Christopher “Bong” Go was on fire as the City Mayor’s Office trounced Police Regional Office-XI, 99 – 85, in their battle for third encounter in the Mayor Rody Duterte and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte – 12th AFP-PNP Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 20, at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.
The sweet-shooting trusted aid of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte left PRO defense dazed and confused most of the time with his variety of plays that turned out to be the game’s deciding factor.
CMO was dictating the tempo of the match right from the opening tip en route to third place clinching victory.
Weng Farochillen played the major supporting role for CMO as the bulky big man stamped his might at the paint to finish the game with 21 points.
PRO tried to slow down the hot-shooting Go and the streaking late in the second period by employing a man-to-man defense but went unsuccessful that kept the Policemen at bay most of the final half.
Lester Normandia and Edwin Awitin paced with 21 points apiece for the PRO.
Roy Bangkas and John Bonleon chipped in 13 points each for the CMO which lost to Davao City Police Office in the semifinal round. PRO bowed down to defending champion Bureau of Fire Protection.
BFP and DCPO will begin their best of three final series on December 27. (Rico Biliran)
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BFP, DCPO arrange AFP-PNP hoopfest title clash
Defending champion Bureau of Fire Protection and Davao City Police Office defeated their respective semifinal foes to arrange a titular showdown in the Mayor Rody Duterte and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte – 12th AFP-PNP Basketball Tournament.
The Firemen booked the first ticket to the finals by drubbing Police Regional Office-XI, 80 – 70, on Monday Drcrmbrt 15, at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym. DCPO followed the feat on December 16, with an 88 – 77 decision over the City Mayor’s Office.
DCPO dictated the game all throughout as the Policemen entered the finals with great resolve of ending a long title drought.
Jerry Tugade fired 19 points to lead the charge for the DCPO which got 13 from Marlon Cabanog and 12 from Rob Palomares.
Christopher “Bong” Go put up 30 points but the effort was still not good enough to lift CMO as he fell flat to get support from the rest.
Despite coming out big marked with the 11 points Go, CMO still trailed by 10, 31-21, at the end of the first period.
DCPO maintained the lead at the half, 51 – 40, and the Policemen never trailed the rest of the way.
The Firemen leaned on to Jan Lumogda to get a crack of defending its title which they won for the first time last year
Lumogda tossed up 26 points on top of all around intangible plays in both ends of the floor that kept the Firemen bustling. Robert Namuag added 17.
Philip Cuizon paced with 15 points for the PRO.