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Bicol Volcanoes stun Davao Occi, force do-or-die MPBL South QF tilt

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BATANGAS — Eight seed Bicol-LCC Stores lived to fight another day, taking down top-ranked Davao Occidental-Cocolife, 84-81, to force a Game Three in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South quarterfinals, Friday at the Batangas State University Gymnasium here.

With the scores shackled at 69-all in the final quarter, Alywn Alday fired five-straight points to spark a crucial 8-0 blast. That gave Bicol an eight-point cushion, 77-69, with 4:28 still on the clock.

But Bonbon Custodio, Emman Calo, and Marco Balagtas came to Davao Occidental’s defense quickly, countering with a 7-0 rally to trim Bicol’s lead to just one point.

Behind Alday, Jerome Garcia, and Hafer Mondragon, Bicol managed to build five-point advantage, 82-78, with 1:17 ticks left.

In a last-ditch to save the Tigers, Joseph Terso earned a split from the line while Kenneth Mocon forced a steal on Ronjay Buenafe with 17.4 left. That led to a breakaway lay-in from Chester Saldua to cut the lead to two, 81-83.

However, Alday went 1-of-2 from the line on the other end. Calo then badly missed a three, which spelled doom for Davao Occidental.

“Napakahirap talunin ng powerhouse team. Pero still, kailangan naming mag-trabaho, kailangan naming trabahuhin kasi gusto naming manalo. Sabi ko kailangan naming trabahuhin hanggang dulo,” said Bicol head coach Monel Kallos.

Alday pumped in 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting laced with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals for Bicol.

Garcia also had 18 markers built on five three-pointers along with five boards and three assists. Buenafe tallied 14 points, eight assists, and four rebounds.

Hafer Mondragon, meanwhile, chipped in a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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Calo paced the Cocolife-backed squad with 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block.

On the other hand, Billy Robles had 13 points and six boards, while Saldua added 12 points and five rebounds.

Davao Occidental lost star forward Mark Yee in the 3:05-mark of the second quarter after landing on his right foot badly off a rebound.

Game Three will take place on Wednesday in Davao.


The Scores:

Bicol-LCC Stores (84) — Alday 18, Garcia 18, R. Buenafe 14, Mondragon 10, Aldave 8, Lalata 8, Ongteco 2, P. Buenafe 2, Alfonso 0, Manalang 0.

Davao Occidental-Cocolife (81) — Calo 15, Robles 13, Saldua 12, Mocon 11, Custodio 11, Balagtas 8, Ludovice 5, Gaco 5, Terso 1, Forrester 0, Yee 0

Quarterscores: 16-21, 34-41, 54-63, 84-81

Story by Jonash Dannug

Photos By Thel Suliva

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