MAKATI CITY – Now, Philippine Merchant Marine School is suddenly a serious contender at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU). The Las Pinas City-based quintet coasted to their seventh straight win by manhandling also-ran City University Pasay, 92-64, Friday (September 23) at the Makati Coliseum.
It was the expected result when the league’s hottest team meets the league’s coldest team. Still, the winless Eagles gave it a good fight and even scored the game’s first basket but the Mariners’ firepower proved too much to handle as starters Reggie Debulcos and Domark Matillano and substitute Elvin Chan attacked the hoop relentlessly to build a commanding 27-13 margin after one period.
After the halftime break, the Mariners continued from where they left off and scored the first eight points of the third period for the game’s biggest lead, 48-25. The hard luck Eagles thus absorbed their 11th loss of the season with two games left for them to garner their breakthrough win.
Debulcos led all scorers with 17 points for Best Player honors. Matillano hit three triples en route to 15 points.
Team captain Daniel Lewis Lizardo returned from an illness to pace the Eagles with 13 points and seven rebounds. James Solero was another bright spot for Pasay with 12 points and seven rebounds.
The seven-game winning streak of the Mariners matches the seven-game streak set by the Saint Clare Saints to begin the season. PMMS can set the new season record in their final game against Enderun Colleges on Sunday (September 25) at the Rizal Technological University Gym.
How They Scored:
P M M S (92) – Debulcos 17, Matillano 15, Chan 10, Antonares 8, Margaja 7, Stevens 6, Bernardo 6, Yagonia 4, Gilbero 4, Mboe 3, Quilatan 2, Feliciano 2, Villamayor 2, Regero 2, Galay 2, Attas 1, Mascardo 1.
PASAY (64) – Lizardo 13, Solero 12, J de la Cruz 6, Gatchalian 6, Macasil 6, Acidre 4, Encina 3, Padilla 3, Villagomez 3, Castaneda 2, Erice 2, Catarbas 2, Laxamana 2, Cahansa 0, Penaredondo 0, R de la Cruz 0.
Period Scores: 27-13, 50-25, 67-42, 92-64.