Firemen retains AFP-PNP title

BY RICO BILIRAN

 Bureau of Fire Protection completed a sweep over Davao City Police Office in their best of three final series with a 98 – 89 Game 2 win to clinch the Mayor Rody Duterte and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte – 12th AFP-PNP Basketball Tournament title at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras before New year’s eve.

     Athletic-forward Jan Lumogda once again led the way for the Firemen who successfully retained the title despite an unpleasant start compared to the previous season.

BFP was the only second team to defend a title next to the City Mayor’s Office (with the Vice Mayor’s Office team), which won unprecedented 3-peat, in the last eight years of the league.

     Lumogda, who won the 2013 MVP plum on his rookie year, came through with 29 points, 14 of those came in the first half that helped the Firemen dictated the tempo of the game.

     BFP jumped to early 14 points lead, 27 – 13, at the end of the opening canto and the Firemen never trailed all the way to title clinching victory.

     DCPO staged a big fight back in the fourth period, cutting the double digit lead to 6, 90 – 84, under three minutes of the match.

     But a Robert Namuag undergoal stab that halted the run and a couple of errors shut the lights out for the Policemen.

     Robinson Palomares took charge for DCPO in the final stretch with 10 of his total 21 came in the fourth period. Estong Ugnap scored 17.

Namuag and Bayon-on made 17 and 14 respectively for the Firemen who drubbed the Policemen, 105 – 84, in Game 1.

DCPO was also swept by then VMO team in their last finals appearance  2012 season best of three final series that capped the rare 3-peat.

     After placing third on that season, BFP struck for two straight championships with a retooled line up highlighted with the entry of Lumogda who came from the AMA Computer College senior’s varsity. (Rico Biliran)

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SPITFIRE. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go of the City Mayor’s Office fired 51 points with 11 three pointers to lead the team of City Mayor Rody Duterte over Everball Columbia Computer Center, 113-72 in their inaugural basketball friendly series held Friday night at the Almendras gym. (Photo by BOY LIM) 

Go take charge anew as CMO takes 2-0 lead

Christopher “Bong” Go came up big once again as the City Mayor’s Office blasted Everball Columbia Computer Center, 102 – 82, in Game 2 of their 2015 Basketball Friendly Series at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym on Saturday night, January 3.

Go delivered a barrage of raining three pointers from all angles to propel CMO to a 2 – 0 series lead.

     The sweet-shooting aide of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte finished the game with 43 points, accounting nine baskets from behind the arc that mostly came over the outstretched arms of an Everball Columbia defenders.

     After a tight opening period, the City Hall went into scoring spree in the second frame to grab a commanding edge that peep CMO to take another dominating win.

     Everball Columbia continued to play below par as a team in the final half as CMO never threatened the rest of the way.

Macarandan scored team-best 18 points as leading-scorer Rico Kwan Tiu tossed 17 for Everball Columbia. Mcatabog had 16.

     Joel Aberilla contributed significantly for CMO with 14 points so did Warren Cloribel and Rhodelio Poliquit who had 13 and 10 points respectively.

     Go, who had 51 points in Game 1, was two triples shy of tying his season opening game output of 11 treys that towed CMO to a 113-72 decision.

     CMO won six straight games before Everball Columbia managed to score its first win last season. (Rico Biliran)

Box scores:

CMO – 102 – GO 43, ABERILLA 14, CLORIBEL 13, POLIQUIT 10, LABOR 6, FLORES 6, REYES 4, SUMAGANG 4, PELOTON 2, APOSTOL 0, ROSAL 0.

EVERBALL COLUMBIA – 82 – MACARANDAN 18, KWAN TIU 17, MACATABOG 16, MALIGRO 10, MENDING 6, ANGSINCO 6, SUAREZ 4, BAMBI 4, CABALLERO I 1, DEVEZA 0, CABALLERO J 0. 

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