DAVAO CITY -- It will be a rematch between UAAP champion Far Eastern University-CMO-Royal Mandaya Hotel and CM Farm of Tagum in the winner-take-all final of the 2016 Kadayawan sa Dabaw basketball tournament at the Davao Sports and Recreation Center-Almendras gym.
FEU leaned on the troika of Ron Dennison, Jose Allen Trinidad and Raymar Jose to overpower MP Pacman, 75-64, for its second win in three matches in the short, four-team competition organized by the Duterte Basketball League and sponsored by Phoenix Petroleum.
Dennison scored nine of his team-high 19 points in the pivotal third quarter in a virtual scoring duel with veteran Leomer Losentes of MP Pacman that kept the fans to their feet -- and with smiles on their faces -- for most part of the game.
Trinidad added 12 points and Jose contributed 10 points for the Nash Racela-mentored Tamaraws, who are competing in this tournament as part of their preparations for the coming UAAP season next month.
Losentes, a veteran of commercial leagues in the Visayas and Mindanao, finished with 25 points.
His finest moment came in the fourth period when he hit four straight three-pointers, including one that bounced several times before finding the hole.
FEU's championship opponent will be elimination round tormentor CM Farm, which made it to the final despite dropping a close 90-98 decision to Davao champion Montana Pawnshop.
Actually, FEU, CM Farm and Montana finished with similar 2-1 win-loss records.
But CM Farm and FEU clinched the two finals berths by virtue of higher quotient scores.
Montana was relegated to the battle for third place against MP Pacman, which wound up winless during the eliminations.
Still, Montana earned a lot of respect with its gutsy performance anchored on American Leandry Sanjo, Epe Refuerzo, Rocky Clavel, Brian Mago and ex-pro Marlon Basco.
Sanjo finished with 17 points while battling 6-8 Cameroonian Shooster Olago, while Refuerzo added 16.
Ferdie Lusdoc and Olago led CM Farm’s losing cause with 33 and 27 points, respectively.
Bong Go, Special Executive Assistant to President Duterte, is expected to present the trophies during the championship game, along with newly-elected Samahang Basketball ng Pilpinas (SBP) board member Glenn Escandor.
Adding flavor to the championship game, the Phoenix Petroleum “Slam Dunk” and “Three-Point Shootout” competitions will be held among players of the four teams
Montana (98) -- Sanjo 17, Refuerzo 16, Clavel 13, Mago 13, Basco 12, Manlangit 10, Bangga 9, Espiritu 8, Eman 0, Ombecan 0, Gonzaga 0, Sendiong 0, Lazarte 0, Manliguez 0.
CM Farm (90) --Lusdoc 33, Olago 27, Calo 6, Oepito 6, Juntilla 5, Ababon 5, Berame 4, Abad 2, Bulac 2, Collado 0, Belencio 0.
Quarterscores: 27-15, 53-36, 77-71, 98-90.
FEU-Royal Mandaya-CMO (75) -- Dennison 19, Trinidad 12, Jose 10, Tuffin 8, Ebona 5, Nunag 5, Inigo 4, Roxas 3, Araula 3, K. Holmqvist 2, Orizu 2, Holmqvist 2, Escoto 0.Arong 0, Comboy 0.
MP Pacman (64) -- Losentes 25, Masaglang 17, Tadena 10, Oreta 4, Mahaling 4, Medalla 3, Franco 1, Pacquiao 0, Brown 0, Sta. Criz 0, Yusop 0.
Quarterscores: 15-16-, 34-28, 57-43, 75-64