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CDO, Davao Occidental set up PSL finals date

Eman Calo showed again his leadership for the Tigers. PSL
By Dugout Philippines 

ROXAS, Zamboanga Del Norte–It's going to be the Cagayan De Oro versus Davao Occidental in the finals of the Pilipinas Super League Pearl of the Orient Cup Finals.

Both teams completed their respective sweeps of their best-of-three semifinals following their Game 2 wins on Wednesday night at the Manuel A. Roxas Sports Complex here.

The Higalas first booked their place in the championship round after eliminating the Roxas Vanguards with an 82-80 overtime win.

Cagayan De Oro broke free within the last two and a half minutes of the game through a 9-2 run that gave the team an 81-76 lead with 1:27 remaining.

Roxas still tried to pull a comeback as Phapart Mandreza and Oliver De Guzman scored back-to-back baskets, their only two points in the game, respectively, to cut the lead down to one, 81-80 with 51 seconds left, but the team could not wrest the lead away from Cagayan De Oro.

John Saycon kept the door open for the Vanguards as he only made a split from the free-throw line, but with no timeouts left, Justin Serrano was forced to go for a desperation heave from way out that missed the target as time expired.

While not as impressive as their 72-64 Game 1 win on Tuesday night, the third-seeded Higalas succeeded in stunning the second-seeded Vanguards with the Game 2 victory.

Red Cachuela and Aaron Royo each scored 14 points for Cagayan De Oro as they led the bench mob's takeover of Game 2.

Jeric Nacpil finished with 24 markers, seven rebounds, and two steals for Roxas.

Meanwhile, Davao Occidental set up its finals showdown against Cagayan De Oro with a 70-55 Game 2 win against Basilan - BRT in the nightcap.

While the result was similar to its 74-55 Game 1 domination on Tuesday night, Davao Occidental actually started Game 2 slow as Basilan held them to just eight first-quarter points.

It was all Davao Occidental from thereon as they outscored Basilan, 25-11, in the second quarter to set up the blowout.

Eman Calo led Davao Occidental with 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Keith Agovida added 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and one block.

Yves Sazon led Basilan with 18 points, three rebounds, and one assist.

Meanwhile, the finals of the U21 Aspirants Division Invitational Cup began also on Tuesday with the Consolacion Sarok Weavers beating the Roxas Vanguards, 80-66.

Having a one-day rest after quickly deposing the Cagayan De Oro Kingfishers in just one game in the semifinals, the Sarok Weavers slowly but surely pulled away from the Vanguards, who needed an extra game to eliminate the upset-seeking Bukidnon Cowboys in their own semifinal tie, to take the best-of-three series opener.

John Dalumpines led Consolacion with 14 points, three rebounds, four assists, and four steals, while Rovello Robles added 13 points, two rebounds, and one block in a game where conference Most Valuable Player Gyle Montano was held to just two points on 1-of-11 shooting.

Dalumpines and Robles each went 6-for-8 from the field.

The team can sweep the finals in Game 2 on Thursday night.

Eljohn Lacaya's 29-point blast on top of six rebounds, one assist, and one steal went down the drain as Roxas needs to take Game 2 to stay alive in the finals.

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