MARIKINA held off Caloocan, 74-67, to complete a five-game sweep of the North Division in the 2017 MMDA-MBT Metro Manila Sports Festival 16 years old and under basketball tournament at the Navotas Sports Complex.
Rance Angelo Romero, Jose Adrian Antonio and Felix John Villarnete combined for 45 points to power Marikina to an inspiring victory over Caloocan in this prestigious 18-team tournament presented by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), headed by chairman Tim Orbos.
Romero scattered 16 points on a respectable 7-of-11 shooting from the floor for the Shoelanders of Mayor Marcy Teodoro and coach Elvis Tolentino.
Antonio added 15 points and Villarente contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds for Marikina, which outscored Caloocan, 26-16, in the final quarter to clinch the win.
Villarente was later named as World Balance “Best Player of the Game.”
Ryan Ricasio finished with a double-double of 22 points and 21 rebounds for Caloocan, which dropped to 1-4.
Malabon edged Valenzuela, 112-111, in overtime; and Quezon City outlasted Navotas, 104-103, in other matches.
Six players, led by Jerviz Ariola, scored in double figures for Malabon.
The metrowide competition is sponsored by Higer Bus and supported by World Balance, Spalding Balls, Excellent Noodles, Starbread, Burlington Sock, Summit Mineral Water, Cobra Energy Drinks, Stonini, Regan Industrial Sales Inc., Cloudfone, Alcoplus Alcohol, Frabelle Foods, Grips Hair Wax, Gadget in Style, Synergy88 Digital, Glitters.Ph, PLDT Alpha and Gerry’s Grill.
Already assured of a seat in the next round is Manila, which posted a perfect 5-0 wn-loss record in the Central Division,.
Makati is the only other teams with an unbeaten record of 4-0 to pace the South Division.
Globalport Batang Pier team manager Bonnie Tan is the tournament director, while PBA legend PIdo Jarencio is the commissioner.
Assisting them are Billy Reyes, Allan Ascue, Emer Colina, Nelson Gatdula and Richard Cheng.