DESTACAMENTO, ESTRADA NAMED METRO LEAGUE MVPs; ORIZU BEST IMPORT

Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player King Destacamento of Bacoor Strike sa Serbisyo and 17-and-under MVP John Sherick Estrada of Caloocan-Arceegee headline the best players named into the Mythical Five of the Metro League which came to a close over the weekend at the Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite.

Destacamento posted decent averages of 8.7 markers, 7.5 boards and 1.9 assists but it was still enough to lead the Strikers all the way to the coveted crown of the M-League Reinforced tourney that is backed by by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) with Barangay 143 as league presentor.

In the clinching 67-60 Game 3 win of Bacoor, Destacamento further proved his MVP calibre after pumping in a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. 

Joining Destacamento in the Reinforced Conference Mythical Five were teammate Paolo Castro (13.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists) and Johnnel Rey Bauzon (12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds) of runner up Caloocan. 

Also in the prestigious All M-League Mythical Team are Reneford Ruaya (Valenzuela) and ex-pro Jonathan Uyloan (Taguig) who lifted their respective squads in the semi-finals before bowing to the eventual finalists Caloocan and Bacoor.

Uyloan registered averages of 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists for Taguig while Ruaya normed 12.7 markers, 6.8 boards and 1.0 assists for Valenzuela in their commendable exit from the M-League that 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.

Meanwhile in the 17-and-under boys basketball division, MVP Estrada from champion squad Caloocan-Arceegee banners the Mythical Five together with tournament leading scorer Jericho Reyes of Las Pinas. 

Estrada, who erupted for 17 points in their title- deciding 59-50 win over Bacoor, averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. 

Reyes, meanwhile, normed a tournament-best 25.0 points along with 3.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists for Las Pinas which stunned and twice-defeated No. 1 seed Makati in the South Division semis before falling short against Bacoor City Agimat in the one-game finale.

Despite the unexpected exit of Makati though from the M-League that is also bankrolled by Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation as major sponsors, it still produced a player in the Mythical Five in name of Jericho Mateto who finished the tourney with a double-double average of 13.7 markers and 11.7 boards.

Alfonso Buot of North Division finalist Quezon City also had a double-double norm of 21.8 markers and 10.8 rebounds on top of 4.2 assists per game while Mark Angelo Torrijos tallied 14.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists averages to complete the U17 Mythical team of the tourney that is also supported by Gerry’s Grill, Summit Water, Alcoplus, Nature’s Spring and Goodfellow.

Meanwhile, Bacoor big man Prince Orizu was adjudged Best Import after posting averages of 11.1 points ans 8.2 rebounds in the Strikers’ Reinforced championship run.

The former FEU import also hauled down 11 markers and 13 boards in the title-clinching Game 3. (JBU)