Valenzuela, Quezon City roll back rivals

November 11, 2018
Metro League Open basketball championship
Tight action in the M-League Open.

VALENZUELA  routed  Marikina,92-74, and Quezon City  outclassed  Pateros, 85-82,  to  forge a  four-way tie  for the  top spot in the North in the  Metro League Open basketball championship at the Tañada  Homeowners Association  covered court.

Josiah Esplana finished with 19 points and six rebounds while Erwin Sta. Maria added  17 points, seven rebounds and six assists  for the Workhorses.

Robin Zapanta led Marikina’s losing  effort  with  25   points, followed by  Rigor Robrigado with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Jefferson Comia  had 28 points, seven rebounds  and four assists  to power Quezon City to victory in the 10-team tournamnet  organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

John Carl Melegrito  added 17 points and five rebounds for the Junior Capitals.

Reiner  Quinga had 16 points and six rebounds while Ariel Capus  and Rickson Gerero contributed  14 points apiece for  Pateros.

Last Sunday, Caloocan  defeated  Taguig,  102-97.

Overall, four  teams --  Manila, Valenzuela, Quezon City and Caloocan -- finished with similar 7-2  records in   the    North.

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.  4  Caloocan and No. 3 Quezon City, respectively.

In the  South, Taguig  secured top spot  with a 5-4 record, and San Juan  took  No. 2 with a 4-5 mark despite finishing in a tie with  Pateros.

San Juan  mauled  Pateros,  101-90,  last Oct.26.

The 10-team  tournament is sponsored by 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.

The  scores:

First game

Quezon City (85) -- Comia 28, Melegrito 17, Mahari 9, Udjan 7, Senal 7, Asuncion 5, Estoce Jr. 2, Gomez De Liano 2, Nava 2, Riva 2, Salazar 2, Abarcar 2

Pateros (82) -- Quinga 16, Gerero 14, Capus 14, Ilac 10, Brojan 9, Lopez 7, Navarro 6, Singontiko 6 Quarterscores: 20-24, 47-44, 61-61, 85-82.

Second game

Valenzuela (92) --Esplana 19, Sta. Maria 17, Ruaya 12, Natividad 10, Vianjohn 10, Kalaw 9, Chua 6, Tayongtong 4, Gamboa 2, Luz 1, Espinosa 0.

Marikina (74) --  Zapanta 25, Robrigado 17, Catipay 10, Deles 8, Mendoza 8, Gervacio 4, Munsayac 2

Quarterscores: 20-18, 47-43, 69-59, 92-74