2019 Metro League 17-And-Under Boys Basketball: CALOOCAN-ARCEEGEE THWARTS VALENZUELA-SAN MARINO IN VIRTUAL GAME 1 OF BEST-OF-3 NORTH DIVISION SEMIS

Team Standings

NORTH DIVISION

Quezon City* 5-0
Caloocan-Arceegee* 4-1
Valenzuela-San Marino** 3-2
Solid San Juan-PC Gilmore **2-3
x-Marikina 1-4
x-Navotas 0-5

SOUTH DIVISION

Makati* 4-1
Bacoor Agimat* 4-1
Pasay** 3-2
Las Piñas** 3-2
x-Taguig 1-4
x-Parañaque 0-5

* w/ twice-to-beat advantage in Division semis
** w/ twice-to-win disadvantage in Division semis
x-eliminated
(Note: Rankings of teams with identical win-loss records were determined via the winner-over-the-other rule.)

Games on Thursday , June 6
(Bacoor Strike Gym, Cavite)
1:00 pm Bacoor-Agimat* vs Pasay (17U)
2:30 pm Makati* vs Las Piñas (17U)
4:30 pm Taguig* vs Solid San Juan (Reinforced)
6:00 p.m. Bacoor-Strike sa Serbisyo* vs Pasigueño
* with twice-to-beat advantage 

Caloocan-Arceegee thwarted Valenzuela-San Marino, 67-47, to secure the second spot and the all-important twice-to-beat advantage in the North Division semifinals as the Metro League 17-and-under boys basketball tournament elimination round came to a close Saturday afternoon at the Valenzuela City Astrodome. 

Eager to avoid slipping into third spot which could have cursed them with a twice-to-win handicap, the Junior Supremos pounced on the Junior Workhorses right away with a 34-18 lead at the break. 

That gap proved to be enough for Caloocan-Arceegee at it went on to wrap up its campaign at 4-1 for the second place finish in the elims behind unbeaten Quezon City (5-0) heading into the North Division semifinals of the M-League that is backed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and with Barangay 143 as league presentor.

John Sherick Estrada led the way with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists, Denierre Pancho added nine while Percial Nieva and Ahmad Abdoh El-hag chipped in eight markers apiece for Caloocan-Arceegee. 

Luiz Tapenio, meanwhile, racked up 14 points and six boards to serve as the only bright spot for Valenzuela-San Marino which failed to clinch the second spot and the win-once incentive in the North Division Final Four of the M-League that is also bankrolled by Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation as major sponsors. 

The Junior Workhorses thus fell to 3-2, dropping into third seed for a twice-to-win disadvantage against tormentor and second-ranked squad Caloocan starting this Saturday. 

Undefeated reigning champion Quezon City, on the other hand, will go up against fourth seed San Juan in the other North Division pairing of the M-League which is also supported by Gerry’s Grill, Summit Water, Alcoplus, Nature’s Spring and Goodfellow.

Meanwhile, South Division leaders Makati and Bacoor Agimat begin their Final Four series this Thursday against Pasay and Las Piñas, respectively, at the Bacoor Strike Gym. 

Being the Top 2 seeds, Makati and Bacoor-Agimat hold twice-to-beat advantages over their counterparts, needing only one win to advance to the Finals of the M-League which also has SMS Global Technologies, Inc. as official livestream and technology partner, Spalding as official ball, Team Rebel Sports as official outfitter, PLDT as official internet service provider and Manila Bulletin as media partner. (JBU)

The scores: 

Caloocan-Arceegee 67 — Estrada 19, Pancho 9, Nieva 8, El-hag 8, Principe 6, Gines 4, Santos 4, Bustria 4, Gazzingan 3, Lorenzo 2, Valencia 0, Cuales 0, Chua 0.

Valenzuela-San Marino 47 — Tapenio 14, Atienza 10, Mendoza 8, Maliwat 6, Basinal 4, Kirsch 3, Darilag 2, Catipay 0, Diologo 0, General 0, Tayer 0, Soyangco 0.

Quarterscores: 15-9, 34-18, 46-32, 67-47