Marikina downs Caloocan, SJ nips Navotas

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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Games today:

(Makati Coliseum)

6 p.m. -- Mandaluyong vs. Paranaque

7:30 p.m. -- Makati vs. Taguig

THREE games ended  in  routs but another one went down the  wire as hostilities continued in the 2017
MBT 24  years old and under basketball competition at the Navotas Sports Complex. 

Marikina outclassed Caloocan,  92-79, Quezon City humbled Valenzuela, 92-75, and San Juan
outsteadied  Navotas,  89-84, in the North  and Mandaluyong crushed Metro Manila Development Authority,
100-72, in the South during  games held over the weekend.
Felix John Villarente,  Kyle Dominique Tolentino, Jack Garcia and Marvin Santos struck hardest
in Marikina's lopsided victory over Caloocan in  one of three North  Division encounters in  this  
tournament which has “Mobile App ng Bayan” Barangay 143 as  co-presentor, Synergy 88 as  main  sponsor
and  Spalding as official ball.
Villarente finished with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 22 minutes, while  Tolentino added 20
points, including five from the rainbow  territory, to power Marikina to its second straight win  
tournament   also sponsored by San  Miguel Corp., World Balance and Higer Bus and  supported by
Excellent Noodles, Nature’s Spring Water, 1-Pacman Partylist, Hopewell Sales Corp., Gatorade,  Star
Bread, Frabelle Foods, Regan Industrial Sales, Inc., Glitter.ph,  Alcoplus, Primadonna and  Archie’s
Bespoke Bar + Grill.
Garcia contributed 18 points and seven rebounds and Santos had 11 points and  a  game-high 19
rebounds for the  Elvis Tolentino-mentored  Shoelanders, who are seeking to add the 24-under title to
the 16-under crown they won last summer.
With Santos controlling the boards,  Marikina outrebounded Caloocan, 65-47.
Emmanuel Padernos was the lone  double-digit scorer for Caloocan with 24 markers.
Quezon City  drew  a balanced game  from   Jeffteson  Comia ( 16 points, 11 rebounds), Mikhael
Justin Salazar (16 points, five rebounds and four assists), and John Mahari (14 points, seven rebounds)
to  roll back Valenzuela.
Cayle Patrick Plastina led Valenzuela with 13 points on a perfect  6-of-6 shooting,
The San Juan-Navotas game provided  the drama.
Joshua Emmanuel Montero scored five of  his 13 points as San Juan  finished off  Navotas with a
14-4 run in the final five  minutes.
In  the lone South Division action,  Mandaluyong outscored MMDA in all four quarters enroute to
a 28-point blowout.
PBA D-League veteran Joseph Gabayni had 20 points and 17 rebounds in the Tigers'  third straight
Jonathan Boholano added 17 and Cyrus Tabi had 14 for Mandaluyong, which took  its biggest lead
of 30 points.
John Kevin Gatchalian, Steven Art Andres and Emmanuel John Afuang  combined  for 46 points for
The  other venues for the games are the San Andres  Complex, the Hagonoy Sports Complex and  
Paranaque Complex.
PBA legend Pido Jarencio is the commissioner.