Davao Occidental Tigers opened the 2019 MPBL Season 3 Lakan Cup with a huge win against Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines, 84-82, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday night, June 12.
With the game tied at 82-all, Chester Saldua gave the Tigers the lead with putback on Mark Yee missed. While on the defensive side, Billy Robles blocked the possible game-tying layup of Med Salim to protect the Davao Occidental's lead in the closing seconds of the final period.
Zamboanga still had the chance to tie the score or win the game, but Raffy Reyes failed to convert his two jump shots as time expired.
Saldua finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Robles, the best player of the game, had 14 points and seven boards.
Harold Arboleda wound up with a near triple-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Zamboanga side. Leo De Vera contributed double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in losing effort.
DAVAO OCCIDENTAL 84 - Saldua 15, Robles 14, Balagtas 12, Ludovice 11, Calo 8, Albo 8, Terso 7, Custodio 4, Raymundo 3, Yee 2, Forrester 0, Mocon 0.
ZAMBOANGA 82 - Arboleda 24, de Vera 15, Sali 12, Reyes 11, Juntila 10, Nalos 6, Cudal 2, Costelo 2, Santos 0, Jumao-as 0, Rono 0, Ignacio 0.
Quarter Scores: 20-17, 32-36, 58-52, 84-82.