MANDALUYONG CITY – The feel good story of the De Ocampo Memorial College Cobras continues after they claimed another scalp in New Era University, 80-72, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball games Friday evening (September 2) at the Rizal Technological University Gym. The league newcomers are now on a three-game winning streak to up their record to 3-1, good for a share of fourth place with fellow perennial contender Our Lady of Fatima University.
Dahrell Caranguian was his usual prolific self but it was Jhonard Clarito who did the dirty work on defense that keyed the win for the Cobras of Coach Ronnie “Toto” Dojillo. New Era went ahead briefly in the opening period, 14-13, but Caranguian and Clarito powered a strong closing run by DOMC to grab the upper hand for good after the first, 23-20.
The Cobras then drew fine performances from substitutes Junar Wenceslao and EJ Canelas to break game wide open by halftime, 46-38. Caranguian and Clarito then took over anew as DOMC erected an imposing 53-38 advantage early in the third period.
Richard Velchez then led a 10-0 New Era run to threaten, 48-53, but this was quickly arrested by more hits from Caranguian, Clarito and Redel Fabro. From there, the Cobras simply coasted to the win.
Caranguian again led the Cobras with 27 points. Clarito followed with 16 points, six rebounds and two steals for Best Player honors.
Velchez led New Era with 17 points and nine rebounds. He was supported by Nemesis de la Cruz with 14 points.
How They Scored:
DE OCAMPO MEMORIAL (80) – Caranguian 27, Clarito 16, Wenceslao 10, Canelas 7, de la Cruz 6, Gallardo 5, Fabro 4, Manlang 2, Macasling 2, Lescano 1, Sabasaje 0, Pascual 0, Ramos 0, Montojo 0, Atabay 0.
NEW ERA (72) – Velchez 17, de la Cruz 14, Ramos 13, Reyes 11, Akindele 6, Castillo 6, Absin 2, Magkalas 0, Macaranas 0, Cabacungan 0, Asistio 0, Roque 0, Pamat 0.
Period Scores: 23-20, 46-38, 65-56, 80-72.