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Miguel Tan and Ryan Yu will banner Xavier while CKSC will count on Rafael Go and Michael Urmeneta.
John Michael Urmeneta and Jan Carl Luciano starred for the Blue Dragons as they finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively, Miguel Tan, who finished with 23 points and 20 boards in the team's 82-49 win over Mapua University, was held to one free throw ndash no thanks to CKSC's pressure defense.
CKSC answered with a flurry of points by Joshua Ramirez and Sham Banez to make a game of it, 32-29, by first half's end.
While his CKSC Blue Dragons remain tough, it must be agonizing to be have come so close.
Up next for CKSC, which ruled the tourney supported by Choi Garden, Davies Paints, Cherrylume Roofing, Sumo GI Sheets, Molten and Masumax Food Supplement two years ago, in the do-or-die semifinals is University of Visayas.
CKSC, behind one of the top high school players in the country in John Galinato, got going from the opening tip and never allowed the home team to tie, much less taste the lead in the third oldest high school league in the country-after the National Collegiate Athletic Association and University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
John Galinato sizzled with a game-high 24 points but missed a potential game-winning triple at the buzzer as CKSC dropped to an even 1-1 record.
For CKSC, the MMBL champions, John Galinato led with 15 points.
In other matches, CKSC, the 2015 titleholder, made quick work of Letran, 81-65, in Group B while San Beda, the 2014 champion, overcame a tough stand by Manila Patriotic School, 89-78, in Group A.
DLSZ leaned on the 19 points of Martin Romero to neutralize the twice-to-beat shield of CKSC with a 68-67 squeaker in their own semifinal playoff.
Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Joining the 5-foot-11 Nelle in the Mythical Team were CKSC duo of John Galinato and Jason Celis, Rhyann Amsali of NU and University of Visayas' Jancork Cabahug.
CKSC 49-Oczon 13, Ramirez 11, Banez 6, Galinato 4, Lim 4, Minerva 2, Tibayan 2, Montes 2, Toribio 2, Jamjam 2, Luciano 1, King 0, Gicana 0.
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