Tigers close in on overall title

  • Written by Robert Andaya
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Sandy Ceñal of Mandaluyong looks to score in this bit of action in the MBT. Sandy Ceñal of Mandaluyong looks to score in this bit of action in the MBT.

NINE down, one to go for MBT South champion Mandaluyong.

Mandaluyong produced another strong performance on both end of the floor to bring down North
titleholder Quezon City, 82-61, and move within a win of capturing the overall title in the 2017 Metro
Basketball Tournament (MBT) 24 years old and under competition at the San Andres Sports Complex in
The “Fearsome Foursome “ of Sandy Ceñal, Prince Allan Liquinan, Angelo Manalac and Cyrus Tabi  
provided the spark for the Tigers of coach Johnedel Cardel as they scored 70 of the team’s total
output against the  Stars in this tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority  
(MMDA) thru the Metro Manila Sportsfest and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
The Tigers, who swept their six games in the classification round before beating Pateros in
the semis and MMDA in the division finals, can wrap up the title  with another victory in  Game 2
scheduled  today  at the JRU gym in Mandaluyong.
Game 3, if necessary, will be played Saturday (Nov. 25).
Ceñal, who earned MVP  honor during the first MBT All Star-Game last month, led the way with
27 points on a 10-of-17 shooting in 32 minutes of action in the 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, Higer Bus and One World Music and Sports Inc.
as major sponsors.
Liquinan added 18 points, including four triples; Manalac contributed 13 points and 10
rebounds; and Tabi had 12 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Jefferson Comia and Roque Estoce carried the fight for Quezon City with 13 points apiece.
Arzhar Udjan had 12 points and  nine rebounds for the J. Ycasiano-mentored Stars.
So impressive was Mandaluyong that it overshadowed Quezon City in almost departments of the
The Tigers shot better from the floor, hitting 32 of 65 attempts for 49 percent compared to
the Stars’  27-of-90  for only 30 percent.
In three-point shooting,  the Tigers went 8-of-21 (38 percent) against the Stars’ 4-of-26 (15
The two-month long 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.
Globalport Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio is the commissioner.
The scores:
Mandaluyong (82) -- Ceñal 27, Liquinan 18, Manalac 13,  Tabi 12,  Boholano 6, Senires 3, Reyes
3, Dada 0,  Tilos 0, Calapine 0, Haboc 0.
Quezon City (61) -- Comia 13, Estoce 13,  Udjan 12, Salazar 10,  Asuncion 5, Antipuesto 2,
Barraquias 2, Cortez 2, Padigdig 2,  Villacorta 0, Murao 0, Dolotallas 0, Nebre 0.
Quarterscores: 26-12, 46-35, 70-51, 82-61.