MANDALUYONG CITY – There’s no stopping the winning ways of the Philippine Merchant Marine School as their Mariners grabbed their sixth straight and ninth in 11 starts at the expense of Manuel L. Quezon University, 94-75, at the resumption of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) at the Rizal Technological University Gym Monday (September 21). PMMS thus joined a crowded group of six teams with seven wins spanning Third to Eighth Place.
Domark Matillano sought to end the issue early as he dropped 11 of his 13 points in the opening period as PMMS surged ahead, 20-6. Veterans Jake Yagonia, Jess Quilatan and Rocky Antonares took over and pushed the Mariners comfortably on top at halftime, 45-28.
Christopher Bitoon helped the Stallions recover a bit entering the final perod, 53-60. However, the rally proved too much to overturn as it was the turn of Reggie Debulcos and Daryl Margaja to continue padding the PMMS margin.
Antonares had monster numbers of 20 points and 18 rebounds for his second Best Player award. Margaja, last weekend’s Best Player in Subic, chipped in 16 points.
Bitoon led all scorers with 23, five rebounds and four assists. Jeymark Mallari was next with 15 markers.
How They Scored:
P M M S (94) – Antonares 20, Margaja 16, Matillano 13, Debulcos 13, Chan 8, Mboe 8, Yagonia 7, Villamayor 5, Quilatan 4, Bernardo 0.
MANUEL L. QUEZON (75) – Bitoon 23, Mallari 15, Lao 12, Pangan 9, Padua 6, Aurelio 5, Ignacio 4, Baliday 1, Rivera 0, de la Cruz 0.
Period Scores: 20-6, 45-28, 60-53, 94-75.