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Tigers earn top seed

  • Written by Robert Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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MANDALUYONG City  outclassed Pateros, 99-90, to complete a six-game sweep of the elimination  round and
clinch top seed in the South in the 2017 Metro Basketball Tournament (MBT) seniors competition at the
Parañaque Sports Complex.

Jomil Reyes, Cyrus Tabi and Prince  Liquinan combined for 54 points for Mandaluyong, which was
never seriously  threatened by Pateros in the final day of the elimination round of the event organized
by the Metro Manila  Development Authority (MMDA) and  presented by “Mobile App ng Bayan” Barangay 143. 

Reyes  finished with 19 points, Tabi added 18 points and  Liquinan contributed 17 points for
the Johnedel Cardel-mentored Tigers, who clinched an outright semis berth with twice-to-beat advantage.
    
So dominant  was Mandaluyong that it found  no need to field its top two players, Joseph
Gabayni and Sandy Ceñal, in the game and still won with plenty to spare.
    
Mandaluyong also made 12 of its 28 three-points against only 2-of-10 by Pateros. The Tigers
also had 10 more assists, 24-14.
    
Rickson Gerero  paced Pateros with  28 points, followed by Jovito Tabasan with 20 points and 11
rebounds and Eron Go with  20 points.
    
Pateros finished with a 2-4 win-loss slate, the same record of Makati in the tournament which
also has Synergy 88 as main sponsor, my|phone “Bida ang Pinoy” as official mobile phone and Spalding as
official ball.
    
In the only other game, Las Piñas subdued Parañaque, 84-76,  to finish second with a 5-1
record.
    
Kim Cyril Aurin and Edgar Louie Charcos  scored 17 points apiece for the Home Defenders, who
used a strong third quarter to turn the game  around against the Green Berets.
    
Pruvil Bermudes had  21 points and John Uduba had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Parañaque,
which closed out with a 3-3 mark in the tourney sponsored by San Miguel Corp., World Balance, Higer Bus
and 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.
    
MBT commissioner Pido Jarencio said the quarterfinals in the North will be  played on Sunday
atthe San Juan  Coliseum.
    
Already assured of a semis berth in th eNorth is Quezon City, which finished with a 5-1 win-
loss record.