VALENZUELA crowned itself as the 2018 Metro League basketball champion.
Valenzuela brought down Taguig, 90-80, to capture the overall championship with a smashing two-game sweep of their scheduled best-of-three title showdown before a big crowd at the Valenzuela Astrodome last Saturday.
Most Valuable Player (MVP) Erwin Sta. Maria, Dan Anthony Natividad and John Marco Tayongtong led the way for Valenzuela, which also bagged the North Division title over Caloocan earlier last week.
The Workhorses scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter – 10 by Tayongtong and five by Sta. Maria – to erase a six-point deficit after three periods and win pulling away over the Generals in this tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
In all, Valenzuela outscored Taguig, 26-10, in the payoff period.
Sta, Maria led the Workhorses with his 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting and seven rebounds, while Finals MVP Natividad added 20 points, seven rebounds and six steals.
Tayongtong finished with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists for Valenzuela in the two-month long competition which has Mobile App ng Bayan Barangay 143 as presentor, my|phone “Bida ang Pinoy” as official mobile phone, Spalding as official ball, and Synergy 88 as major sponsors.
Marlon Monte topscored with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Taguig, the South Division champion in the tournament also 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.
Paulo Cambaya and Royce Ajero added 12 points each in a losing effort.
M-League tournament director Bonnie Tan awarded the trophies, assisted by commissioner Glen Capacio and deputy commissioner Lou Gatumbato.
Valenzuela (90) – Sta. Maria 20, Natividad 20, Tayongtong 14, Esplana 8, Ruaya 7, Gamboa 6, Espinosa 5, Martin 4, Pascua 4, Kalaw 2, Rivera 0.
Taguig (80) – Monte 14, Ajero 12, Cambaya 12, Ferriols 9, Alcantara 9, Oliveria 9, Lumungsod 8, De la Virgen 3, Gilbero 2, Tiburcio 2, Tonggal 0.
Quarterscores: 19-21, 42-43,64-70, 90-80.