Valenzuela survives San Juan in thriller

November 10, 2018
Erwin Sta. Maria
Erwin Sta. Maria in action.

VETERAN Erwin Sta. Maria took charge in overtime as the Valenzuela survived San Juan, 118-116 in the 2018 Metro League Open basketball dhampionship at the San Juan gym.

Sta. Maria scored seven of his game-high 37 points in the extra period,  including two pressure-packed  free throws  that sealed the win for the Workhorses in the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

He added 10 rebounds and seven assists to his stat line.

Dan Natividad added 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Reneford Ruaya had 19 points and 20 rebounds for Valenzuela.

Joshua Saret led San Juan with 27 points, three assists and two rebounds and John Patrick Acol had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Actually, San Juan shot better than Valenzuela, 50 to 41 percent. But the Workhorses more than made up for it by knocking down 24 of 41 free throws attempts.

The Big Chill, for their part,  made 17 of 31 at the line.

San Juan  also had a record 17 three-point made, the most in the 10-team tournament sponsored by 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.             In other matches, Caloocan humbled Pateros, 85-81, for a 6-2 record and Marikina beat Las Piñas , 88-61, for its first win.

McArthur Enriquez finished with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting for the Supremos of  multi-titled coach Rensy Bajar.

Aevin Coquia added 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Johnnel Rey Bauzon had 13 points  and 10 rebounds.

Ariel Capus paced Pateros with 23 points and seven rebounds, followed by Jio Aldrin Lopez with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Kenneth Anderson and Conrad Castillo led the balanced scoring for Marikina with 13 points apiece.

Rigor Robrigado added 12 points and  eight rebounds, Robin Zapanta had 11 points and Francis Munsayac had 10 points for the Shoelanders

Mark Joseph Santos led the Home Defenders with 21 points and Kervin Lucente had 18 points and six rebounds.     

The scores:

First game

Marikina (88) -- Anderson 13, Castillo 13, Robrigado 12, Zapanta 11, Munsayac 10, Gervacio 9, Deles 7, Mendoza 5, Caceres 4, Vicencio 2, Bautista 2, Catipay 0

Las Piñas (61) -- Santos 21, Lucente 18, Gragasin 8, Icawat 7, Dupaya 4, Villamor 3.

Quarterscores: 21-23, 53-33,71-48, 88-61     

Second game

Caloocan (85) -- Enriquez 21, Coquia 16, Bauzon 13, Principe 12, Torrado 8, Sombero 6, De Mesa 5, Perez 4, Ligon 0, Tan 0, Tamayo 0.

Pateros (81) -- C apus 23, Lopez 19, Ilac 13, Navarro 6, Gerero 4, Mabazza 4, Quinga 4, Mercado 4, Singontiko 3, Cruz 1, Bucasas 0, Brojan 0.             Quarterscores: 28-15, 46-35, 71-66, 85-81

Third game

Valenzuela (118)  --  Sta. Maria 37, Natividad 30, Ruaya 19, Tayongtong 12, Martin 9, Esplana 4, Espinosa 4, Pascua 2, Chua 1, Rivera 0.

San Juan (116)--  Saret 27, Acol 23, Astrero 12, Rosopa 10, Elarmo 10, Magbanua 9, Jagunap 8, Dada 8, Corpuz 6, Bautista 3.

Quarterscores: 19-23, 49-50, 75-77, 105-105, 118-116.