BACOOR, Cavite -- The Davao Occidental Tigers added the Bacoor Strikers to their growing list of victims in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at Strike Gym here Thursday .
Banking on former pros Mak Yee and Leo Najorda, the Tigers crushed the Bacoor Strikers, 69-50, to stretch heir winning streak to 12 and inch closer toward the leaders in the 26-team league founded by Senator Manny Pacquiao.
The Cocolife-banked Tigers climbed to 14-3, the best record in the South division and right behind North division powerhouses the Bataan Risers (14-2) and San Juan Knights (15-3).
Still springy at 36, the 6-foot-3 Yee posted 17 points and 11 rebounds for his nith double-double this conference.
Najorda, also 6-3 and 36 likewise, contributed 16 points and six rebounds for the Tigers, who routed the Strikers off the boards, 51-36.
Displaying tenacious defense, the Tigers held the Strikers to an atrocious 20 0f 68 shooting from the floor and 7 of 17 from the 15-foot-line, leading to a franchise-low production.
The Strikers absorbed their third straight defeat and dropped to an even 8-8 record despite the presence of former Senator Bong Revilla and team owner Cavite Rep. Strike Revilla.
To typify the Strikers' cold night, only Gab Banal was able to tally twin digits with 11 points.
So cold were the Strikers that the 11 points of Gab Banal turned out to be the team's best.
In the opener, the Cebu City Sharks, with Rhaffy Octobre at the helm, downed the Pasay Voyagers, 76-61, with Rhaffy Octobre spearheading the assault.
The 6-foot-4 Octobre scored 17 points, 15 in the first half, and snagged 13 rebounds for the Casino Ethyl Alcohol-backed Sharks, who rose to 7-11 win-loss record.
He was ably in the scoring parade supported by Patrick Cabahug with 12 points,
The Voyagers fell to 6-11 despite the 20-point output of Shaquille Alanes.