‘Payback’ as Davao Occidental wins MPBL nationwide title, tops San Juan in OT


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MANILA, Philippines — Mark Yee sank the game-winning triple to carry Davao Occidental-Cocolife to an 89-88 Recreation 4 win over San Juan-Go for Gold within the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball Lakan Nationwide Finals Sunday at Subic Bay Gymnasium.

The Tigers, runners-up to San Juan within the Datu Cup in 2019, exacted revenge towards the Knights.

“Payback. It’s a lot sweeter as a result of we acquired it again from San Juan. We had been so shut final time and it was heartbreaking as a corporation,” mentioned Tigers head coach Ron Dulay, who was named Coach of the Yr.

Tied at 86 in additional time, Larry Rodriguez adopted up a Jhonard Clarito miss that gave the Knights an 88-86 lead with 1:07 to play.

Joseph Terso had the golden alternative to tie the sport from the stripe however he blew his probabilities. Luckily for Davao Occidental, the Tigers regained possession after an offensive foul was referred to as on Rodriguez paving the way in which for Yee’s heroics.

Yee drained the championship-clinching basket from the left wing with 13.4 seconds remaining.

He completed with 19 factors, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks and was named Finals MVP in addition to Defensive Participant of the Yr.

Emman Calo led Davao Occidental’s offense with 22 factors whereas Terso and Billy Robles had 11 factors apiece.

CJ Isit completed with a 14-point, 10-assist double-double for the Knights.

San Juan ahead John Wilson was named season MVP of the event with teammate Mike Ayonayon becoming a member of him within the All-MPBL First group together with Pasig-Sta. Lucia’s Jeric Teng, Yee, and Makati-Tremendous Crunch’s Jeckster Apinan.

The All-MPBL second group consists of Datu Cup MVP Gab Banal, Manila-Frontrow’s tandem of Chris Bitoon and Aris Dionisio, GenSan-Burlington’s Pamboy Raymundo and Pasay’s Dhon Reverente.

Nueva Ecija proprietor Bong Cuevas was named Govt of the Yr after he helped arrange the MPBL bubble in Subic with league sponsor Chooks to Go.

Robles, in the meantime, was given the Sportsmanship award.

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