IT will be Quezon City against San Juan in the North and Mandaluyong versus MMDA in the South in the division finals of the Metro Basketball Tournament seniors competition at the San Andres Sports Complex.
Quezon City subdued Navotas, 95-92, to arrange a title showdown against San Juan while Mandaluyong routed Pateros, 102-63, to set uo a title duel against MMDA in the South.
The division finals will be held on Nov. 17 before the champions of the two divisions dispute in a best-of-three series the MBT Seniors overall championship of the 23-under event organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) thru the Metro Manila Sports Fest and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)
Five players, led by Jefferson Comia and John Kenneth Cortez, scored in double figures for the J. Ycasiano-mentored Quezon City in the win over the BIDA to the disappointment of the full-house home crowd at the Navotas Sports Complex last Friday.
Comia finished with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting in nearly 29 minutes. Cortez contributed 15 points, Mikhael Justin Salazar added 14 points, bune rebounds and seven assists and John Mahari had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Stars.
Jonel Parungao was the top man for Navotas with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The San Juan-Manila proved to be as exciting at the San Andres Sports Complex last Thursday in the North Division semis of this event which has Mobile App ng Bayan Barangay 143 as presentor, my|phone “Bida ang Pinoy” as official mobile phone, Spalding as official ball, and Synergy 88, San Miguel Corp., World Balance and Higer Bus as major sponsors.
Mandaluyong hardly missed the services of PBA-bound Joseph Gabayni to slam the door on hard-fighting Pateros.
Prince Allan Liquinan, Angelo Manalac, Cyrus Tabi, Andrei Dada and MBT All Star Game MVP Sandy Cenal shared scoring honors for the Tigers of coach Johnedel Cardel.
Rickson Gerero topscored with 22 points for Pateros, which earned the right to meet the Tigers by upsetting Paranaque in the South quarterfinals of the tourney which is also supported by Excellent Noodles, Nature’s Spring Water, 1-Pacman Partylist, Hopewell Sales Corp., Star Bread, Frabelle Foods, Regan Industrial Sales, Inc., Glitter.ph, Alcoplus and Archie’s Bespoke Bar + Grill.
PBA legend Pido Jarencio is the MBT commissioner.
Mandaluyong (102)-- Liquinan 18, Manalac 16, Tabi 15, Dada 12, Cenal 10, Boholano 6, Reyes 5, Calapine 5, Teofilo 4, Monghit 4, Banaag 3, Tilos 2, Haboc 2.
Pateros (63) -- Gerero 22, Go 13, Cayangan 11, Raymundo 7, Morro 4, Encinares 2, Bucasas 2, Coras 2, De Guzman 0, Ramos 0, Egdalino 0, Salonga 0.
Quarterscores: 24-21, 41-37, 65-51, 102-63.
Quezon City (95) --Comia 17, Cortez 15, Salazar 14, Mahari 14, Estoce 10, Barraquias 9, Udjan 6, Asuncion 4, Padigdig 4, Antipuesto 2, Bebre 0, Villcorta 0.
Navotas (92) -- J. Parungao 19, Lucas 14, Marquez 14, A. Parungao 14, Navarette 12, Lumbab 9, Baguion 4, Crisostomo 4, Boleche 2, Vargas
Quarterscores: 28-16, 42-37, 64-62, 95-92.