Griffins, Dragons reach MBL semis

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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Games today:

(FEU gym Fairview)

6 p.m. -- FEU-NRMF vs. Diliman-JPA

7:30 p.m. --  PCU  vs. CdSL-V Hotel

COLEGIO de San Lorenzo-V Hotel  routed  Philippine National Police, 106-64, and Diliman College-JPA Freight Logistics outsteadied Manuel Luis Quezon University-Victoria Sports, 69-59, to clinch the last two semis berths in the 2017 MBL Open basketball tournament at the PNP Sports Center in Camp Crame.

The Griffins brushed aside the disappointments of  their previous setback and vented  their ire on the Responders  to arrange a semifinal duel against No. 2 seed Philippine Christian University.
The Blue Dragons of coach Rensy Bajar played inspired basketball and held off  repeated rallies by the Stallions to set up a semifinal encounter against top seed FEU-NRMF-Gerry's Grill.
The Tamaraws and the Dolphins, who finished 1-2 in the elimination round, enjoy twice-to-beat  advantages in the  semis of the tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear,  Ironcon  Builders and Gerry’s Grill.
Five  mainstays, led  by James Castanares and Algie Baldevia, scored in double figures for the Griffins  of  manager Jimi Lim and coach  Boni Garcia.
Castanares  topscored  with 15 points, followed  by Baldevia with 13 and Jon Gabriel and Dominic Borja with 12 points apiece.
Julius Criste  carried  the fight for PNP with 16 points.
The 42-point winning margin by CdSL over PNP was one of the biggest in  recent  history of the 18-year-old league, surpassing  the  previous  high of  37 points established by FEU over Emilio Aguinaldo College last April..
Diliman College, which is still fresh from winning the Fr. Martin’s Cup earlier in  the  week, relied on Rickson  Gerero, Jonathan Regencia and  Kristoffer Torrado to eliminate  MLQU-Victoria Sports.
Gerero, one of  the team’s most dependable  scorers, fired  16 points while  Regencia added 14 points in  another solid  effort  by  the  Jerry Alday-backed Blue Dragons.
Kris Torrado added 10.
Jayson Grimaldo finished with  20 pounts for the Rainier Carpio-coached Stallions, who bowed out with a 3-5 win-loss record.
The scores:
First game
CdSL-V Hotel (106) --  Castanares 15, Baldevia 13, Gabriel 12, Formento 12, Borja 10, De la Cruz 8,  Chabi Yo 6,  Calizo 6,  Laman 5, Vargas 4, Paclarin 4, Callano 3, Gohar 3, Rosas 3,  Nuyda 2.
PNP (64) -- Criste 16, Cabrera 11, Elopre 10, Gonzales 6, Dia 4,  Nicolas  4, Santiago 4,

Ongutan 4, Tolentino 3, Bayabao 2.
Quarterscores: 35-22, 66-34, 87-52, 106-64.
Second game
Diliman-JPA Freight (69) -- Gerero 16,  Regencia 14, Torrado 10, Bauzon 8, Angeles 7, Onggulo 5, Salazar 4, Corpuz 3,  Ligon 2.
MLQU-Victoria Sports (59) -- Grimaldo 20,  De la Cruz 13, Rivera 8, Lao 6, Detubio 3, Asturiano 3, Sumay 2, Jamila 2, Fabila 2.
Quarterscores:  21-19, 37-29, 49-38, 69-59.