Yee makes sure Davao Occ. evens MPBL Finals vs San Juan

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 13, 2019 05:51 PM
Yee makes sure Davao Occ. evens MPBL Finals vs San Juan
The MPBL Datu Cup National Finals shifts to San Juan with the series all even at 1-all

Mark Yee started strong, Billy Ray Robles finished fine, and Davao Occidental now stands on level ground with San Juan in the MPBL Datu Cup National Finals following a thrilling 67-60 Game 2 triumph over San Juan, Saturday at Davao City Recreation Center.

Yee, one of two favorites for tournament MVP, pounded in a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double on top of five assists and four blocks to power the home team Tigers in tying the best-of-five championship round at one win apiece.

It was also the 10-year PBA veteran who sparked their 5-0 run to end the first half, turning a three-point edge to a 37-29 lead at halftime.

Alongside him in that spurt was Robles who had back-to-back hits as well as a split from the stripe. In just 84 seconds, he improved upon his four-point outing in the series opener.

The 6-foot swingman would not stop in the third, scoring five straight in a 12-5 rush that blew up an eight-point lead to a 53-38 advantage at the three-minute mark of the quarter.

The Knights charged back to 54-57 inside the last three minutes, but Davao Occidental, buoyed by its home crowd, went to Robles and Yee for a 9-3 finishing kick.

In the end of this one, Robles had 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals while the point guard pair of Joseph Terso and Bonbon Custodio chipped in eight and seven markers, respectively.

They now head to San Juan for Games 3 and 4 at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

For the Knights, Mike Ayonayon topped the scoring column with 17 points. John Wilson and Mac Cardona, who led them to victory the last time around, were limited to just four and eight markers, respectively.

BOX SCORES

DAVAO OCCIDENTAL 67 - Robles 17, Yee 16, Terso 8, Custodio 7, Raymundo 6, Calo 6, Najorda 5, Medalla 2, Lamocha 0, Regalado 0

SAN JUAN 60 - Ayonayon 17, Rodriguez 11, Cardona 8, Aquino 6, Muyang 5, Wilson 4, Jeruta 3, Pelayo 3, Isit 2, Clarito 1, Tajonera 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-13, 37-29, 53-40, 67-60

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