Davao Occidental topples San Juan in Game 3, nears MPBL title

Mar 20, 2021


Davao Occidental moves on the cusp of winning the MPBL title and avenging its finals loss to defending champion San Juan last season

A win away from redemption.

The Davao Occidental Tigers moved on the cusp of ruling the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) with a 66-58 win over the San Juan Knights in Game 3 of the National Finals in Subic on Saturday, March 20.

Game 1 hero Billy Ray Robles delivered 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks as Davao Occidental averted a fourth-quarter meltdown to nail a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

Trailing by as many 14 points, San Juan clawed back into the game after shaving its deficit to a single possession, 53-56, early in the final quarter thanks to back-to-back John Wilson and Orlan Wamar triples.

But the Tigers – determined to avenge their finals loss to the defending champion Knights last season – restored order with two straight three-pointers from Joseph Terso and Kenneth Mocon.

Davao Occidental then only needed to keep its distance the rest of the way as San Juan only got to as close as 6 points since.

Mocon put up 11 points and 3 rebounds, Bonbon Custodio chalked up 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals, while Mark Yee added 7 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers.

Mike Ayonayon, who starred in the Knights’ Game 2 win, showed the way in the loss with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists off the bench.

However, Ayonayon lacked sufficient help from his teammates, with John Wilson the only other player to score in double figures with 12 points on top of 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

San Juan has little time to make adjustments as Davao Occidental tries to wrap up the series in Game 4 on Sunday, March 21.

The Scores
Davao Occidental 66 – Robles 13, Mocon 11, Custodio 10, Yee 7, Gaco 7, Ludovice 6, Calo 6, Terso 3, Saldua 2, Balagtas 1.

San Juan 58 – Ayonayon 16, Wilson 12, Wamar 8, Rodriguez 6, Clarito 5, Isit 5, Reyes 4, Pelayo 2, Estrella 0, Tajonera 0, Gabawan 0, Aquino 0, Marquez 0.

Quarters: 15-14, 41-27, 52-42, 66-58.

Source: Rappler

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