DAVAO Occidental Tigers made their presence felt quickly by winning the preseason championship three weeks ago in Polomolok, South Cotabato, but they’re not done yet with their build up in time for the new season of the MPBL.
After snaring two-time PBA champion Leo Najorda, the Tigers worked double time to catch another prey a day before the deadline of submission of the line up and team was able to lure ex-pros Bonbon Custodio and Mark Yee.
Custodio and Yee were among the big names submitted in the 20-man roster of the Tigers, installing them among the strong favorites in the fastest growing regional basketball event put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao and with PBA legend Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
The 5-foot-10 Custodio flirted with teams like Team Rizal and Pasig, but decided at the last minute to join the Tigers, who also have two more ex-pros in Billy Robles and Bogs Raymundo and a solid cast of homegrown and local players.
Aside from the ex-pros who are heading the squad, the Don Dulay-mentored team also has Fil-foreign player Alex Asis, who previously suited up with the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment.
Also in the team are Bob Clo Ombecan, Manuelito Osabel, Leo Paller, Louie Medalla, Jerold Cabanog, Joseph Terso, Paul John Siarot, Emanuel Calo, Ronald Lamocha, Arnold Adormeo, James Regalado, Miko Estrellante, Mario Leonida, and Edrian Lao.