Metro League 17-and-under Boys Basketball: BACOOR AGIMAT FORTIFIES SOUTH LEAD; MAKATI, LAS PIÑAS STAY WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE

Team Standings 

NORTH DIVISION 

Quezon City 3-0  

Caloocan-Arceegee 2-1 

Solid San Juan-PC Gilmore 1-1 

Valenzuela-San Marino 1-1 

Marikina 1-2

Navotas 0-3 

SOUTH DIVISION 

Bacoor City Agimat 4-1 

Makati 3-1 

Las Piñas 3-2

Pasay 2-2

Taguig 1-3

Parañaque 0-4

Games on Tuesday, May 28

(Hagonoy Sports Complex, Taguig)

10:30 am — Pasay vs Paranaque (17U)

1:00 pm — Makati vs Taguig (17U)

2:30 pm — Valenzuela vs San Juan (17U)

4:30 pm — Pasig vs QC (Reinforced)

6:00 pm — Taguig vs Caloocan (Reinforced) 

Bacoor City Agimat took care of business at home, hammering a 62-43 win over Taguig to strengthen its hold of top spot in the South Division of the Metro League 17-&-under boys basketball tournament Saturday afternoon at the Strike Gym in Cavite. 

Top players Pauloh Villarin and Mikhael James Gutierrez led the way anew for Bacoor which limited the Junior Generals to just four points in the fourth period to run away with a dominating 19-point victory. 

After suffering its lone loss week, Bacoor has now made it two wins in a row for a 4-1 slate, moving half a game head of second-running Makati (3-1) in the South Division of this M-League that is backed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and with Barangay 143 as league presentor. 

In other games, Las Piñas held on to a slim 64-63 win over Paranaque while the streaking Makati smothered Pasay, 75-65, in the Saturday triple-header among South Division squads. 

Villarin and Gutierrez chipped in 11 markers apiece while Mark Angelo Torrijos posted an all-around outing of 10 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Agimat. 

Ralp Angelo Cruz, meanwhile, wound up for 16 points and seven boards for the Junior Generals who failed to move into .500 mark as they fell into 1-3 in the South Division. 

On the other hand, Jericho Montero nailed a go-ahead basket in the last 46 seconds to lift Las Piñas into a 64-63 nail-biter win over neighbor city Parañaque. 

Montero finished with just seven points and four rebounds but his heroics proved to be enough for Las Piñas which nearly collapsed after leading by as many as 23 points. 

Jericho Reyes still led his team with 19 points despite injuring his right shooting hand in the endgame while John Cedric Panganiban added 13 points for Las Piñas which hiked its mark to 3-2 in the South Division of the M-League that is also bankrolled by Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation as major sponsors. 

Hanz Querido and Arwen Marcaida put up 20 and 19 points, respectively, in a losing effort anew for Paranaque which remained winless in four outings after Johanz Arciga missed on a point blank fastbreak lay-up with a second left in this M-League boys basketball tourney which 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. 

In the first game, Makati copped its third straight win behind Jericho Mateto who hauled down a monstrous double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds on top of four blocks. 

Ryan Dayle Celis and Perry Quijano also added 17 and 11 markers, respectively, for Makati which moved up to a 3-1 record and stay within striking distance of South Division leader Bacoor (4-1) midway through the elimination round. 

Kurt Sienes racked up 27 markers, five boards and three dimes for Pasay which slid to 2-2 also in the South Division of the M-League that is also supported by Gerry’s Grill, Summit Water, Alcoplus, Nature’s Spring and Goodfellow. (JBU)

The scores: 

FIRST GAME

Makati 75 — Mateto 25, R. Celiz 17, Quijano 11, Raz 8, Isidro 4, Velasco 4, Natividad 3, Atilon 2, Parane 0, Sulit 0, Baldomar 0, 

Pasay 65 — Sienes 27, Osorio 11, Ante 10, Frias 5, Guiron 5, Ramos 3, Capena 2, Tanao-Tanao 1, Garbiles 0, Misolas 0, Ballonado 0, Montevirgen 0, Perez 0

Quarterscores: 16-17, 27-22, 59-39, 75-65

SECOND GAME

Las Piñas 64 — Reyes 19, Panganiban 13, Lipata 8, Montero 7, Mendoza 7, Valencia 4, Petilla 2, Fontanilla 1, Ladra 1, Garcia 0

Parañaque 63 — Querido 20, Marcaida 19, Juntilla 11, Arciga 8, Tomas 4, Capulong 1, Tupaz 0, Bautista 0

Quarterscores: 22-11, 45-23, 56-47, 64-63

THIRD GAME

Bacoor 62 — Gutierrez 11, Villarin 11, Torrijos 10, Porcadas 9, Melencio 8, Macalalag 7, Pecho 2, Cornand 2, Torno 2, Bautista 0

Taguig 43 — Cruz 16, Makasakit 7, Baira 6, Ofianga 4, Arceo 2, Castillo 2, Amaro Jr. 2, Pizzaro 2, Pagsisihan 0, BIsnar 0, Calos 0, Gammad 0

Quarterscores: 12-10, 28-24, 47-39, 62-43