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Bataan game was a test to see where's Davao at, says coach Don Dulay
by Eugene Flores, August 13, 2019 4:40pm
The Davao Occidental Tigers-Coco Life ran into a tough challenge on Monday night against the Bataan Risers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup.
Davao edged out Bataan, 83-75 and head coach Don Dulay told that the game was his barometer to see if the Tigers can compete to such opponent.
"Bataan is a really good team, well-coached. We needed this game to see where we're at. The last tiime we played a team this competitive was Bacoor," coach Dulay said.
"Their record doesn't speak for what they really are. They are still team, new coach. Players still learning because MPBL is a different game but it'll be okay when the playoffs start."
"Our guys showed up, it was a tough game. We're happy we came up with a W."
MVP caliber Mark Yee earned praises from the head coach as he was crucial down the stretch for Davao as Bataan started to gain momentum.
"Pasaol is tough, Batino, they're all tough but Mark [Yee] that's what he's made for. You can tell he was ready for this game. He's been working hard. All our guys, I'm happy they all stepped up."
Also notable was James Forrester. The former ex-pro had a roller-coaster ride on his basketball career and coach Dulay was happy they landed the journeyman wherein he's becoming one of Davao's elite player.
"We've been waiting for him. We knew how talented he was before we got him. He's been working hard. All guys just really need a chance, confidence and he have that so, he'll continue to play well. He's a really good player and I'm happy he's on our team."
"He's a big part of our team. Defensively he can guard all positions and offensively his athleticism, his shooting that's something we needed," Dulay added.
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