MANILA TOPPLES ERSTWHILE UNBEATEN QUEZON CITY FOR SHARE OF NORTH DIVISION LEAD; CALOOCAN, TAGUIG TRIUMPH

2018 METRO LEAGUE OPEN

Team Standings, W-L

NORTH DIVISION

Manila 4-1

Quezon City 4-1

Valenzuela 3-1

Caloocan 4-2

Marikina 0-6

SOUTH DIVISION

Pateros 3-1

Taguig 3-2

San Juan 3-2

Parañaque 2-4

Las Piñas 0-6

Games Thursday, Oct. 18 ‘18 (Dapitan Sports Complex, Manila)

4:00 p.m. Taguig vs. Pateros

5:30 p.m. Valenzuela vs. Las Piñas

7:00 p.m. Manila vs. San Juan

Manila brought down erstwhile unbeaten Quezon City 81-78 last Tuesday at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig to grab a piece of the North Division lead with their victim in the Metro League basketball tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Former PBA star Joseph Yeo canned two pressure-packed free throws to give Manila an 80-76 lead with 1:20 left and the All Stars held on to complete the upset win that put them in a two-way tie for the North’s top spot at 4-1 with the Junior Capitals.

A jump shot by Cyrus Tabi of Quezon City and a split from the free throw line by Ken Acibar of Manila finalized the score.

Jayford Rodriguez finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists to win World Balance Player of the Game honors,  Paolo Quiminales added 13 points and  game-high 19 rebounds and Almel Orquina had 12 markers for Manila.

In Tuesday’s other results in the tourney which  has “mobile app ng bayan” Barangay 143 as  presentor, Spalding  as  the official   ball and Team  Rebel  Sports as official outfitter, Caloocan recorded the highest output in a game and biggest win margin in the tourney thus far by any team in a 128-58 massacre of Las Piñas while Taguig finally recorded its first back-to-back wins with an 84-73 decision over Marikina which lost its sixth in as many games.

Meanwhile, the All-Stars of head coach Adoe Salazar will eye the solo lead in the North Division this time when they host streaking Solid San Juan-Big Chill in the 7:00 pm third game of a tripleheader at the Dapitan Sports Complex Thursday.

In the 4:00 p.m. first game, the Generals will try to make it three in a row against South Division leader Pateros while Valenzuela looks to bounce back from a first loss in its last assignment when it takes on hardluck and still winless Las Piñas.

John Carl Melegrito had 21 points, including five quick unanswered points that put Quezon City to within 76-78 with two minutes left.

Tabi, who averaged 27.5 points in Quezon City’s last two victories, struggled with 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including 0-of-3 from the three-point territory.

Aldrin Ligon and Jethro Sombero led the way for the Supremos, who came off a loss to the Stars and vented their ire on the Home Defenders to score their fourth win in six games in this 10-team tournament which also has Synergy 88, San Miguel Corp., World  Balance, Frabelle Foods,  Summit   Mineral Water, Alco Plus, Gerry’s  Grill, Excellent Noodles, glitter.ph,  SM Supermalls and Nature’s Spring  as  major  sponsors.

Ligon finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and three assists and Sombero had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Supremos of Mayor Oca Malapitan and head coach Rensy Bajar.

Michael Jhon Perez added 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists and Nico Principe chipped in 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists for Caloocan, which unloaded a crippling 40-5 run to open up a 101-37 lead from 61-32.

Lester Dickens had 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Home Defenders, who played with only seven players, and fell further down the South Division cellar at 0-6.

Another former PBA player John Ferriols chalked up 16 points on an 8-of-10 FG shooting, 12 rebounds and five assists as the Generals, who were coming off a 115-68 rout of Las Piñas last Thursday, breezed past the Shoelanders to improve to 3-2 and a share of second with Solid San Juan-Big Chill in the South Division.

Richard Albo and Richmond Gilbero also had 12 points apiece and Jonathan Lontoc had 10 points and six rebounds for Taguig.

Ralph Jeffrey Deles led the Shoelanders’ losing effort with 17 points and nine rebounds. (Robert Andaya)

The scores:

FIRST GAME

Caloocan (128) —  Ligon 27, Sombero 17, Perez 15, Principe 14, Bauzon 13, De Mesa 12, Pacheco 11, Torrado 7, Tan 5, Buenaobra 4, Enriquez 3.

Las Piñas (58) —  Icawat 19, Dickens 13, Puno 12, Santos 8, Bueno 2, Dupaya 2, Villamor 2

Quarterscores: 30-17, 61-32, 101-37, 128-58.

SECOND GAME

Manila (81) – Rodriguez 19, Quiminales 13, Orquina 12, Yu 9, Yeo 7, Mallari 7, Gabas 6, Martinez 3, Acibar 3, Matignas 2, Manalo 0

Quezon City (78) — Melegrito 21, Tabi 16, Mahari 10, Salazar 9, Estoce jr. 5, Udjan 4, Gomez De Liano 3, Macaballug 2, Riva 0

Quarterscores: 23-11, 34-34, 56-54, 81-78.

THIRD GAME

Taguig (84) —  Ferriols 16, Albo 12, Gilbero 12, Lontoc 10, Monte 10, Oliveria 9, Almerol 6, Dela Virgen 5, Mayo 2, Tonggal 2, Alcantara 0, Lumungsod 0

Marikina (73) –Deles 13, Gervacio 12, Castillo 11, Munsayac 9, Catipay 7, Mendoza 6, Zapanta 5, Robrigado 4, Vicencio 2

Quarterscores: 22-14, 37-41, 64-58, 84-73.