OCTAGON OFF TO HOT START IN INAUGURAL METRO LEAGUE 13-&-UNDER BOYS’ CAGE TOURNEY

Octagon clobbered Solid San Juan, 81-63, last Sunday for its second straight win in the 2019 Metro League 13-&-under boys basketball tournament which got underway this past weekend at the San Juan Gym. 

Kyn Meneses Vicente and Joaquin Vicente Sison dropped 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Octagon which broke the game wide open with a 26-5 first quarter outburst. 

Represented by AMA players, Octagon never looked back since then as it even stretched the gap to as many as 28 points en route to a massive second win. 

Octagon, which defeated Caloocan in Saturday’s opening playdate via default, thus improved to 2-0 in the M-League 13-&-under tourney which is backed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and with Barangay 143 as league presentor.

Solid San Juan, represented by La Salle-Greenhills’ players, on the other hand, failed to follow up its 66-49 opening day win over Makati despite the 16 and 13 points of Gian Gomez and Camilo Jugo, respectively. 

San Juan slid to 1-1 card in the four-team M-League competition that is also bankrolled by bankrolled by Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation as major sponsors. 

In the other game, Makati eclipsed winless Caloocan, 56-54, for a huge bounce-back win. 

Behind Zachary Rodriguez and Neil Abequibal, Makati unleashed a 20-8 finishing kick in the fourth period to cap an epic come-from-behind win from a 12-point deficit, 36-48, after three quarters. 

Rodriguez and Abequibal racked up 17 and 12 points, respectively, for Makati which rebounded from that 25-point opening day loss to Solid San Juan to improve to 1-1 in the M-League cagefest which is also supported by Gerry’s Grill, Summit Water, Alcoplus, Nature’s Spring and Goodfellow. 

No player made noise for Caloocan other than Mykhail Alpuerto with nine points. 

Caloocan, which lost its season opener via default due to lack of number of required players to start a game, remained winless in two games of the double-double round-robin elimination tourney 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. (JBL)

The scores:

Sunday, June 2 Games

First Game 

Octagon 81— Vicente 13, Sison 12, Lopez 11, Manalad 8, Galindez 8, Tan 6, Valdeavilla 6, Guevarra 5, Maneja 4, Lugtu 2, Ebdane 2, Dizon 2, Herrera 0, Yu 0, Padolina 0

LSG — San Juan 63 — Gomez 16, Jugo 13, Tuason 6, Natividad 6, Hachuela 5, Maravilla 4, Alain 4, Nonato 4, Muyuela 3, Torres 2, Abellar 0, Reroma 0, Hizon 0, Villavicencio 0 

Quarterscores: 26-5, 47-30, 60-45, 81-63

SECOND GAME

Makati 56 — Rodriguez 17, Albequibal 12, Concina 10, Bravo 5, Raymundo 4, Balicoco 4, Merida 2, Taylo 2, Gamulo 0, Nograda 0, Pana 0, Castallas 0, Custodio 0

Caloocan 54 — Alpuerto 9, Pangan 8, Sarmiento 8, Maligro 7, Perartilla 5, Hagos 4, Endaya 4, Colibao 4, Gloria 3, Espiritu 2, San Diego 0, Jerusalem 0, Teope 0, Cruz 0, Abelardo 0

Quarterscores: 17-15, 26-29, 36-48, 20-8

Saturday, June 1 Games 

FIRST GAME 

Solid San Juan — San Juan 66 — Hachuela 17, Peralta 12, Alian 6, Jugo 5, Ples 5, Donato 4, Torres 3, Natividad 3, Maravilla 2, Romero 2, Gomez 2, Abellar 1, Muyuela 0

Makati 49 — Concina 12, Abequibal 2, Balicoco 10, Rodriguez 5, Merida 3, Gamulo 2, Nograda 2, Bravo 2, Castallas 2, Raymundo 1, Pana 0, Taylo 0, Custodio 0, Lanuza 0

Quarterscores: 16-10, 29-17, 50-25, 66-49

SECOND GAME

Octagon 20 (won by default) 

Caloocan 0