(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.