QUEZON City downed Parañaque, 100-80, and San Juan humbled Pateros 101-90, in a pair of crucial matches in the Metro League Open basketball championship at the Parañaque Sports Hall.
The Junior Capitals drew 31 points from Cyrus Tabi and 15 points from Francis Abarcar to roll back Green Berets and join Valenzuela in second place in the North with their fifth win in seven matches.
Tabi, who made 11-of-19 shots from the floor, also had eight rebounds and three assists, while Abarcar had five rebounds and three steals for coach JP Ycasiano and Mayor Herbert Bautista.
Erwin Encela finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds , three steals and two blocks and Adrian Timothy Partosa had 16 points and five rebounds for the Green Berets of coach Monel Kallos.
San Juan relied on John Patrick Acol (19 points), Andrei Simoun Dada (18 points) and John Paul Rosopa (16 points) to frustrate Pateros.
Rickson Gerero led Pateros’ losing effort with 27 points, 13 rebounds and four assists and Reiner Quinga had a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds.
The tournament is organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
M-League commissioner Glenn Capacio said the top four teams from each group will advance to the division semifinals .
Lou Gatumbato is the deputy commissioner.
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.