MAKATI CITY – Enderun Colleges forced a tie for the leadership and sent once-formidable De Ocampo Memorial College further down the standings of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Basketball tournament at the Makati Coliseum Monday (September 12). The Titans hacked out a 96-85 decision over the Cobras in order to move into a tie with idle Saint Clare College of Caloocan at seven wins and a loss.
The former owners of a six-game winning streak, the Cobras are now on a two-game slide. There was no stopping forward Mark Javen Gatdula, guard Mark Joseph Nunez and team captain Christian Errol Villar from wreaking havoc in the fourth period.
Standing only 6’2”, Gatdula was forced to play center after foul trouble on 6’7” Wabo Kaptue and the absence of regular backup Erwin Bernardo. He rose to the challenge by scoring 11 of his 20 points in the final period on top of 12 rebounds.
Nunez supported Gatdula with nine of his 20 points in the fourth as well to go with six rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Villar woke up from his so-so performance through the first three periods to unload 10 points in the fourth to finish with 14.
A day after setting a new tournament record of 45 points, Dahrell Caranguian still paced the Cobras with 25 points only. Nino Macasling was his main support with 16 points and five assists.
How They Scored:
ENDERUN (96) – Nunez 20, Gatdula 20, Villar 14, Kaptue 14, Grilli 11, Vidal 7, de la Cruz 5, Dungan 4, Turingan 1.
DE OCAMPO MEMORIAL (85) – Caranguian 25, Macasling 16, Sabasaje 11, Gallardo 11, Fabro 6, Clarito 4, Ramos 4, de la Cruz 4, Pascual 2, Manalang 2, Canelas 0, Simon 0, Wenceslao 0.
Period Scores: 24-18, 44-39, 64-64, 96-85.