Bataan and Manila set up a Final Four showdown in the northern division of the MPBL Datu Cup Wednesday night at the San Andres Gym in Manila.
The Bataan Risers dumped the Caloocan Supremos, 83-71, to complete a sweep of their quarterfinal series – thanks to solid all-around game from Richard Escoto.
The former FEU standout tallied 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Risers to the next round.
Also making key contributions were Gab Dagangon, who chipped 15 points, including three triples, while Gary David and Alfred Batino each had 13 markers for the Risers.
Bataan will face Manila, a 92-83 winner over Bulacan, in the other game.
With three players ending up with a double-double performance, the Robust Energy Capsule-backed Stars were able to sweep the Mighty Sports-supported Kuyas, who bowed out of the quarterfinals for the second straight season.
Aris Dionisio tallied 17 points and 12 rebounds, ex-pro Marvin Hayes had 16 markers on top of 10 boards while promising Mark Cruz had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Stars big men outplayed their counterparts.