MPBL: Mark Yee falls short on milestone, but succeeds in keeping Davao Occidental from winning

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MARK Yee missed a rebound away from achieving yet another milestone, but that didn’t stop him and the rest of the Davao Occidental Tigers to come up with an 85-74 win over Bacolod-Master Sardines in the MPBL Lakan Season Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The veteran forward, who ended up as runner-up in last season’s MVP derby, posted another double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds. One more board and he will become only the second player after Harold Arboleda to register at least 500 points and 500 rebounds in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

Yee’s dominance up front typified the Cocolife-backed Tigers’ domination over Bacolod.

Davao Occidental, the reigning southern division champion, shot 48.5-percent from the field (33-of-68) and grabbed 51 rebounds, 15 more than its counterpart.

The Tigers led from start to finish, posting leads by as many as 20, 73-53, in the early part of the fourth period off a three-point basket by James Forrester.

Forrester, a PBA journeyman, tallied 16 points, his most productive output since playing this season.

Also contributing heavily was Marco Balagtas, who knocked in 16 markers while Billy Robles also had a double-double showing of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who improved their win-loss record to 5-1 and gained a share of the lead with the Bacoor Strikers in the southern division of this tournament.

Bacolod absorbed its fourth loss in six matches.

“I’m still trying to figure out the identity of our team,” Davao Occidental coach Don Dula told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview. “The style we played last year, is different now, including the personnel we have.”

“Offensively, we’re more flexible. We’re a lot better than last year. But defensively, we’ll get it in time and get them on the things that we wanted them to do,” added Dulay.

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