QUEZON CITY STARS OUTMUSCLE CALOOCAN SUPREMOS IN 16-AND-UNDER MMSF MBT SEASON 2 OPENING DAY; MMDA, PATEROS ALSO WIN

Games Tuesday, Apr. 17 ’18 (Caloocan Sports Complex)

1:00 p.m. Quezon City Stars vs. Mandaluyong Tigers

2:30 p.m. Valenzuela Workhorses vs. Manila All-Stars

4:00 p.m. Malabon Champs vs. Navotas BIDA

5:30 p.m. Marikina Shoelanders vs. Caloocan Supremos

QUEZON City leaned on the 1-2 punch of former Batang Gilas mainstays Miguel Tan and Ryan Yu to roll back Caloocan, 80-58, and join opening-day winners Pateros and MMDA in the 2018 Metro Manila Sportsfest basketball tournament at the San Juan gym last Sunday.

Tan asserted himself with a double double of  23 points and  20  rebounds, while Yu, son of Rain or Shine co- PBA team owner Raymund Yu, added 16 points for the Stars, who unleashed two long scoring splurges in the second and third quarters to win pulling away.

With Tan and Yu leading the way, the Stars outscored the Supremos, 39-18, in the middle quarters on the way to a lopsided victory in this tournament which has Mobile App ng Bayan Barangay 143 and Synergy 88 as major sponsors with Spalding as the official ball.

Earlier, Pateros survived a scare to beat Pasay, 60-57,  behind Julian Jugo’s 25 points  and  Metro Manila Development Authority drew balanced scoring to subdue host San Juan, 59-55.

Pasay had a chance to send the game into overtime when Glenn Sienes was fouled by JM Inocencio of Pateros while taking a three-point shot with 0.3 of a second left.

But Sienes, who led Pasay with 16 points,  missed all three free throws.

Jhon Ashly Andres, Daniel James Natividad and Joshua Carl Tawatao stood at the forefront of MMDA’s solid performance that silenced the pre-dominantly early afternoon San Juan crowd.

Andres finished with 16 points,  eight assists and six rebounds, while Natividad added 14 points for MMDA, which played inspired ball with no less than MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia watching the game.

Tawatao finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds while playing nearly 32 minutes for the Black Wolves.

Matthew Calilong topscored with 18 points in Solid San Juan’s losing effort.

No other.player from Solid San Juan managed to score in double figures, with Christopher John Tolentino adding eight points.

Actually,  both teams struggled from the floor with MMDA making 25- of-64 shooting  (39 percent) compared to San Juan’s 23-of-78 (29 percent).

Opening day special guest PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial made the ceremonial toss,  assisted by MMSF tournament director Bonnie Tan, finance director Waiyip Chong and commissioner Pido Jarencio.

GlobalPort Batang Pier players, led by team captain Ryan Arana and Stanley Pringle and import Malcolm White,  also attended the event.

In the inaugural Metro Volleyball Tournament, Makati and  San Juan shared opening-day honors.

Makati rallied from first-set setback to beat San Juan, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-19 in the girls’ 16-under division.

San Juan outsteadied  Paranaque,  20-25, 25-14, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13, in the women’s 24-under category.

Multi-awarded volleyball coach Dulce Pante was the special guest during the volleyball event which actually kicked off the MMSF’s second season in the morning.

Supporting the cage and volley tournaments 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 Noodles, , Summit Water, Gerry’s Grill, 1-Pacman Partylist and Archie’s Bespoke Bar + Grill. (Robert Andaya)

The scores:

First game

MMDA Black Wolves (59) — Andres 16,  Natividad 14,  Tawatao 12, Drio 7, Naga 5, Lichauco 2, Rance 2,  Quijano 1, Monserata 0,  Sadol 0, Punongbayan 0,  Sunga 0.

Solid San Juan (55) — Calilong 18,  Tolentino 8, Abalos 6,  Bilaro 5, J. Castro 4, Agravante 4, Valeros 4, Quililan 2, A. Castro 3, Torrecarrion 1, Palomero 0,  Patricio 0,  Teodoro 0.

Quarterscores: 11-13, 29-26, 46-37, 59-55.

Second game

Pateros Mighty Ducks (60) — Jugo 25, Inocencio 9,  Delfonso 9, Charanguero 8, Salonga 4, Ambrosio 2,  Tangco 2,  Macatangay 1, Quinones 0,  Lalusin 0,  Raymundo 0, Espinol 0.

Pasay Travel City (57) — Sienes 16, Rizos 9, Soriano 9, Frias 7,  Cervantes 4,  Arcilla 4, Reyes 4, De los Santos  3, Ramos 0, Lopez 0,  Patinio 0

Quarterscores: 15-9, 26-22, 41-39, 60-57.

Third game

Quezon City Stars (80) – Tan 23, Yu 16, Gabon 9, Sulit 7, Reniedo 5, Quinto 3, Reguera 3, Salvador M 3, Sebastian 3, Salvador J. 2, Santos 2.

Caloocan Supremos (58) – Rafael 12, Gonzaga 12, Pallingayan 10, Punzalan 5, Diwa 4, Tong 4, Rivera 2, Alvarado 2, Tiu 2, Borja 2, Dizon 2, Gamboa 1,Natividad 0.

Quarterscores: 18-15, 35-27, 54-36, 80-58