MANILA showed too much class in beating undermanned Las Piñas, 101-71, to tighten its grip of the solo lead in the North Division in the Metro League Open basketball championships at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig.
Almel Orquina, Kenneth Acibar, Mark Cruz, Paolo Quiminales, Daniel Martinez and Mark Yu scored almost at will to power the All Stars to a smashing victory over the Home Defenders and a 6-1 win-loss record in the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Orquina finished with 21 points -- all from the three-point territory -- to lead a balanced scoring attack by Manila, which hardly missed the services of ex-PBA star Joseph Yeo in the lineup.
Kervin Lucente almost singlehandedly carried the fight for Las Piñas with 23 points and 20 rebounds.
Joshua Icawat added 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for the seven-player Home Defenders, who fell to 0-8.
The game was one-sided with Manila shooting better from the floor with 43-of-90 (47 percent) against Las Piñas’ 29-of-82 (35 percent).
The All Stars also have more rebounds (59-47), more assists (35-16) and more steals ( 9-7).
M-League commisisoner Glenn Capacio said the top four teams from each group will advance to the division semis.
Lou Gatumbato is the deputy commisisoner.
The tournament also has “mobile app ng bayan” Barangay 143 as presentor, Spalding as the official ball and Team Rebel Sports as official outfitter.
Major sponsors are 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.