Metro-League titles at stake

November 19, 2018

Games today:

(Tanada Homeowners Association  gym,  Valenzuela City)

5 p.m. -- Valenzuela vs. Caloocan

7 p.m. -- Taguig vs. San Juan    Games today:

IT will be Valenzuela against Caloocan in the North and Taguig versus San Juan in the South in a pair of  division championships in the 2018 Metro League Open basketball tournament  at the Tanada Homeowners Association gym in  Valenzuela City.

Game time is 5 p.m. with the victors of  the two knockout games winning the titles in their respective  divisions while advancing to the  best-of-three Metro championships of the tournament  organized by  the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association.

Valenzuela defeated Quezon City, 111-102, while Caloocan  outsteadied  Manila, 116-102, to arrange a title showdown in the North; while Taguig downed Parañaque, 84-78, and San Juan humbled Pateros, 78-76,  to  set up final match in  the South.

MJ  Enriquez and Kristoffer Torrado provided the 1-2 punch for Caloocan, which finished No. 4 seed  and needed to beat top seed Manila twice to advance to the finals.

Enriquez finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists and Torrado added 24 points, eight assists, and  five rebounds for the Supremos of Mayor  Oca Malapitan and Rensy Bajar.

Equally impressive was Solid San Juan-Big Chill,  which slammed the door on Pateros.

Joshua Saret topscored with 21 points for San Juan, which raced to an early double-digit and never looked back  to frustrate Pateros.

The 10-team tournament also has Synergy 88, San Miguel Corp., World Balance, Frabelle Foods, Summit Mineral Water, Alco Plus, Gerry’s Grill, Excellent Noodles, glitter.ph, SM Supermalls and Nature’s Spring as the major sponsors.