BACOOR SQUADS A WIN AWAY FROM METRO LEAGUE REINFORCED & 17-AND-UNDER TITLES

Games Friday, June 21 (Caloocan Sports Complex)
6:30 p.m. Caloocan-Gerry’s Grill vs Bacoor Strike sa Serbisyo (Game 2 of best-of-3 Reinforced Metro Finals)8:00 p.m. Caloocan-Arceegee vs. Bacoor Agimat (Game 2 of best-of-3 17U Metro Finals)

Home team Bacoor moved one win away from Cinderella finishes in the Metro League boys’ 17-and-under and men’s Reinforced (Second) Conference basketball tournaments by defeating separate Caloocan squads Tuesday night at the Strike Gym in Bacoor City, Cavite.

Bacoor Strike sa Serbisyo fended off Caloocan-Gerry’s Grill, 78-72, for a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three Metro Finals series against the Supremos in the Reinforced tourney while Bacoor Agimat did the same with an 85-81 decision  against the Caloocan-Arceegee Junior Supremos in the 17-and-under division.

Both Bacoor squads go for the jugular in Game 2 of their respective Metro Finals series slated Friday at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

Mark Pangilinan racked up a team-high 15 points to go with three assists and two rebounds to lead the unbeaten Strikers who needed to douse the Supremos’ late comeback bid in the men’s championship opener, moving one a win away from snaring the trophy right in its first try in this import-flavored conference of M-League that is backed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and with Barangay 143 as league presentor. 

The Strikers saw their 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter trimmed down to four, 72-76, with 3:27 left as Joseph Brutas sparked the Supremos’ fightback.  

Bacoor sank five straight free throws to restore a 74-65 advantage with 1:44 remaining to practically secure the Game 1 win. 

Nigerian big man and top Best Import candidate Prince Orizu pumped in a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds while King Descamento chipped in a 12-markers nad 11-rebound double-double for the Strikers, who ruled the South Division of the tourney which has major sponsors in Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation. 

Brutas had 16 points and five rebounds, Reynaldo De Mesa had 13 markers even as Robbie Darang Abdoulaye had 11 points each for Caloocan, which stunned Quezon City in the North Division finals of this M-League that is also supported by Gerry’s Grill, Summit Water, Alcoplus, Nature’s Spring and Goodfellow. 

In the 17U finals opener, Mark Angelo Torrijos and Jan Clement Macalalag took charge in the endgame, scoring nine points apiece in the fourth period to push Bacoor a win away from the crown. 

Torrijos tallied a team-high 23 points, five rebounds and four assists while Macalalag added 19 markers, six boards and five blocks in the game where Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla was actively cheering for the home boys.

Pauloh Villarin and Rion Natrist Porcadas added 17 and 10 points, respectively, for the Bacoor side that won the South Division of M-League that 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. 

John Sherick Estrada had a game-best 31 points even as Denniere Pancho had 19 markers and Ahmad Abdoh El-Hag had 12 points in the loss for the Junior Supremos, who took the North Division title. (JBU)

The scores: 

17U FINALS GAME 1 

Bacoor City Agimat 85 – Torrijos 23, Macalalag 19, Villarin 17, Porcadas 10, Gutierrez 3, Bautista 2, Cornand 2, Pablo 2, Buhay 0, Melencio 0, Torno 0 

Caloocan-Arceegee 81 – Estrada 31, Pancho 19, El-Hag 12, Gazzingan 8, Bustria 5, Santos 4, Gines 2, Principe 0, Valencia 0 

Quarterscores: 17-12, 39-32, 63-63, 85-81  

REINFORCED FINALS Game 1 

Bacoor Strike sa Serbisyo 78 – Pangilinan 15, Orizu 13, Descamento 12, Castro 8, Ramirez 8, Aquino 7, Malabag 7, Acuna 4, Bugarin 2, Montuano 2, Miranda 0, Ochea 0 

Caloocan-Gerry’s Grill 72 – Brutas 16, De Mesa 13, Darang 11, Niang 11, De Leon 8, Enriquez 6, Bauzon 4, Sombero 2, Tay 1 

Quarter scores: 27-18, 49-35, 61-52, 78-72