DAVAO CITY -- CM Farm of Tagum brought down UAAP champion Far Eastern University-Royal Mandaya Hotel, 81-72, to clinch atleast a tie for a finals berth in the Duterte Basketball League-Kadayawan sa Dabaw Sportsfest 2016 at the Davao City Recreation Center-Almendras gym here.
University of San Carlos standout Shooster Olago outduelled FEU rookie Prince Orizu in the battle of big men to power the Tagum City-based CM Farm of coach Van Halen Parmis and manager Mario Bantillan to its second straight win in the four-team competition organized by the Davao City Sports Council as part of the Kadayawan Festival 2016.
Olago, who is reportedly being eyed by Ateneo de Manila in the UAAP, got the better of the 6-8 Orizu in the second half where he scored 10 of his 17 points on short jumpers and putbacks.
Olago, the 21-year-old recruit from Cameroon, also had game-high 34 points in CM Farm’s 101-95 opening-day victory over MP Pacman.
Ferdie Lusdoc and ex-Globalport Batang Pier mainstay Reed Juntilla backed up Olago with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
“It’s a good win for the boys. They did not lose their focus even after FEU made a run in the third period,” said Parmis, who has piloted CM Farm to numerous championships in the Visayas and Mindanao.
“We’re focused to win this championship,” added Parmis, also the assistant coach of the University of the Visayas Lancers during the 2013 Kazan Universiade in Russia.
Raymar Jose and Monbert Arong led the Tamaraws of coach Nash Racela and manager Christopher “Bong” Go with 12 points apiece.
Orizu, the 21-year-old football-turned-basketball player from Nigeria, finished with 10 points.
In the second game, Montana Pawnshop outsteadied MP Pacman, 83-74, for its first win in two matches.
Import Leandry Sanjo, Rocky Clavel, Epe Refuerzo, Glenn Manlangit and Brian Mago combined for all but 12 points of Montana’s total score against MP Pacman.
Sanjo scored 19 points for the Davao-based Montana of coach Nick Serafica and owner Arman Quibod.
Clavel added 18 and Refuerzo had 13.
Don Tadena was the lone double-digit scorer for MP Pacman with 16 points.
Ex-PBA player Bernson Franco, Rene Pacquiao and Emer Oreta finished with nine points apiece for the Kenneth Duremdes-mentored team from General Santos City.
Franco, who played for Alaska Milk in the PBA, had his finest moment in the third quarter when he put the clamps on the bull-strong Sanjo and keep MP Pacman within striking distance.
The champion will receive P100, 000.
CM Farm-Tagum (81) -- Olago 17, Lusdoc 13, Juntilla 12, Bulac 9, Abad 8, Pepito 7, Calo 7, LaMocha 4, Ababon 2, Dumapig 2, Belencion 0, Collado 0, Mondragon 0, Cavan 0.
FEU-Royal Mandaya (72) -- Jose 12, Arong 12, Orizu 10, Comboy 9, Tuffin 7, Nunag 6, Araula 6, K. Holmqvist 3, Ebona 2, Roxas 2, S. Holmqvist 2, Dennison 1, Trinidad 0, Inigo 0.
Quarterscores: 21-13, 37-28, 58-57, 81-72.
Montana Pawnshop (83) -- Sanjo 19, Clavel 18, Refuerzo 13, Manlangit 11, Maga 10, Basco 9, Bangga 3, Eman 0, Gonzaga 0, Sendiong 0, Manliguez 0, Ombecan 0.
MP Pacman (74) -- Tadena 16, Pacquiao 9, Franco 9, Oreta 9, Medalla 8, Yusof 6, Mahaling 6, Losentes 5, Sta. Cruz 3, Parreno 2, Masaglang 1, Brown 0, Guiyab 0.
Quarterscores: 22-12, 38-32, 57-53, 83-74.