QUEZON City played just hard enough to beat Navotas, 99-81 and emerge as the No. 1 team in the North in the 2017 Metro Basketball Tournament (MBT) seniors competition at the Navotas Sports Complex.
John Mahari, Jesus Manuel Asuncion, Julius Barraquias, Mikhael Justin Salazar and Roque Estoce combined for 62 points for Quezon City, which finished with a 5-1 win-loss record in the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), as part of President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign through sports.
Mahari topscored with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Asuncion fired 13 points for Quezon City, which clinched an outright semis berth with twice-to-beat advantage in the event which has “Mobile App ng Bayan” Barangay 143 as co-presentor, Synergy 88 as main sponsor and my|phone “Bida ang Pinoy” as official mobile phone and Spalding as official ball.
Quezon City's lone setback in the event sponsored by San Miguel Corp., World Balance, Higer Bus came at the hands of San Juan, 91-92, in overtime during opening day last Sept. 10.
Jeff Ivan Lumbab and Jason Patrick Lucas paced Navotas with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Manila subdued Valenzuela, 85-79, and San Juan routed Caloocan, 106-79, to forge a three-way tie with Marikina for second to fourth places with 4-2 cards.
Kimberly Olmoguiz finished with 20 points and eight rebounds and Algeric Ramirez added 19 points and five rebounds for Manila, which led by 13 points (83-70) before holding off Valenzuela's late rally.
Manila’s win also put to waste Jaymar Gimpayan's double-double effort of 29 points and 18 rebounds.
San Juan relied on Romeo Descarga III (16 points), John Kenneth Zamora (13 points ) and Joshua Munsayac (13 points) to roll back Caloocan.
Emmanuel Padernos had 19 points and eight rebounds.
The tournament 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 commissioner.