Taguig, San Juan favored

November 12, 2018
Metro League tournament director Bonnie Tan
Gerry’s Grill is one of the leading supporters of the Metro League Open basketball championships. Photo shows Jerome Ngo (middle) with Wilson Sia, M-League tournament director Bonnie Tan, finance officer Waiyip Chong, commissioner Glen Capacio, deputy commissioner Lou Gatumbato and deputy tournament director Fidel Mangonon.

Games Tuesday:

(San Juan gym)

5 p.m. -- Taguig (1) vs. Parañaque (4)

7 p.m. -- San Juan (2) vs. Pateros (3)

THE  semifinals of the 2018 Metro League Open basketball championship-South kick off today (Nov. 13)  with top seed Taguig and No. 2 seed San Juan enjoying twice-to-beat advantages over Parañaque and Pateros, respectively, at the San Juan gym.

Game time is 5 p.m. with Taguig and San Juan, which finished 1-2 after the  single-round elimination,  needing only to win once  to arrange a winner-take-all  showdown for  the South title in the prestigious tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The Generals, who topped the elimination phase with a 5-4 win-loss record, will meet the Green Berets in the first game at 5 p.m., while the Big Chill, who wound up second with a 4-5 mark, will battle Isang Pateros in the second game at  7 p.m.

In the North, Manila and Valenzuela took the top two spots and the twice-to-beat advantages over No.3 Quezon City and No.4 Caloocan.

Actually, all four teams -- Manila, Valenzuela, Quezon City and Caloocan -- finished with similar 7-2  records.

Manila, however, clinched top seed with +15,  followed by  Valenzuela with -1,  Quezon City with -4 and Caloocan with -10.

As  the top two teams, Manila and Valenzuela  now enjoy  twice-to-beat  advantages over  No. No. 4  Caloocan and No. 3 Quezon City, respectively.

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 major sponsors.