Manila survives Pasay; Davao Occi outplays host Iloilo

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PASSI CITY — Mark Yee and the rest of the Davao Occidental Tigers came out business as usual and played like conquerors here Saturday night in the MPBL Lakan Season following a convincing 89-76 win at the City of Passi Arena.

It was the sixth straight victory of the Cocolife-backed Tigers, the hottest team in the tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

Davao Occidental improved its win-loss record to 16-2 and kept a hold of the solo lead in the southern division of the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league in the country.

Yee, the grizzled veteran, who nearly won the MVP award last season, came out with yet another solid game. He finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds and his presence on both ends of the court was clearly felt both by the Tigers and the opposing squad.

Iloilo lost for the second time at home and its latest setback dropped the team to 9-7.

Earlier, Manila outlasted Pasay, 73-72, to get back on the winning track.

The Stars held their rivals to just a field goal in the last three minutes before escaping with the win, putting them back in a tie for second to third places with idle Makati Super Crunch in the tough northern division at 14-3.

Pasay absorbed their seventh loss in 19 games but remained at fifth spot.