MANDALUYONG CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School worked its way to its eighth straight win at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) by frustrating Enderun Colleges, 70-64, last Sunday (September 25) at the Rizal Technological University Gym. The Mariners thus bettered the seven-game winning streak of Saint Clare College of Caloocan to begin the season.
Allowing the Titans to open hostilities with the first nine points and eventually falling behind by as much as a dozen points in the third period, 25-37, the Mariners turned to veterans Jake Yagonia, Domark Matillano and Jess Quilatan to patiently rally in the final period. A crippling 12-0 PMMS run gave the Las Pinas City-based squad the lead for good, 59-52, and they held on until the final buzzer.
Yagonia led all scorers with 16 points and six rebounds. Matillano followed with 12 points and five rebounds while Quilatan had 11 points and three assists.
Michael de la Cruz paced the Titans with four triples en route to 15 points and four rebounds in the losing effort. Colince Wabo Kaptue was next with 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
The loss proved costly for Enderun as they threw away a sure outright entry into the semifinal round. Now, the Titans will have to go through the quarterfinal round where they await the winners of the First Round knockout game.
PMMS, Enderun and Lyceum of Subic Bay are now tied with 9-4 win-loss cards. However, the Mariners, Titans and Sharks will be awarded Third, Fourth and Fifth Place even if Saint Clare College (9-3) loses to Colegio de San Lorenzo (5-7) on the final elimination round game on Tuesday to create a four-team logjam from Second to Fifth Place.
LSB lost the most after the Mariners’ win because they now tumble all the way to Fifth Place and will have to go through the dangerous First Round knockout games. Had they won in the earlier game against Saint Clare, the Sharks could have captured the top spot and a free ride into the semifinals.
How They Scored:
P M M S (70) – Yagonia 16, Matillano 12, Quilatan 11, Chan 8, Antonares 7, Debulcos 6, Margaja 4, Villamayor 4, Mboe 2.
ENDERUN (64) – de la Cruz 15, Kaptue 13, Vidal 10, Nunez 9, Grilli 7, Villar 7, Dungan 1, Turingan 1, Gatdula 1,
Period Scores: 9-13, 18-28, 47-50, 70-64.