Hard work has always been the foundation of the Davao Occidental Tigers’ success in the MPBL Datu Cup. It was one of the reasons why the team had picked up one of the longest winning runs in the tournament.
At one point this season, the Cocolife-backed Tigers were able to shake off an alarming skid and put on a winning run far from what they’ve imagined. They won 13 games in a row and that catapulted the squad to the No.1 seed of the southern division of this tournament.
“I never expected us to go as far as where we’re at right now,” head coach Don Dulay told FOX PH. “But the guys were really working so hard that they kept on believing we can achieve more and that led us to where we are now —the No.1 seed.”
But despite their current status, Davao Occidental never stopped from achieving more success.
The team continued to work hard at practice even though they’re still uncertain on who to face in the playoffs.
“We still don’t know who are we going to face, so we prepared for both Imus and Cebu,” said Bong Baribar, team manager of Davao Occidental.
If Imus wins its last elimination round game game against Mandaluyong, the team will end up tied for seventh to eighth places with Cebu at 11-14. Should that happen, the Bandera will end up finishing No. 7 because of the win over the other rule.
What’s more impressive was the attitude displayed by the Tigers, who still went all out to get the win against the Muntinlupa Cagers last Wednesday night, even though the game was already a no bearing contest for them.
“That’s attitude. I have to give credit to the guys for showing that winning mentality even though we’re already No.1,” added Dulay.
Now given ample time to rest, Dulay vowed the team won’t slow down in its preparations regardless of which team it would face.