Calo paces Davao in finals opener

Cebuano Eman Calo was the lone bright spot on offense in a game that sorely lacked it as the Davao Occidental Tigers vanquished the Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines, 47-28, to draw first blood in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan best-of-three semifinals at the RMC Petrogazz Arena in Davao City on Monday night, March 2, 2020.

The Tigers’ defense put the clamps on Zamboanga, limiting them to single digits in the first, second and fourth quarters with five, six, and five points, respectively.

Up by just eight in the fourth period with 8:17 left, 35-27, Davao held its foes to just a point in the remainder of the game while scoring 12 to settle the final score.

The game was full of records for futility in scoring. The two teams made history as the least combined points in a game with just 75, surpassing the 92 points of Marikina and Cebu in Datu Cup.

The Family's Brand Sardines also recorded the least points in a game by a team with 28, 14 less over the 42 of Marikina.

Together with Davao, they built a new record for the least points combined in a half with just 30, 19-11.

Calo — the product of the University of the Visayas — was the lone scorer in double-figures with 12 points on top of seven rebounds and two steals.

Billy Ray Robles had eight markers, six boards, and three assists while Ken Mocon added seven.

Another UV alumnus, Leonard Santillan, paced Zamboanga with eight points on 2-of-11 shooting and eight rebounds.

Poor was Zamboanga's shooting clip, converting only eight shots in 60 attempts, good for just 13.3 percent.

Davao seeks to advance to the South Division finals on Friday, March 6, at the Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite.

The Scores:

Davao Occidental-Cocolife 47 - Calo 12, Robles 8, Mocon 7, Balagtas 5, Terso 5, Albo 3, Custodio 2, Raymundo 2, Gaco 2, Saldua 1, Dumagan 0, Adormeo 0.

Zamboanga-Family's Brand Sardines 28 - Santillan 8, De Vera 5, Pasaol 4, Roño 4, Asistio 3, Ignacio 2, Arboleda 2, Thiele 0, Black 0, Morido 0, Argamino 0, Villamor 0, Reyes 0, Bonsubre 0.

Quarterscores: 11-5, 19-11, 35-23, 47-28. (JNP)