Manila keeps solo lead

October 23, 2018

MANILA showed too  much class in  beating undermanned Las Piñas, 101-71, to tighten its grip of the solo lead in the North Division in the Metro League Open basketball championships at the  Hagonoy  Sports Complex in Taguig.

Almel Orquina, Kenneth Acibar, Mark  Cruz,  Paolo Quiminales,  Daniel Martinez and Mark Yu  scored  almost at will to power the All Stars to a smashing victory  over the  Home Defenders and a 6-1 win-loss record in the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Orquina finished with 21 points -- all from  the three-point territory -- to lead a balanced scoring attack  by Manila, which hardly  missed   the  services of ex-PBA star Joseph Yeo in  the lineup.

Kervin Lucente almost singlehandedly carried the fight for Las Piñas with 23 points and 20 rebounds.

Joshua Icawat added 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and  three  steals for the seven-player  Home Defenders, who fell to  0-8.

The game was one-sided with Manila  shooting better from the floor  with 43-of-90 (47 percent) against  Las Piñas’ 29-of-82  (35 percent).

The All Stars also have  more rebounds (59-47), more assists (35-16) and  more steals ( 9-7).

M-League commisisoner Glenn Capacio said the top four teams from each group will advance  to the   division semis.

Lou  Gatumbato  is the deputy commisisoner.

The tournament also has “mobile  app  ng  bayan” Barangay 143 as  presentor,  Spalding as  the official ball and Team Rebel Sports as official outfitter.

Major  sponsors are 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.