Colegio de San Lorenzo-V Hotel proved steadier in the endgame to subdue Diliman College-JPA Freight Logistics, 62-55, and move within a win of completing a seven-game sweep in the 2017 MBL Open basketball championship at the PNP Sports Center in Camp Crame.
Soulemane Chabi Yo and Dominic Formento stood at the helm of the victory for the Boni Garcia-mentored Griffins, who assured themselves of at least a tie for one of two outright semis berth with their sixth straight win in the event backed by Smart Sports, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear, Gerry’s Grill and Ironcon Builders.
Chabi Yo, the 6-6 standout from the French-speaking West African nation Benin, scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the payoff period to lead the Griffins of CdSL president Monneth Balgan and sports parron Jimi Lim to victory.
In the first game, Philippine National Police rallied from a huge 19-point deficit to stun Wang’s Ballclub, 75-72, and barge into win column after five losses.
Ricardo Cabrera scored 13 of his team-high 18 points during the Responders’ mind-boggling comeback that saw them erase a 42-61 third quarter deficit to beat the Couriers.