MAKATI CITY – De Ocampo Memorial College zoomed to its fourth straight win but not before anxious moments against AMA University, 86-83, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball games Monday evening (September 5) at the Makati Coliseum. The Cobras are now in third place in the 14-team field with a 4-1 win-loss record.
With their running game and swarming defense humming anew, the Cobras under Coach Ronnie “Toto” Dojillo erected a 13-point lead late in the third period, 66-53, with prodigious guard Dahrell Caranguian leading the way as usual scoring from all angles. DOMC then held their form amidst a furious AMA rally on the combined efforts of PBA D-League veterans Jerome Ortega, Miguel Magpantay and Ian Macaranas who sank two free throws to put the Titans within two points with 1:26 to play, 80-82.
That was the best the Titans could do as Junar Wenceslao, Caranguian and Igi Boy Sabasaje preserved the win via the free throw line as AMA could no longer connect, 86-80. Magpantay then hit a late triple at the buzzer for the final tally.
Already undermanned after forward Redel Fabro was rushed to the hospital on suspected dengue fever, the Cobras’ cause was further hampered after forward EJ Canelas was thrown out in the opening period for elbowing Paul Carpio in the eyes. AMA also had a manpower shortage of their own as shooter Mike de Guzman and head coach Mark Herrera were sidelined with the flu, forcing acting coach Benjie Diswe to make do with a nine-player rotation.
Caranguian finished 28 points, 12 during the Cobras’ third period breakaway. Sabasaje earned Best Player honors with 20 points and 11 rebounds, including the insurance offensive board with two seconds to go off a Caranguian missed charity.
Jayson Jordan paced AMA with 28 points and14 rebounds. Magpantay added 15 points, seven in their fourth period rally as the Titans ended their two-game winning streak for a 2-3 card.
How They Scored:
DE OCAMPO MEMORIAL (86) – Caranguian 28, Sabasaje 20, Clarito 14, Manalang 6, Montojo 6, Lescano 3, Wenceslao 3, Gallardo 2, Pascual 2, de la Cruz 2, Canelas 0, Macasling 0.
AMA (83) – Jordan 28, Magpantay 15, Calma 13, Ortega 11, Macaranas 6, Salonga 6, Carpio 4, Dulnoan 0, Quijano 0.
Period Scores: 17-18, 44-37, 68-61, 86-83.