MANDALUYONG and Quezon City emerged champions in their respective divisions to arrange a showdown for the Metro Basketball Tournament (MBT) seniors championship.
Mandaluyong overpowered MMDA, 94-69, to rule the South Division, while Quezon City trounced San Juan, 72-54, for the North Division title before a big crowd at the San Juan gym Friday night.
The twin victories enabled Mandaluyong and Quezon City to crown themselves as the 24-year-old-under champions in this tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) thru the Metro Manila Sportsfest and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
The Tigers and the Stars will now dispute the overall championship in a best of three encounter starting Nov. 20 at the San Andres Sports Complex.
Mandaluyong rode on Cyrus Tabi, who scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, and MBT All-Star Game MVP Sandy Cenal, who added 19 points and 14 rebounds to beat MMDA in this 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, San Miguel Corp., World Balance, Higer Bus and One World Music and Sports Inc. as major sponsors.
Tabi, a mainstay of Rizal Technological University in the NAASCU, also had nine rebounds, four steals and three assists in 34 minutes.
Angelo Manalac added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Prince Allan Liquinan had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Dan Anthony Natividad carried the fight for the Black Berets with 32 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists in a losing cause.
Jeremy Deles had 20.
The Quezon City-San Juan match in the tourney, which is 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, was also one sided.
Leading Quezon City’s charge was Joaquin Villacorta, who scored 18 points, all on three-point shots in less than 12 minutes.
Jefferson Comia, Jesus Asuncion, Mikhael Justin Salazar, Julius Barraquias, John Mahari and John Kenneth Cortez.
San Juan relied on Vincent Kristopher Huit with 19 points.
Huit was supported by King Genrey Astrero (10 points, 12 rebounds), Joshua Munsayac (8 points), Adrian Charles de Guzman (5 points, 16 rebounds) and John Kenneth Zamora (4 points).
Overall, Quezon City fared better on the floor with 28-of-75 shooting for 37 percent compared to San Juan's dismal 18-of-76 for only 23 percent.
The Stars also had more assists, 23-12.
Mandaluyong (94) – Tabi 26, Cenal 19, Manalac 15, Liquinan 10, Dada 6, Monghit 4, Senires 4, Reyes 3, Boholano 3, Banaag 2, Calapine 2, Teofilo 0, Tilos 0.
MMDA (69) -- Natividad 32, Deles 20, Gatchalian 5, Afuang 4, Larosa 4, Mayuyo 3, Morales 1, Jalandoni 0, Lambarte 0, Morales 0.
Quarterscores: 21-19, 40-26, 70-50, 94-69.
Quezon City (72) -- Villacorta 18, Comia 16, Asuncion 7, Salazar 6, Barraquias 4, Cortez 4, Mahari 4, Udjan 3, Antipuesto 2, Murao 2, Estoce 2, Dolotallas 2, Nebre 2, Padigdig 0.
San Juan (54) -- Huit 19, Astrero 10, Munsayac 8, De Guzman 5, Zamora 4, Acol 3, Nepomuceno 2, Descarga 2, Montero 1, Lugo 0, Danas 0, Lazaro 0, Sandrino 0.
Quarterscores: 27-20, 41-31, 61-40, 72-54.