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Marikina completes sweep

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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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.