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MPBL: Davao Occidental pulls away in Q4 to pip Muntinlupa

Bambam Gamalinda had a solid game for red-hot Davao Occidental. MPBL
By Dugout Philippines

BATANGAS CITY--Davao Occidental hit its stride in the fourth quarter and battered Muntinlupa, 82-66, on Wednesday in the MPBL Sixth Season at the Batangas City Coliseum.

Barely ahead, 58-56, after three quarters, the Davao Occidental Tigers clustered 16 points to pull away en route to their third win in four starts in the round-robin elimination phase of the 29-team tournament.

Jun Manzo poured all of his six points while Biboy Enguio added five points, James Martinez drilled in a triple and Mark Sarangay chipped in two charities in that decisive spurt.

Martinez led the Tigers, the 2021 national champions, with 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, but it was Kenneth Ighalo who was chosen best player with 16 points and 4 rebounds.

Enguio wound up with 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Bambam Gamalinda added 9 points and 5 rebounds for the Tigers of Coach Manu Inigo.

Muntinlupa slumped to a 0-5 card as no Cager was able to score in double figures.

Warlo James Batac, Jasper Longalong, and Gabriel Capacio posted 9 points each for the Cagers.

Box Scores:

DAVAO OCCIDENTAL 82 - Martinez 18, Ighalo 16, Enguio 11, Gamalinda 9, Manzo 6, Arana 6, Sarangay 4, Bayla 4, Mancao 2, Tumalip 2, Cruz 2, Andrada 2, Simon 0, Olayon 0, Koga 0.

MUNTINLUPA 66 - Batac 9, Capacio 9, Longalong 9, Acidre 7, Sombero 6, Guiab 5, Marcos 5, De Leon 5, Cuevas 4, Gonzales 3, Magbuhos 2, Arenal 2, Cabeguin 0, Bongay 0, Davis 0.

Quarterscores: 15-17, 41-36, 58-56, 82-66

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