Former University of the Visayas standout Eman Calo waxed hot when Davao Occidental needed him the most as he spearheaded a strong second half surge to help the Tigers vanquish the Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort, 106-90, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup at the Batangas State University on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
Calo stepped up for the Tigers with 19 points, four assists, four rebounds, and three steals. More importantly, he connived with ace forward Mark Yee in the difference-making run that put them in front for good.
Entering the second half with just a four-point advantage, 47-43, the Tigers stepped on the gas and unleashed a 26-7 run behind Yee and Calo to put up a 26-point cushion, 73-50, with 3:01 remaining in the third frame.
The Tigers never let the Cagers reach striking distance as they led by as big as 28 points, 96-68, after Ronald Lamocha’s two free throws with 5:17 left in the final frame.
Yee led all scorers with 25 points on an efficient 10-of-11 shooting clip to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots, and a steal for the Cocolife-backed squad that now has a 23-4 standing, a game ahead second-running Bacoor in the South Division.
Muntinlupa ended its campaign with a 7-23 record.
Davao Occidental-Cocolife (106) – Yee 25, Calo 19, Mocon 11, Saldua 8, Forrester 8, Robles 7, Custodio 6, Lamocha 5, Balagtas 4, Raymundo 4, Terso 3, Bonleon 3, Adormeo 3, Albo 0
Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort (90) – Ylagan 22, Mag-isa 16, Rebugio 13, Moralde 11, Buenaflor 9, Salaveria 6, Enguio 4, Ortouste 3, Gonzales 3, Reyes 2, Pamulaklakin 1, Po 0
Quarterscores: 20-13, 47-43, 83-59, 106-90 (JNP)