CAGAYAN DE ORO-PSP stunned erstwhile unbeaten and defending champion Davao Occidental-Cocolife, 89-85, in overtime on Thursday night in the Manila Bankers Life-Pilipinas Super League Pro Division Second Conference Dumper Cup at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Cagayan de Oro rode Jaypee Dela Cruz’s clutch free throws in the final 16 seconds that pegged the final count.
The Tigers went to former Philippine Basketball Association player John Wilson in their last-gasp try to force overtime, but missed his three-point attempt in the last six seconds.
Deo Lucero had 23 points, two rebounds and six assists for Cagayan de Oro, while Jeff Comia chipped in 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Jopet Soriano and Ian Yutuc had 13 and 11 points, respectively for Cagayan de Oro, which rebounded from an 82-89 loss to Boracay last week and improved to 2-7 won-lost.
Davao Occidental saw its seven-game winning streak that included a 67-61 triumph over Batang Kankaloo-Caloocan also last week come to a screeching halt and dropped to 7-1 for third.
The Pampanga G Lanterns, meanwhile, brought down Manila, 78-69, to get back on track.
Kurt Reyson boomed in six triples and finished with 20 points and two rebounds for Pampanga, while Jayson Apolonio added 18 points and six rebounds.
Jamer Jamito had 11 points and two rebounds as the G Lanterns made up for a numbing 71-72 setback at the hands of Nueva Ecija last Janaury 14 and raised their mark to 4-1 for fifth place.
The Citystars, coming off an 81-74 win over Koponang Lakan ng Bulacan last January 12, fell to 5-4, good for eight spot.
Wilson carried the fight for the Tigers with 22 points, 13 rebounds and three assists, while Larry Rodriguez had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Billy Robles and Keith Agovida combined for 24 points for Davao Occidental.
Kyle Neypes paced Manila with 14 points, while Adrian Celada added 13 points.
Rence Alcoriza was held to just 12 points for the Citystars.