CYRUS Tabi of Quezon City and Joshua Saret of Solid San Juan-Big Chill were named World Balance Players of the Week in the Metro League Open basketball tournament for the period covering October 7 to 13.
Tabi, last year’s Metro Basketball Tournament 24-and-under MVP, starred in the Junior Capitals’ twin wins this past week over Marikina and Caloocan to beat for PBA star Joseph Yeo of Manila for North Division honors of the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the PBA.
Saret, who once recorded an 89 point-quadruple double while playing for JRU in the NCAA juniors tournament nine years ago in a game against Angeles U, denied Pateros’ Rickson Gerero a second straight South Division recognition.
He won the award after leading San Juan to two wins this past week against winless teams Marikina and Las Piñas to stretch their winning streak to three after a 0-2 start and grab solo second in the South division of this tourney which has “mobile app ng bayan” Barangay 143 as presentor, Spalding as the official ball and Team Rebel Sports as official outfitter.
Games resume on Tuesday at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig with Quezon City looking to make it five in a row against dangerous Manila. Caloocan will try to bounce back from a loss to the Junior Capitals when it goes up against Las Piñas in the 4 pm opening. Taguig then aims to make it two in a row as it hosts Marikina in the 7pm nightcap of this 10-team tournament which 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.
Tabi, who is planning to make himself available for the upcoming PBA Draft this December, had 29 points on a sizzling 12-of-13 shooting from the field in the win over the Shoelanders last Thursday.
Three days later, he scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half in a win over the Supremos.
Saret had 16 points, nine assists, three rebounds and a steal in the win against Marikina Tuesday last week before following it up with 26 points built around a 6-for-11 three-point shooting while adding four steals, two assists and a rebound in the win over the Home Defenders last Saturday.