Davao Occidental Dreamers crowned Mindanao champions in PSL 21-Under

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The Davao Occidental Dreamers hung on to top the Bukidnon Cowboys, 79-76, in the decisive Game Three to nab the Mindanao title in the Pilipinas Super League 21-Under on Tuesday evening at the packed Cebu City Sports Institute in Sawang Calero.

The Dreamers seized the momentum in the third canto, as they took a 12-point lead to the final canto, 64-52. The Cowboys, though, persevered and slowly chipped away at the deficit to pull to within two, 76-78, after a three-pointer by Mindanao MVP Ivo Salarda with 10 seconds to go.

On Davao Occidental’s next possession, Reymark Narbasa was immediately fouled and split his free-throws for a 79-76 advantage. Bukidnon had one last gasp at tying the ballgame up but Raul Gentallan’s three-point attempt fell short, giving Davao Occidental the Game Three win and the championship.

Jude Bagay paced the Dreamers with 20 points and eight rebounds. Rainier Maga was also impressive, putting up 17 for Davao Occidental. Lawrence Angeles came off the bench and gave the Dreamers a spark with his 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal.

Salarda had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Bukidnon. He also made four three-pointers. Gentallan added 16 points and nine boards.