BIÑAN — South top seed Davao Occidental-Cocolife spoiled Biñan-Luxxe White’s last home game this 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season, 72-66, Thursday night at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
June Mocon registered 15 points — all from the three-point area — on top of three rebounds and a steal as the Tigers upped their standings to 25-4, picking up their fourth straight win.
Chester Saldua followed suit with 12 markers and seven boards. Meanwhile, Marco Balagtas and Emman Calo connived for 21 points.
“Biñan’s second group played really well. I tip my hats off to them, they really played well,” said Davao Occidental coach Don Dulay.
Jed Mendoza’s freebies at the 1:42 mark of the payoff period still trimmed the Heroes’ deficit to just four. Unfortunately, they missed all but one of their remaining shots.
Trailing 47-29 midway through the third period, Biñan launched a fiery comeback, ending the quarter on a 14-1 burst, to cut the deficit to just five, 43-48.
On the other hand, Mendoza led Biñan with 18 points, six boards, and six dimes. Kyle Neypes and James Castañares chipped in eight markers apiece.
The Heroes concluded the season in 10th place in the Southern division behind a 12-18 slate.
Davao Occidental-Cocolife 72 – Mocon 15, Saldua 12, Balagtas 11, Calo 10, Yee 9, Custodio 8, Raymundo 2, Robles 2, Terso 2, Albo 1, Desabile 0, Lamocha 0, Bonleon 0, Gaco 0.
Binan-Luxxe White 66 – Mendoza 18, Villanueva 9, Neypes 8, Castañares 8, Acosta 7, Mangahas A. 5, Rosale 3, Justiniani 3, Adorio 2, Parala 2, Stevens 1, Anonuevo 0, Mangahas A. 0, Bautista 0.
Quarterscores: 15-12, 38-22, 48-43, 72-66.
Story by Justin Valencia
Photo by Thel Suliva