MANDALUYONG CITY – The De Ocampo Memorial College Cobras continued to bite their way through the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) by claiming another victim in Philippine Merchant Marine School, 93-79, Wednesday evening (August 31) at the Rizal Technological University Gym. Employing once more their running game and pesky defense, the Cobras led all the way and never gave the Mariners breathing space.
Dahrell Caranguian keyed the Cobras’ early surge by dumping eight points in the opening period which they took handily, 29-20. From their team captain Nino Macasling and Igi Boy Sabasaje took turns at keeping PMMS in check with timely baskets, including a scooping layup by Macasling in traffic with 1:55 left to play that virtually sealed the deal, 87-79.
Both Caranguian and Macasling finished with 22 points each but Macasling’s 14-point fourth period effort coupled with four steals in the final period earned for him Best Player honors. Sabasaje also hit double figures with 13 while Redel Fabro added 13.
Domark Matillano paced the Mariners with 31 points highlighted by seven triples but the effort went to naught. Rocky Antonares and Daryl Margaja followed with 13 and 12 respectively as they sank to their third straight defeat of the young season.
How They Scored:
DE OCAMPO MEMORIAL (93) – Macasling 22, Caranguian 22, Sabasaje 13, Fabro 12, Montojo 8, Clarito 5, Manalang 3, Atabay 3, Pascual 2, Wenceslao 2, Gallardo 1, Lescano 0, Ramos 0, de la Cruz 0.
P M M S (79) – Matillano 31, Antonares 13, Margaja 12, Debulcos 9, Villamayor 4, Quilatan 3, Chan 3, Attas 3, Yagonia 1, Stevens 0, Mboe 0, Dagero 0.
Period Scores: 29-20, 42-36, 68-64, 93-79.