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Davao Occidental Tigers-Cocolife and AICC Manila tightened their grip on the top spot after beating their rivals in the FilBasket Subic Championship at the Subic Gym Thursday.

Davao Occidental edged the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors, 68-66, while AICC Manila downed 7A Primus, 117-108, for their fourth wins in five matches.

Aldwin Alday and Gab Dagangon posted 14 and 12 points for the Tigers, who recovered from a 55-43 third-quarter deficit by outscoring the Realtors in the final period, 25-11.

John Wilson drained a jumper to tie the game at 66-all with 36 seconds left, before Billy Ray Robles completed two freethrows off a foul from Jeckster Alipan in the last three ticks to seal Davao’s win.

Pasig Sta. Lucia fell to 1-3 despite the efforts of Jerald Bautista and Cedrick Ablaza, who finished with 21 and 18 points.

AICC Manila, meanwhile, torched the basket after six players scored in twin figures.

Michael Mabulac and Jessie James Colado led with 23 and 17 points, Hesed Gabo added 15 points, Chris Bitoon and Michael Juico chipped in 12 points each, and Philip Manalang contributed 11 points.

AICC Manila was trailing 66-61 at the half, but waxed hot with 35 points in the third period to grab the 96-88 upperhand.

Joseph Marquez and Marc Paolo Javillonar teamed up with 35 points in a losing effort for 7A Primus, who slipped to 2-3.

In the other match, the Nueva Ecija Bespren outplayed the Muntinlupa Defenders, 96-91, to improve to 3-2.

Renz Palma posted 19 points, 11 rebounds and six steals while Mark Cruz had 18 points and 17 boards for Nueva Ecija, who led by as many as 21 points late in the third period.

Muntinlupa absorbed its fourth straight loss despite Marvin Curitana’s 29-point output.

Source: Manila Bulletin (