DAVAO CITY -- UAAP champion Far Eastern University-Royal Mandaya Hotel served notice of its title aspirations by hurdling Montana Pawnshop,78-67,at the start of the Duterte Basketball League-Kadayawan sa Dabaw Sportsfest 2016 at the Davao City Recreation Center-Almendras gym.
Raymar Jose, Monbert Arong and Richard Escoto provided the clutch baskets,while Prince Orizu shone on the defensive end as the Tamaraws recovered from a slow start to win pulling away against the hard-fighting home team to the delight of a big opening crowd in this short,four-team tournament held as part of the month-long celebrations of the city-wide Kadayawan Festival 2016.
Jose, Arong and Escoto finished with 14 points apiece,while Orizu added six points while defending against American import Leandry Sanjo to clinch the win for FEU-Royal Mandaya of coach Nash Racela.
Sanjo carried the fight for Montana with 21 points, followed by Rocky Clavel with 16 points and Epe Refuerzo with 12.
Former PBA player Marlon Basco added nine points.
Sharing the limelight was CM Farm of Tagum,which staved off repeated rallies by MP Pacman-General Santos City to escape with a hard-earned 101-95 win in the second game.
Shooster Olago and former GlobalPort Batang Pier mainstay Reed Juntilla provided the 1-2 punch for CM Farm, which needed a strong finish to edge out MP Pacman in an entertaiing and high-scoring battle between two Mindanao-based teams.
Olago, a bull-strong 6-7 recruit from Cameroon who is reportedly being lured to join Ateneo de Manila in the UAAP, more than held his own against Manila-based players Bernson Franco and Arden Guiyab and scored a game-high 34 points for CM Farm of coach Van Halen Parmis and team manager Mario Bantillan.
Juntilla, the talented 6-2 Univerity of the Visayas guard who played for GlobalPort Batang Pier in 2013, contributed 25 points for the Tagum-based CM Farm.
Don Tadena scattered 17 points and Rene Pacquiao added 14 points for MP Pacman of owner-manager Manny Pacquiao and coach PBA legend Kenneth Duremdez.
Newly-appointed Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) Board of Trustee Glenn Escandor made the ceremonial toss during a colorful opening ceremony.
Davao City Sports Director Cholo Elgino said th participating teams will play single-round elimination with the top two teams disputing the championship and the top prize of P100,000.
Meanwhile, Christopher “Bong” Go exploded with 50 points to power Team Duterte-Cayetano to an 83-78 win over Anflocor in their friendly game.
Go, the special executive assistant to President Duterte, made 12 of 21 three-point shots in a brilliant one-man scoring show despite Anflocor’s rugged defense.
The 50-point explosion by Go came a few days after he scored 56 points in a similar friendly game against the same team.
Team D-C also won the game, 84-75.
FEU-Royal Mandaya (78) -- Jose 14, Arong 14, Escoto 14 Trinidad 7, Orizu 6, K. Holmqvist 6,Tuffin 5, Holmqvist 4, Nunag 2, Jose 2, Comboy 2, Dennison 2, Inigo 0, Ebona 0.
Montana (67) -- Sanjo 21, Clavel 16, Refuerzo 12, Basco 9, Manlangit 6, Bangga 2, Espiritu 1, Embecan 0, Eman 0, Sendiong 0, Manliguez 0, Lazarte 0.
Quarterscores: 18-18, 32-30, 54-48, 78-67.
CM Farm Tagum (101) -- Olago 34, Juntilla 25, Bulac 11, Calo 9, Abad 8, Lusdog 6, La Mocha 5, Rerame 2, Dumapig 1, Collado 0, Cavan 0 , Mondragon 0, Pepito 0.
MP Pacman (95) -- Tadena 17, Pacquiao 14, Losentes 11, Parreno 11, Mahaling 11, Oreta 7, Guiyab 7, Franco 5, Medalla 4, Yusop 4, Maglang 2, Sta. Cruz 2, Brown 0.
Quarterscores: 21-29, 45-45, 75-72, 101-95.