, Davao Occidental Tigers on cusp of Lakan Cup title – The Manila Occasions, Docuneedsph
, Davao Occidental Tigers on cusp of Lakan Cup title – The Manila Occasions, Docuneedsph

DAVAO OCCIDENTAL is now one win away from claiming the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup title, because it beat the San Juan Knights, 66-58, in Recreation 3 on the Subic Bay Gymnasium on Saturday.

With the victory, the Tigers seized a 2-1 lead over defending champion Knights within the best-of-five sequence.

Billy Robles led Davao Occidental with 13 factors, eight rebounds and 4 blocks as Mark Yee put up seven markers, 11 boards and two dimes. Bonbon Custodio added 10 factors, six rebounds and three assists.

The Tigers leaned on their protection down the stretch, permitting the Knights to come back as shut as six factors a number of occasions after getting a 62-53 lead with 3:28 left.

The final minute noticed Davao Occidental locked up with San Juan because it compelled John Wilson to a missed trey and a turnover on the 40-second mark.

A basket by Chester Saldua and a missed layup by Jhonard Clarito with 16 seconds remaining sealed the win for the Tigers.

Mike Ayonayon paced the Knights with 16 factors ‒ 11 straight within the third quarter ‒ the place he powered San Juan’s 12-1 rally that put the group inside three, 39-42, on the 6:05 mark after being down by 14 factors, 27-41, on the half.

Well timed baskets and free throws by Custodio, Robles and Emman Calo shoved Davao Occidental by 10, 52-43, on the finish of the third.

A ten-1 run by San Juan made it a 53-56 sport, however Joseph Terso and Kenneth Mocon buried a three-pointer every for a 62-53 lead on the 3:28 mark. From there, the Tigers clamped down on protection to get the win, which will get them nearer to avenging their 2019 Datu Cup Finals loss to the Knights.

Wilson contributed 12 factors and 9 rebounds for San Juan.

Recreation 4 of the sequence is on Sunday, March 21 on the similar venue.

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