Team Standings (Win-Loss)
QUEZON CITY 2-3
SAN JUAN 3-2
LAS PIÑAS 0-4
Games Thursday, May 18 ‘17 (Hagonoy Gym in Taguig)
10:00 a.m. Paranaque vs. Pasay
11:45 a.m. Muntinlupa vs. Las Pinas
1:45 p.m. Taguig vs. Makati
Marikina completed a sweep of the North Division with a 74-67 win over Caloocan Wednesday at the Navotas Sports Complex in the penultimate playdate of the Classification Round of the 16-and-under Metro Basketball Tournament.
Rance Angelo Romero had a team-best 16 points, including three points and an assist to a Kyle Tolentino triple in a 9-2 wind-up by the Shoelanders in the final three and a half minutes which enabled them to break out of the game’s final deadlock of 65-all and finish their division with a perfect 5-0 slate.
One of only three remaining unbeaten teams in the month-long tournament, an initial project of the Metro Manila Sports Fest in coordination with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) under Chairman Tim Orbos and the Metro Manila Council, Marikina will advance to Division I of the Qualification Round along with Manila (5-0) and Mandaluyong of the Central Division, the Top 2 teams in the South Divisions (currently being led by Makati’s 4-0) , and Valenzuela which ended up still No. 2 in the North Division even after losing in double overtime 112-111 in the second game to Malabon.
Vincent John Tibang scored the game-winner for Malabon with 12 ticks remaining in the second OT, completing their comeback from deficits of as much as 12 in the first period of the most exciting game so far in the tourney which has Higer Bus as major sponsor, Excellent Noodles, Summit Natural Drinking Water, Synergy 88 Digital, World Balance, Regan Industrial Sales, Gadgets In Style, Gerry’s Grill, Cloudfone, Firefly Lighting, Frabelle Foods, Burlington, Higer, Stonini, Star Bread, Cobra Energy Drink, Grips Hari Wax, Alcoplus Alcohol and Glitter.ph as sponsors, PLDT as internet provider, and Spalding as official ball.
In Wednesday’s third game, Quezon City battled back from a 12-point deficit in the final period to stun Navotas 104-103 in overtime to salvage the No. 4 spot in the North Division and a place in Division II of the Qualification Round.
Meanwhile, Makati guns for a sweep of the South Division against host Taguig in the Classification Round’s final tripleheader at the Hagonoy Gym Thursday.
The Makati-Taguig game tips off in the 1:45 p.m. third game with Taguig needing a win and a Paranaque loss to Pasay in the 10:00 a.m. first game to join Makati in Division I of the Qualification Round.
Wins by Paranaque and Taguig will result in a triple tie for first place with Makati in which case the FIBA quotient system will decide which two teams will move on to Division I of the next round.
Muntinlupa battles Las Piñas in the 11:45 a.m. second game in the former Tinga Gym in Taguig City.
The Classification Round of the tourney, which has former PBA head coach and player Pido Jarencio as Commissioner and Bonnie Tan as Tournament Director, began last April 28 with the six teams in each of the North, Central and South Divisions playing a single round-robin affair, or five games each.
The Top 2 teams in each division then advance to Division I of the Qualification Round with the three top teams figuring against each other in another single round-robin affair for placings in the Final 4 for the overall championship, and the other 3 teams also figuring in another single round-robin among themselves to determine the wildcard entry to the Final 4.
Division II of the Qualification Round will have the Nos. 3 and 4 teams in each division during the Classification Round while Division III of the Qualification Round will have the Nos. 5 and 6 teams in each division during the Classification Round with the teams figuring in a similar format as Division I to determine that Division’s champion.
For the MMSF/MBT stats website, please click on http://mmsf.web.geniussports.com/ (Fidel Mangonon III)