MANDALUYONG CITY – After three losses to begin the season, the suffering is now over for Philippine Merchant Marine School as they finally earned their first win as a member of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities Friday (September 2) at the Rizal Technological University Gym. The Mariners toyed with the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 95-79, and keeping the Red Fox winless at the bottom of the 14-team league at 0-4.
Andreas Cahilig, the controversial 6’5” Filipino-Swedish rookie who became the subject of a tug of war with Philippine Christian University, returned to the line-up and promptly joined Tolits Natividad in giving EARIST the first period, 22-20. That was the best that the Red Fox could do as they were limited to only seven points in the second period and Jake Yagonia dropped 12 of his 19 points to put PMMS on top for good by halftime, 44-29.
With only Cahilig and Natividad carrying the fight, the Mariners continued to pour it on and erected their biggest lead, 66-43. Coach Aldrin Morante then fielded his second and third group allowing EARIST to minimally chip away at their deficit.
Domark Matillano showed the way for PMMS with 24 points via five three-pointers. Also hitting double figures was Daryl Margaja with 14.
Cahilig popped in a total of 27 points to go with eight rebounds. Natividad finished with 24 points and four assists.
How They Scored:
P M M S (95) – Matillano 24, Yagonia 19, Margaja 14, Dagero 9, Debulcos 5, Quilatan 4, Galay 4, Feliciano 3, Bernardo 3, Mboe 3, Villamayor 3, Attas 2, Gilberto 2, Chan 0, Stevens 0, Antonares 0.
E A R I S T (79) – Cahilig 27, Natividad 24, Hilario 10, Pancho 7, Bandalan 4, Montealegre 3, Cabalsi 2, Emilio 2, Martinez 0, Ramos 0, del Rio 0, Llobrera 0, Urbano 0.
Period Scores: 20-22, 44-29, 72-54, 95-79.