With the San Juan Knights bearing down on them in Game Four of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) national finals, Cebuano guard Emman Calo could not help but think if this was going to be déjà vu for the Davao Occidental Tigers.
With that thought in mind, the 6-foot spitfire guard out of the University of the Visayas poured out everything he had to help the Tigers defeat the Knights, 89-88, and capture the championship in the MPBL Lakan season last Sunday at the Subic Bay Convention Center.
It wasn’t too long ago that the Tigers suffered the misery of losing Game Five of the national finals on their own floor. Ranged against this very same San Juan squad, Davao Occidental lost, 86-87, to give the MPBL Datu Cup crown to the Knights.
“Naa sa hunahuna nako ato nga kailangan lang jud mudaug mi sa Game 4 kay di na mi gusto maparehas pa sa last namu sa championship. Mao need jud namu e-claim ang kadaugan,” shared Calo in a talk with SunStar Cebu. “Gibuhos na namo tanan sa Game 4 para makuha lang jud ang championship title.”
Calo led the Tigers in scoring with 22 points to go with two rebounds, an assist and two steals.
Calo relayed that it has been a tough few weeks for him, having to stay inside the MPBL bubble but all the sacrifices eventually panned out with the championship in the Tigers’ lair.
“Sobra sobra ang kalipay namo. Worth it tanang sakripisyo namu and mapasalamaton kaayo mi sa Ginoo nga gihatag jud namu ang championship,” added Calo.
Although Calo is listed on the roster of the ARQ Builders-Lapu-Lapu Heroes in the upcoming Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, he said he isn’t sure he will participate since he doesn’t want to compromise his eligibility in the MPBL by turning pro. For now, he just wants to go home to his family and rest up with the next MPBL season slated to tip off in June.
“Siguro family time sa ko ron. Need rest akong lawas and gusto naku e-spend akung time sa akong pamilya.” (JNP)