THE MBT South All-Stars used its tremendous height advantage to bring down North counterparts 113-103 in the 2017 Metro Basketball Tournament (MBT) All-Star Game at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate.
Sandy Ceñal scattered 19 points on a prolific 9-of-10 shooting from the field in 23 minutes to power the South selection to a surprisingly easy victory in the one-game showdown organized by the Metro Manila Development (MMDA) as part of the Metro Manila Sports Fest.
Ceñal, who plays for South Division top seed Mandaluyong,, was named as All-Star Most Valuable Player in the event which has Mobile App ng Bayan Barangay 143 as presentor, my|phone
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Kim Aurin, Dan Natividad, Rickson Gerero and Ronnie Mayuyo provided ample scoring support for South, which is composed of select players from Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, MMDA, Makati, Pateros, and Taguig.
Aurin added 18 points and eight rebounds, Natividad contributed 14 points and Gerero and Mayuyo had 12 points apiece for the winners.
High-flying Kim Olmoguiz of Manila led the North All-Stars with a prolific double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds.
Composed of players from Quezon City, San Juan, Manila, Marikina, Navotas, Caloocan, and Valenzuela, the North All-Stars also got 19 points from Jack Garcia and 15 points from Jeff Comia.
In the side events of the first-ever MBT All-Star Day, Navotas’ Jonel Parungao nearly didn’t make to the event due to traffic but still went on to win the Three-Point Shootout while Valenzuela’s Josiah Esplana, son of PBA legend Gerry Esplana, won the Free Throw Shooting Contest.
Quezon City’s Mikhael Justin Salazar won the Obstacle Challenge of the event which is also sponsored by Synergy 88, San Miguel Corp., World Balance and Higer Bus.
In the All-Star Day’s main event, the organizing MBT All Stars relied on PBA legends Eddie Laure and Pido Jarencio to beat LGU All Stars, 140-129.
Laure, who is part of the MBT’s Operations Group, scored 31 points while Jarencio, the current MBT Commissioner, added 25 points, including seven triples, to lead the MBT All Stars to victory in the game which capped the afternoon-to-evening event 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.
Andrei Mendoza and Allan Ascue added 20 and 14 points, respectively, for the winners while MBT tournament director and Globalport Batang Pier team manager Bonnie Tan finished with four points, seven rebounds and a game-high 10 assists.
The MBT’s 24--and-under competition takes an All Saints Day and All Souls Day and resumes on Nov. 9 at the San Andres Sports Complex with the Division knockout semifinals.
South All-Star (113) -- Ceñal 19, Aurin 18, Natividad 14, Gerero 12, Mayuyo 12, Romano 9, Tabasan 6, Dada 5, Camacho 4, Intia 4, Charcos 3, Cambaya 2, Boholano 2, Afuang 0, Ho 0.
North All-Stars (103) -- Olmoguiz 27, Garcia 19, Comia 15, Parungao 12, Esplana 7, Ricasio 6, Arquillo 4, Reyes 4, Castillo 3, Discarga 2, Mahari 2, Montero 2, Lumbao 0, Salazar 0, Villacorta 0
Quarterscores: 17-11, 50-48, 85-76, 113-103.
MBT All Stars (140) – Laure 31, Jarencio 25, Mendoza 20, Ascue 14, Gatdula 10, Garcia 10, Andaya 7, Tan 4, Chong 4, Maceda 4, Mangonon 4, Cheng 4, Colina 3.
LGU All Stars (129) – Gawat 23, Carlos 20, Villegas 20, Kintanar 14, Cortez 13, Yutan 10, Castro 8, Guiller 6, Gregoria 6, Dandan 4, Encabo 2, Tingson 2, Tolentino 1,Garcia 0, Nedic 0, Barrios 0.
Quarterscores: 37-31, 73-69, 106-95, 140-129