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Davao Occidental advances to MPBL National Finals as four Basilan players test positive

SUBIC — San Juan-Go for Gold and Davao Occidental-Cocolife will collide in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL National Finals for the second straight season. 

League commissioner Kenneth Duremdes confirmed that four members from the Basilan-Jumbo Plastic delegation tested positive for COVID-19 in their re-swab, Monday.

“Update is four ang positive,” said Duremdes.

With the development, the Tigers won the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan South Division title by default. They also punched their ticket to the National Finals for the second straight season.

The two squads were knotted at 1-1 when the pandemic forced MPBL to stop play a year ago.

Basilan drew first blood against the Tigers back on March 9 last year, 74-72 at the RDR Gymnasium in Tagum City, before Davao tied the series two days after, 81-76, at the Lamitan Capitol Gym.

The quest for the Lakan championship trophy will begin tomorrow, March 17, 4:00 pm, still at the Subic Bay Gymnasium here.

Games will be almost every day until the series ends, with just a one-day breather after Game Two.

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