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Navotas Clutch return home with a bang, Davao Occidental, Gen San continue winning ways


Reigning Southern king Davao Occidental had a slow start but poured its might in the final period to put away expansion team SOCCSKSARGEN, 104-75, in the 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Cup, Monday evening at the Navotas Sports Complex.

The Cocolife-backed Tigers outscored the Marlins, 36-13, in the final period on their way to scoring their fourth consecutive win in the tournament.

Davao Occidental moved up to a share with the lead with Bacoor in the southern division as they both carry a 6-1 win-loss record.

Mark Yee had another double-double showing, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds. It was his 25th double-double performance since joining the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league.

But the veteran forward had a more significant feat which he recorded earlier in the 4:38 mark of the first period as he pulled down a rebound that made him only the second player to register at least 500 rebounds and 500 points.

Also, winning Monday were host team Navotas and General Santos City.

The Clutch returned home since their last game was aborted when league officials declared the venue non-playable.

In their comeback game, Navotas didn’t disappoint its local folks as it easily whipped Nueva Ecija, 125-97.

Navotas did it in a record-breaking fashion as the Clutch posted the best ever output produced by any team. The squad erased the 120-point production it set in last season’s Datu Cup. The Clutch also hit 55.2-percent from the field (42-of-61), also an all-time high made by any squad.

In posting its latest feat, Navotas drew a career-high 24 points from Jhong Bondoc, who hit a 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

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General Santos City picked up its third straight win under new coach Rich Alvarez as the Warriors held off a late rally by Mindoro, 88-80.

The Warriors improved their win-loss record to 6-2 and climbed to solo third in the Southern Division.

The Scores:

First Game:

Davao Occidental 104 – Bonleon 22, Yee 10, Ludovice 10, Balagtas 10, Terso 9, Saldua 8, Raymundo 7, Mocon 6, Albo 5, Adormeo 3, Calo 3, Dumagan 2, Custodio 1.

SOCCSKSARGEN 75 – Estrallante 18, Gonzales 8, Espinosa 8, Juanico 7, Bernabe 7, Saquillo 6, Diwa 5, Regalado 5, Nocos 3, Biteng 2, Maurillo 0, Retaga 0, Santos 0.

Quarterscores: 17-20, 41-40,68-62, 104-75.

Second Game:

General Santos 88 – Masaglang 23, Raymundo 15, Celiz 11, Williams 10, Orbeta 9, Landicho 6, Goloran 5, Basco 5, Mahaling 4, Carlos 0, Foronda 0, Baltazar 0, Bautista 0, Cabanag 0.

Mindoro 80 – Vaygan 16, Bangeles 16, Baracael 12, Ilarde 9, Cinco 8, Cenal 4, Camacho 4, Saret 3, Astrero 3, Bolos 2, Mandreza 2, Albanes 1, Aspiras 0, Natada 0, Matias 0.

Quarterscores: 26-15, 50-35, 67-62, 88-80.

Third Game:

Navotas 125 Bondoc 24, Cabahug 18, Abdurasad 13, Evangelista 13, Munsayac 12, Roy 8, Andaya 7, Soriano 7, Buenafe 6, Penaflor 5, Mamaclay 4, Escobal 4, Meca 2, Quiro 2.

Nueva Ecija 97 – Cawaling 22, Reyes 13, Monte 12, Dela Cruz 10, Gaco 9, Aquino 8, Gozum 7, Chua 7, Celada 4, Santos 2, Armenion 2, Acibar 1, Singson 0, Tadeo 0, Sarao 0.

Quarterscores: 26-18, 61-41, 89-69, 125-97.

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