Go explodes anew for Duterte cagers

Secretary Bong Go came out smoking anew for Team Duterte as he saved his team from the brink of a first defeat at the hands of IBP Davao.

With his guns ablaze, the spifirish Go spewed 36 points to quell an IBP Davao uprising and preserve a 91-90 triumph in Game 5 of their basketball friendly series on Saturday at the Genesis 88 Gym in Ecoland.

Team Duterte played much composure at crunch time playing it patiently with good shot selection and breaking down the defense to preserve its clean record by far.

Go, President Rodrigo Duterte’s trusted aide, was again the focal point of an improved IBP defense. Go had to recreate his shots and took lesser attempts from the rainbow territory. He ended up with only three conversions from the distance, his lowest so far in the series after averaging nearly seven a game.

But the sweet-shooting cabinet member brought his superb touch around the key as he sprayed running jump shots and pull-up jumpers at practically all angles to put Team Duterte.

Armand Dioso shot 35 points for the winless IBP Davao while Gil Ciudadano added 20.

It was another setback for IBP Davao as the National IBP League champions fell short once again in the down the wire finish. Three of the five games in the series were decided by less than six points typifying the intensity displayed by both teams.

Warren Cloribel added 13 points for Team Duterte while John Flores and Eugene Labor had 10 apiece.

Team Duterte won Game 4 103-97 on Sunday. (With a report from Rico Biliran)