Davao Tigers in vengeful win

January 24, 2019

DAVAO Occidental Cocolife Tigers  bounced  back  from a  sorry loss by  venting its ire  on host team  Marikina, 80-68 in the second phase elimination of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup  (MPBL) held at  Marist  School in Marikina over the weekend.  

The Mindanao  team   owned by  Claudine Bautista  and  backed by Cocolife president Elmo Nobleza, FVP Joseph Ronquillo and AVP Rowena Asnan tightened its grip on  the top spot in the south division  with 16-4 win-loss record.

Marikina  skidded to 7-10 and needs to win  in their remaining matches to stay  in contention for the next stage..

The Tigers’ offensive weapons -- PBA veteran Leo Najorda, Mark Yee,Billy Robles and Bonbon Custodio -- struck hard as  took control of the  game in the early going by establishing  double-digit advantage in  third quarter.

Although the Shoe Masters staged  an uprising behind  ex-pro Jondan Salvador,  the Tigers kept them at bay behind the defense of   big man Bogs Raymundo  inside the paint and homegrown  Emman Calo and Joseph Terso.

Overall, it was the Tigers’ 16th victory in 20 outings.

“Our one-point setback against GenSan  motivated us to go all out in this game and my teammates  responded very well,” said Tigers leading scorer Najorda.

The victory according to team manager Ray Alao set their focus in  making it to the finals and their mission of winning the championship. DS