CEBUANO guard Eman Calo came up with two crucial plays on both ends of the floor that proved critical in giving the Davao Occidental Tigers a thrilling 85-83 win over the hard-fighting Marikina in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
Trailing by five with 1:17 left after back-to-back triples by Von Tambeling and Yves Sazon, Davao Occidental came back with a 6-0 counter courtesy of Mark Yee and Yvan Ludovice, 82-81. Then Tambeling took matters into his own hands, driving to the hoop off an isolation play to put Marikina back ahead, 83-82.
However, Calo had the last laugh as he corralled a loose ball, stepped back behind the three-point arc and hit an off-balance triple to give the Tigers an 85-83. With one final chance to tie or win the game, Sazon took a corner triple but Calo blocked the attempt to ice the victory. Joseph Terso drained 13 points while Ludovice, Yee and Calo had 11 apiece.
Davao will enter the post-season as the top seed with a 26-4 slate.
Meanwhile, GenSan-Burlington clinched the last playoff berth in the South after devouring lowly Sarangani, 104-87. The Warriors arrested their four-game slide and improved to 17-12, good for the seventh spot in the Southern division. (JNP)