MAKATI CITY – The amazing run of De Ocampo Memorial College continues after the Cobras extended their winning streak to six games by routing City University of Pasay, 111-76, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Basketball tournament at the Makati Coliseum Friday (September 9). The team of Coach Ronnie “Toto” Dojillo now has sole possession of Second Place nearing the halfway mark of the 14-team tournament.
The Cobras jumped to an early 8-0 lead and never allowed the Eagles to get into the scheme of things. However, the team held their breath as team leader Dahrell Caranguian fell on his head in the opening period after scoring eight quick points.
Luckily, Caranguian returned to action in the third period to hit a three-pointer but it hardly mattered as they were already pulling away with Igi Boy Sabasaje and Jhonard Clarito taking turns at leading the Cobras’ high-octane scoring pace in his absence. Even the role players fielded by Coach Dojillo did not relent as they continued to expand the lead up to the final buzzer.
Sabasaje led all scorers with 25 points coming off the bench spiked with four triples. Clarito had a double-double of 24 point and 11 rebounds plus three steals.
Edgar Erice paced the Eagles with 20 points, 14 coming in the second period. James Solero was next with 11 points and nine rebounds as they absorbed their sixth defeat in as many starts.
How They Scored:
DE OCAMPO MEMORIAL (111) – Sabasaje 25, Clarito 24, Caranguian 11, Manalang 7, de la Cruz 7, Macasling 6, Canelas 5, Ramos 5, Simon 5, Gallardo 4, Montojo 4, Pascual 4, Lescano 2, Fabro 2, Caramat 0.
PASAY (76) – Erice 20, Solero 11, Penaredondo 10, Lizardo 10, J de la Cruz 6, Gatchalian 6, Laxamana 5, Macasil 4, Padilla 3, Villagomez 1, Castaneda 0, Cahansa 0, Encina 0, Pervera 0, R de la Cruz, Acidre 0.
Period Scores: 25-16, 51-37, 83-55, 111-76.