BASKETBALL: Davao edges Digos in Battle of the Executives

GO PUMPS 35 POINTS

GO BONG

The Davao City Executives turned back Digos City Executives, 97 – 84, in a friendly basketball match on Monday at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

Christopher “Bong” Go put a brilliant game finishing with double-double as the sweet-shooting guard pumped in 35 points on top of 10 assists to lead the way for the Davao Executives.

Go, the executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, was on fire right from the opening tip, erupting for 17 with baskets from different variety- floaters, fall-away and   pull-up jumpers, running jump shots and from behind the arc.

Davao Executives wrapped up the first period with a 16 points lead, 35 – 19, and dictated the tempo of the match en route to victory.

Glen Escandor backed him up with 13 points as Gil Ciudadano joined the scoring bash with 12.

Digos Executives displayed their wares by mounting a big fightback in the second period with tough plays from Cabrera, Navarro and Manalang that cut the deficit to single digit late in the period.

But the Davao Executives regrouped superbly with Go came out firing on all cylinders in the third canto to push the lead back.

By the time the third period ended, the Davao Executives were leading by 18, 78 – 60, and were never threatened anymore the rest of the way.

Cabrera paced with 22 for the Digos Executive squad led by Mayor Joseph Peñas, Digos City Hall department heads, chief of police from various Digos police precincts and personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection

Manalang and Navarro finished the game 13 and 10 points respectively.

Next friendly game is set on September 8 in Digos City. (Rico Biliran)

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