by Lance Fortu/Jonas Egan Reyes, published June 6, 2019

 Pioneering MPBL club Caloocan Supremos dodged a bullet, escaping expansion team Mindoro Tamaraws, 80-77, in a tuneup match held Friday at the San Juan Gym.

In preparation for their maiden run in the MPBL - which unfurls its third conference on June 12, the Tamaraws put up a gallant stand up to their last offensive possession against a formidable Supremos side, only to fall a basket short in forcing overtime.

With his team down by three, Fil-American gunner AJ Asis missed a potential game-tying triple in Mindoro's last crack at the basket, allowing the Supremos to hold on the victory.

Still, it was a great learning experience for the Bengie Teodoro-mentored squad, who are still in the thick of preparations for their much-anticipated MPBL debut. The Tamaraws raced to a 25-15 first quarter lead, holding Supremos to just a field goal in the first six minutes of the game.

Caloocan turned things around in the second half behind the exploits of Almond Vosotros, Thomas Torres and AJ Mandani to eventually take a 60-56 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Team owner Justin Tan commended the Tamaraws for their performance, despite being put together in just a week's time. Coach Teodoro echoed the need for another big man to boost their team's ceiling.

On June 13, the Tamaraws take on the Bataan Risers in another tuneup match.


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