LAS Piñas and Mandaluyong remained the only unbeaten teams and kept a share of the lead in the South Division of the 2017 Metro Basketball Tournament (MBT) seniors competition.
The Home Defenders, coached by Jonas Kintanar, racked up two wins this past week, beating Pateros, 79-74, at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig, then subdued Makati, 96-87, at the Paranaque Sports and Social Hall to hike its immaculate slate to 4-0, the same record of Mandaluyong, which also made it four in a row with a walk-in-the-park 78-56 rout of host Taguig the last time.
Las Piñas and Mandaluyong now moved two full games ahead of their closest pursuers in the South Division, a week before their much-awaited clash on Oct. 17 at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in this PBA-backed tourney which also has “Mobile App ng Bayan” Barangay 143 as co-presentor, Synergy 88, San Miguel Corporation, World Balance and Higer Bus as main sponsors and Spalding as official ball.
Meanwhile, Marikina gained a piece of the North Division lead in the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Sports Fest under the auspices of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Marikina kept Valenzuela winless with a 79-66 decision at the Navotas Sports Complex to improve to 3-1 and gain a share of the lead with San Juan in the North Division of this 24-and-under tournament which is also supported by Excellent Noodles, Nature’s Spring Water, 1-Pacman Partylist, Hopewell Sales Corp., Gatorade, Star Bread, Frabelle Foods, Regan Industrial Sales, Inc., Glitter.ph, Alcoplus, Primadonna and Archie’s Bespoke Bar + Grill.
In other games this week, MMDA beat Paranaque, 100-93, before the Green Berets bounced back with a 93-89 overtime decision over Pateros. Navotas also won in OT, 103-96, over Caloocan.
Kyt Jimenez scattered 16 points, including seven of Las Piñas' final 10 points in the last 3:42 of the game in the win over Pateros, whileRey Anthony Peralta scored 23 points and got ample scoring support from Kim Cyril Aurin (16), Jimenez (10) and Glenn Gallardo (10) in the victory over Makati
PBA D League veteran Joseph Gabayni and Cyrus Tabi provided the 1-2 punch for Mandaluyong in the win over Taguig. Gabayni finished with 26 points and seven rebounds and Tabi added 16 points for the Tigers, handled by Johnedel Cardel and assistant coach Albert Olaya.
Pruvil Bermudes scored four of his team’s last six points from the free throw line in the final 67 seconds to complete Parañaque’s come-from-behind victory in extra time, with Lordy Joshua Geronimo finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds, Dwight Saguiguit adding 16 points, Chris Lalata contributing 15, and Bermudes 13 as the Green Berets improved to 2-2 and a share of third place with MMDA in the South Division.
Pateros skidded to a 1-3 slate, still a notch better than Makati’s 1-4 in the South, while Navotas improved to 2-2 while dropping Caloocan to 1-3 in the North.
MBT commissioner Pido Jarencio said the No. 1 team in both North and South divisions after a single-round robin affair will advance to the semifinals outright.
The No. 2 teams will have twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Games can be watched live through the MBT’s Metro Manila Sports Fest Facebook page.
Livestats links of the games, team standings and conference stats leaders can also be accessed through http://mmsf.web.geniussports. com/ and/or www.mbt.ph.