First-ever Metro Manila Inter-Village League season launched

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 08, 2018 12:44 PM

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First-ever Metro Manila Inter-Village League season launched
The league will run through the next two months before the post-season in October.

Residents from different villages across National Capital Region (NCR) flocked to the Kerry Sports Center in Bonifacio Global City to witness the opening of the inaugural Metro Manila Inter-Village League last Saturday, Aug. 4. 

The newly-launched league of PLDT Home Fibr will feature 59 teams spread across two age groups, the under-29 and the 30-and-above brackets.

Key villages throughout Metro Manila sent representatives to one of the biggest village leagues yet.

Subdivisions and villages such as Ayala Heights and Philam Homes in the north; Ayala Alabang in the south; Valle Verde in the east; and Lexington Garden in the west will all be fighting for basketball supremacy, as well as cash prizes and a full makeover of their local basketball court.

PLDT Home Fibr formally launched the league with some of the best and brightest in the local basketball scene today, including players from the PBA and the UAAP.

TNT Katropa's Terrence Romeo, Kelly Williams, Anthony Semerad and Roger Pogoy along with Meralco Bolts such as Ranidel de Ocampo, Chris Newsome and Nico Salva graced the opening ceremonies.

The event was also graced by members of the defending UAAP men's basketball champions and Jones Cup fourth-placers Ateneo Blue Eagles, who were represened by Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, twins Matt and Mike Nieto along with their coach Tab Baldwin.

Adding excitement to the launch was a slam dunk contest with FIBA 3x3 slam dunk contest participant David Carlos, Darwin Cantong, and former UP Maroon Rob Ricafort vying for a PHP 40,000 cash prize.

Carlos wowed the crowd as he took home the top prize with a heart-stopping windmill jam. The professional dunker added to the degree of difficulty of after catching the ball from a man riding the back of another man, then swooping through the air for the right-handed finish.

The launch of the basketball tournament wouldn't be complete without a game and the day was capped off by the match-up between two villages from the south: Multinational and Tahanan Village.

Games had already started last July 21 and the game at the Kerry Sports Arena will be counted as part of the regular season schedule.

Multinational came out on top in a back-and-forth affair, 81-79, after Ricky Lopez swished the jumper from the baseline with 2.6 seconds left in the game to cap off the comeback bid in the fourth quarter.

Raul Reynoso of Tahanan's heroics was nullfied after nailing his only three-pointer of the game to knot things up at 79 with about 11 ticks left.

Mike Bernal led Multinational with 22 points while Jay Valdez paced Tahanan with 21.

The league will run through the next two months before the post-season in October.

The tournament comes after the formal partnership of PLDT with the NBA in launching NBA League Pass on the platform, where users can enjoy the NBA's streaming service for 50 pesos a day.

The tournament’s games will run every weekend. Schedules will be posted in PLDT Home’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PLDTHome.

For more information on the Metro Manila Inter-Village League and PLDT Home-Fibr powered products and services, visit www.pldthome.com.

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