MAKATI CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School further cemented their status as the current hottest team of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament after they formally eliminated AMA University from playoff contention, 102-76, Monday (September 19) at the Makati Coliseum. The Mariners continue to enjoy smooth sailing as they stretched their winning streak to five games and improve to 6-4 in a tie with idle Manuel L. Quezon University for Sixth and Seventh Place.
PMMS allowed AMA to score the game’s first basket and that was basically it. Domark Matillano, Jake Yagonia and the rest of the veteran-laden crew of Coach Aldrin Morante took turns and peppering the porous AMA defense. The Titans finally gave in sometime in the third canto with Matillano and Yagonia combining with Reggie Debulcos in give the Mariners a sizeable 79-54 lead entering the fourth period.
With the second and third group doing mopping up operations, the Mariners still managed to further extend their lead to as high as 30 points, 97-67. Still, Coach Morante made sure by keeping one or two starters on the floor to maintain stability.
Yagonia copped his first Best Player award with 21 points and five rebounds. Two-time Best Player Matillano also had 21 points as he and Yagonia keyed the team’s 11 of 32 shooting from the three-point line.
Jezer Calma topped the shorthanded AMA side with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jerome Ortega followed with 15 points as the 11-man Titans were handled by assistant coach Eugene Bautista in the absence of head coach Mark Herrera and first assistant Benjie Diswe.
How They Scored:
P M M S (102) – Matillano 21, Yagonia 21, Quilatan 9, Antonares 9, Debulcos 7, Mboe 7, Bernardo 6, Gilbero 4, Villamayor 4, Feliciano 3, Attas 3, Margaja 2, Mascardo 2, Regero 2, Galay 2, Chan 0, Stevens 0.
A M A (76) – Calma 16, Ortega 15, Magpantay 11, Jordan 9, Macaranas 5, Dulnoan 5, Salonga 5, Pineda 5, Macaspac 3, Pippin 2, Carpio 0.
Period Scores: 26-16, 49-41, 79-54, 102-76.