Manila secures North top seed

October 25, 2018

MANILA leaned on the duo of Mark Christian Yu and former PBA player Joseph Yeo to beat Valenzuela, 112-98, and clinch top seed  in the  North  in the the Metro  League Open basketball championship  at  the  Parañaque Sports Hall.

Yu  exploded  with  31 points on a  respectable  14-of-18 shooting , while Yeo   added    24 points, four assists and  three rebounds topower the All Stars of coach Adoe Salazar  and  Mayor Joseph Estrada to their seventh win against  one loss in  the  tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and  supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Two other mainstays -- Jay Mark Mallari (17 points, six rebounds and five assists) and  Kenneth Acibar  (10 points and nine rebounds) starred for Manila’s victory.

Dan Anthony Natividad finished  with  33 points, nine assists and four rebounds and Christian Charis Chua had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Workhorses who played  minus ex-pro Erwin Sta.Maria.

Gianne Paulo Rivera and Allan  Richard Martin   also contributed 11 points apiece in Valenzuela’s  losing cause in the event,  which has “mobile app ng  bayan” Barangay 143 as  presentor, Spalding as the official ball and Team Rebel Sports as official outfitter.

Overall,   Manila  performed better with  50-of-90  field goal shooting  (55 percent) against   Valenzuela’s  37-of-86 (43 percent).

The  scores:

Manila (112) -- Yu 31, Yeo 24, Mallari 17, Acibar 10, Cruz 9, Orquina 9, Quiminales 6,  Manalo 2, Martinez 2, Tubera 2,  Matignas 0, Luke 0 Valenzuela (98) -- Natividad 33, Chua 12, Rivera 11, Martin 11, Tayongtong 10, Viana 8, Esplana 7, Luz 4, Gamboa 2,Quarterscores: 31-9, 55-47, 81-70, 112-98.