Davao, Zamboanga bolster playoff campaigns in MPBL Lakan Season

MPBL founder Senator Manny Pacquiao drives in for two during an MPBL exhibition game in Dubai. (Photo courtesy MPBL FB page)

MANILA, Philippines — Davao Occidental, Zamboanga, and Pampanga stretched their win runs Tuesday (Dec. 17) to further bolster their playoffs drive in the Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season at Bahayang Pag-asa Gym in Valenzuela City.

The Davao Occidental Tigers repulsed the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors, 75-71, to keep top spot in the South division and share the best record with North division pacesetter San Juan Knights at 20-3.

The Pampanga Giant Lanterns, on the other hand,  tripped the Pasay Voyagers, 75-65, to climb to 15-9 in the North while Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines trounced Valenzuela Carga backload Solution, 85-78, to rise to 15-10 in the South.

Meanwhile, in games Wednesday the Bulacan Kuyas nipped Batangas City Athletics, 82-81; as did Quezon City Capitals, 77-76, over Marikina Shoemasters while Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards defeated Paranaque Patriots, 85-81.

In games Thursday, Binan Luxxe White Krah prevailed over Caloocan Supremos, 72-68; and Bataan Risers triumphed over Basilan Steel, 91-83.

It was the fourth straight victory for Davao Occidental, the third in a row for Zamboanga, and the second consecutive for Pampanga, pushing all of them inside the top 8 of each division which will advance to the playoffs.

Their aim now is to make the top 4 and gain the homecourt advantage in the playoffs.

The Tigers met stiff resistance from the Realtors, who was still ahead (67-64) going to the last five minutes.

Showing why he’s among the leaders in the MVP race, Mark Yee tallied game-highs 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Cocolife-supported Tigers.

Yee was supported by Yvan Ludovice with 11 points and 5 rebounds and Bonbon Custodio with 10 points and 4 assists. (IAMIGO/CNS)

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