MPBL 2018 DATU CUP: Dvo Occidental Tigers nip Val Cheesedogs, 92-85; earns 2nd spot

Davao City–Playing in front of its local crowd for the first time, Davao Occidental Tigers did not disappoint its fans pulling off a 92-85 win over the visiting Valenzuela Idol Cheesedogs, Thursday night to earn second place in the Southern Division of the 2018 MBPL Datu Cup.

The victory earned them its 5-3 win-loss card which now solo trails leader Muntinlupa Cagers (5-0). Prior to its first-ever hometown match-up, the Tigers were caught in a logjam at second along with the Paranaque Patriots, Bacoor Strikers and Zamboanga Valientes.

Reliable guards Billy Robles and Bonbon Custodio led the Tigers charge with 21 and 18 points, respectively backed by the troika of veterans Leo Najorda and Mark Lee along with local boy Miko Estrellante who had 13 points each.

Despite trailing in three quarters, Valenzuela got its first taste of the lead, 63-62 behind beanpole Floyd Dedicatoria before the Tigers troika of Najorda, Custodio and Estrellante ignited a 7-2 run that had them the upper hand and never looked back, 74-68.

Dedictatoria with Chris de Chavez finished with 15 points each for the Cheesedogs while Reneford Ruaya added 13 on a losing effort. Also contributing for Chris Gavina’s Cheesedogs’ side were Rocky Acidre, former UE Red Warrior and ex-pro Paolo Hubalde and Kido Cabrera who each had 12.

The Tigers under Don Dulay scored 73 percent in the paint compared to the Cheesedogs’ 53 percent while they had more second chance points 18-10 including fastbreak points against Valenzuela at 13-10.
Their next assignment will be on September 19 next to the Pasay Voyagers at the Cuneta Astrodome.

DVO OCC (92) Robles 21, Custodio 18, Yee 13, Najorda 13, Estrellante 13, Medalla 4, Regalado 3, Ombecan 2, Paller Jr. 1
VAL (85) Dedicatoria 15, Chris de Chavez 15, Ruaya 13, Acidre 12, Hubalde 12, Cabrera 12, Ortega 3, Carlo de Chavez 2, De Guzman 1

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