Reigning southern division champion Davao Occidental bucked a slow start to beat expansion team SOCCSKSARGEN, 104-75, in the MPBL Lakan Season Monday night 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 this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Davao Occidental now moved up to a share with the lead with Bacoor in the southern division with similar 6-1 win-loss records.
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.
Also winning Monday were host team Navotas and General Santos City.
In their comeback game, the Navotas Clutch didn’t disappoint as they trounced the Nueva Ecija cagers, 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.
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.