in the country and even challenged young cagers to develop their skills and be ready for bigger and stronger competitions.
Nine teams are joining the month-long tournament – Hua Siong College of Iloilo (HSCI), St. Robert’s International School (SRIA), Iloilo National High School (INHS), Iloilo City NHS (ICNHS), Mandurriao NHS (MNHS), Jalandoni Memorial NHS (JMNHS), CenterPhil Montessori Learning Center (CMLC), SYS, and SCIS.