MALABON, MANDALUYONG AND VALENZUELA STRIKE AGAIN

 

2018 MBT U16 NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS W-L
Malabon Champs 2-0
Mandaluyong Tigers 2-0
Valenzuela Workhorses 2-0
Manila All-Stars 1-1
Caloocan Supremos 1-2
Quezon City Stars 1-2
Navotas BIDA 0-2
Marikina Shoelanders 0-2

Games Friday, April 20 ’18 (Hagonoy Sports Complex, Taguig City)

1:00 p.m. Parañaque vs. San Juan

2:30 p.m. MMDA vs. Pasay

4:00 p.m. Pateros vs. Taguig

5:30 p.m. Las Piñas vs. Makati

MALABON, Mandaluyong and Valenzuela took different paths before beating their respective rivals to stay undefeated in the North Division of the 2018 Metro Manila Sportsfest basketball tournament at the Oreta Sports Complex last Thursday.
Ren Cobie Tolentino fired 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead Malabon to a 95-72 win over defending champion Marikina while John Chris Yambao completed a three-point play with 18 seconds left to lift Valenzuela to an 85-84 squeaker over Quezon City.
The victories enabled Malabon and Valenzuela to gain a share of the early lead with Mandaluyong, 78-61 winner over Navotas in the event which has Mobile App ng Bayan Barangay 143 and Synergy 88 as major sponsors and Spalding as the official ball.
The Champs, Workhorses and Tigers now tote identical 2-0 win-loss records.
Brothers Marcus and Luis Nitura were the only double-digit scorers for Mandaluyong with their 12 and 10 points, respectively.
In the other game, Manila defeated Caloocan, 64-59, to barge into the win column after two games.
Tolentino got ample scoring support from Sean Aldous Torculas (13 points), Von Mark Calipay (13) and Zheanriz Romero (10) in Malabon’s 23-point victory over Marikina.
Alfonso Santos finished with 13 markers for Marikina, which dropped to 0-2.
Malabon got a boost from a solid 44-of-89 shooting (59 percent) against Marikina’s 29-of-79 (36 percent).
The Champs also played better as a team with 24 assists against the Shoelanders’ only nine.
Valenzuela led by as many as 13 points,  but Quezon City rallied to keep the game close.
A three-pointer by Justine Sebastian put Quezon City ahead, 84-82, with 52 seconds left but Yambao  hit a driving layup and drew a foul from Jose Elijah Nadal for the marginal basket.
The Stars had a chance to win the game, but Sebastian missed a three-pointer with seven seconds left.
The tournament is being organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), headed by chairman Danny Lim and general manager Jojo Garcia, as part of President Duterte’s campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle thru sports.
Supporting the tournament are Spurway Enterprises, World Balance, Higer Bus, Nature’s Spring Water, Globe, Star Bread, Frabel Foods, Regan Industrial Steel, Glitter.ph, Alcoplus, Manila Bulletin, Rebel Sports, Excellent Noodlez, Summit Water, Gerry’s Grill, 1-Pacman Partylist and Archie’s Bespoke Bar + Grill. (Robert Andaya)
The scores:
FIRST GAME
Valenzuela (85) – Salinel 26, Flores 17, Evite 10, Herrera 9, Madamba 9, Yambao 8, Morato 6, Tapenio 0.
Quezon City (84) – Sebastian 15, Tan 14, Reniedo 11, Gabon 10, Nadal 8, Yee 5, Salvador 5, Quinto 4, Del Rosario 2.
Quarterscores: 23-16, 47-38, 63-57, 85-84.
SECOND GAME
Manila (64) – Capulong 19, Fontanilla 12, Rodriguez 12, Concepcion 7, San Diego 7, Manzano 3, Chu 2, Soliman 2, Morito 0, Peña 0, San Juan 0.
Caloocan (59) – Riverao 20, Rafael 14, Pallingayan 6, Punzalan 4, Gonzaga 4, Tiu 3 Diwa 3 Borja 3, Tong 2, Alvarado 0, Gamboa 0, Dizon 0, Natividad 0, Abarco 0.
Quarterscores: 20-8, 31-24, 48-45, 64-59.
THIRD GAME
Mandaluyong (78) – Nitura M. 12, Nitura L. 10, Dela Cruz 9, Woodard 9, Salon 8, Cortez 7, Sibug 6, Samaniego 6, Cetro 4, Reyes 3, Geronimo 2, Domingo 2, Arceo 0, Torres 0, Cagang 0.
Navotas (61) – Mangalindan 14, Beato 12, Santillan 8, Mathews 6, Villanueva 4, Escobar 4, Javier 3, Miranda 3, Pingol 2, San Pedro 0, Gonzales 0, Ponce 0, Dumpil 0, Lizan 0, Ladica 0.
Quarterscores: 18-11, 37-19, 66-30, 78-61.
FOURTH GAME
Malabon (95) – Tolentino 23, Torculas 13, Calipay 13, Romero 10, De Leon 9, Gatdula 9, Gonzales 6, Payad 4, Cruz 4, Gotwato 2, Arnedo 2.
Marikina (72) – Santos 13, Aguila 11, Escoto 10, Igliane 6, Nuguid 6, Angeles 6, Orda 5, Cabuang 4, Cruz 4, Magdaraog 4, De Guzman 2, Cannilas 1.
Quarterscores: 29-18, 55-36, 67-57, 95-72