PRO XI wins RRD-SZD/AFP-PNP cage title

The Police Regional Office XI did not slow down in the fourth quarter to clinch Game 3 against the City Mayor’s Office, 79-73 en route to winning the Mayor Rody Duterte and Vice Mayor Sara Duterte/AFP-PNP Basketball Tournament crown, Thursday, at the Davao City Recreation Center

Rob Palomares and Anthony Padua led the scoring charge in the last canto to seal the victory against CMO of Bong Go who could no longer find the winning formula as their guns cooled down in the dying minutes.

Ariel Bonleon missed a three-point attempt that could have tied the game at 76-all in the last 25 seconds and Cadel Mosqueda fouled Padua who converted two free throws, 78-73 with 21 seconds left.

And time was no longer on CMO’s side.

Go and Roy Bangkas combined for 20 points in the first quarter but they could no longer find their range in the final half. Go could only muster eight points and seven from Bangkas.

The boys of team captain Ronald dela Rosa blasted in the final minutes, kept on running

and continued to dominate the rebounding department.

“We followed our game plan. CMO’s strength is in the first half and when we saw that they were slowing down in the final half, we did our job to keep on running,scoring and rebounding,” said dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa made no mistake when he kept on calling Dominic delos Reyes as MVP when organizers awarded the pointguard the most valuable player award.

“Mo dala man gud siya sa dula, so MVP siya,” he said.

The scores:

PRO XI (79)- Rob Palomares 22 points, Simbulas 16, Padua 13, Awitin 8, Tugade 8, Ong 4, Rabanes 3, delos Reyes 3, Josol 2, Jaca 0, Coronel 0, Zozobrado 0, Gaffud 0, dela Rosa 0.

CMO (73)- Bong Go 22, Bangkas 18, Mosqueda 12, Braga 9, Gadiano 6, Bonleon 2, Mondigo 2, Escoton 2, Labor 0, Pastor 0, Escorido 0, Alquizar 0, Aleman 0, Duremdes 0.

Scores per quarter: 16-22, 17-23, 26-18, 20-10

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