QC stakes perfect mark

October 15, 2018
Cyrus Tabi
Cyrus Tabi of Quezon City in action versus Caloocan. MLeague photo

Games today:

(Hagonoy Sports Complex, Taguig)

4 p.m.-- Caloocan vs.Las Piñas

5:30 p.m.-- Manila vs. Quezon City

7 p.m.-- Taguig vs. Marikina

QUEZON City looks to make it five wins in a row when it plays Manila  even as Caloocan and Taguig try  to bolster their chances in the Metro League Open basketball championships at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig.

Cyrus Tabi, who was named as World Balance “Best Player of the Game” for the period of Oct. 7-13,  is expected to lead the Junior Capitals anew when they take the floor against the All Stars in the 5:30 p.m. second game.

Quezon City is  the only remaining unbeaten team in the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The major reason for this unbeaten run of Quezon City is Tabi, last year’s Most Valuable Player in the Metro Basketball Tournament 24-and-under division.

Tabi, who plans to join the coming PBA Draft  this December,  starred in the Junior Capitals’ twin  victories over Marikina and Caloocan  to edge  former PBA star Joseph Yeo of  Manila for “Player of the Week” honor.

Tabi  scattered 29 points on a red-hot 12-of-13 shooting from the field in the Junior Capitals’ 110-73 win over  the Shoelanders last Oct. 11.

He followed it  up with 25 points --  nine in the fourth quarter -- in the Junior Capital’s come-from-behind 92-90 win over Caloocan  two days later.

Joshua Saret of Solid San Juan-Big Chill, on the other hand, was  named as “Player of the Game in the South category.

Saret, who once recorded an 89 point-quadruple  double while playing for Jose Rizal University in the NCAA juniors tournament nine years ago, won over Rickson Gerero  of Pateros.

Saret led San Juan to two wins over Marikina and Las Piñas to help his team to a 3-2 record in the tourney which  has “mobile app ng bayan” Barangay 143 as  presentor, Spalding  as  the official   ball and Team  Rebel  Sports as official  outfitter.

In other matches,  Caloocan will try to  get back in the winning track when it goes up against Las Piñas at 4 p.m. while Taguig  will battle Marikina at 7 p.m.

The Supremos,who are hoping to bounce  back from 90-92 los to the Capitals, will rely on MJ Enriquez, Johnnel Rey Bauzon, Reynaldo De Mesa Jr, Kris Torrado and Michael Perez.

Kervin Lucente, Jeffrey Vito Cruz, David  Sta.Rosa, Mark Ollano, Geollano Alvarado  hope to lead  the  Home  Defenders to their first  win in  this 10-team tournament supported  by  Synergy 88, San  Miguel Corp., World  Balance, Frabelle Foods,  Summit   Water, Alco Plus, Gerry’s  Grill, Excellent  Noodles, glitter.ph,  SM Supermalls and Nature’s  Spring.