(Hagonoy Sports Complex, Taguig)
4 p.m.-- Caloocan vs.Las Piñas
5:30 p.m.-- Manila vs. Quezon City
7 p.m.-- Taguig vs. Marikina
QUEZON City looks to make it five wins in a row when it plays Manila even as Caloocan and Taguig try to bolster their chances in the Metro League Open basketball championships at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig.
Cyrus Tabi, who was named as World Balance “Best Player of the Game” for the period of Oct. 7-13, is expected to lead the Junior Capitals anew when they take the floor against the All Stars in the 5:30 p.m. second game.
Quezon City is the only remaining unbeaten team in the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
The major reason for this unbeaten run of Quezon City is Tabi, last year’s Most Valuable Player in the Metro Basketball Tournament 24-and-under division.
Tabi, who plans to join the coming PBA Draft this December, starred in the Junior Capitals’ twin victories over Marikina and Caloocan to edge former PBA star Joseph Yeo of Manila for “Player of the Week” honor.
Tabi scattered 29 points on a red-hot 12-of-13 shooting from the field in the Junior Capitals’ 110-73 win over the Shoelanders last Oct. 11.
He followed it up with 25 points -- nine in the fourth quarter -- in the Junior Capital’s come-from-behind 92-90 win over Caloocan two days later.
Joshua Saret of Solid San Juan-Big Chill, on the other hand, was named as “Player of the Game in the South category.
Saret, who once recorded an 89 point-quadruple double while playing for Jose Rizal University in the NCAA juniors tournament nine years ago, won over Rickson Gerero of Pateros.
Saret led San Juan to two wins over Marikina and Las Piñas to help his team to a 3-2 record in the tourney which has “mobile app ng bayan” Barangay 143 as presentor, Spalding as the official ball and Team Rebel Sports as official outfitter.
In other matches, Caloocan will try to get back in the winning track when it goes up against Las Piñas at 4 p.m. while Taguig will battle Marikina at 7 p.m.
The Supremos,who are hoping to bounce back from 90-92 los to the Capitals, will rely on MJ Enriquez, Johnnel Rey Bauzon, Reynaldo De Mesa Jr, Kris Torrado and Michael Perez.
Kervin Lucente, Jeffrey Vito Cruz, David Sta.Rosa, Mark Ollano, Geollano Alvarado hope to lead the Home Defenders to their first win in this 10-team tournament supported by Synergy 88, San Miguel Corp., World Balance, Frabelle Foods, Summit Water, Alco Plus, Gerry’s Grill, Excellent Noodles, glitter.ph, SM Supermalls and Nature’s Spring.