PARANAQUE CITY – De Ocampo Memorial College survived the late rallies of host team PATTS College of Aeronautics, 76-72, at the resumption of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) at the A. R. Valdez Hall. The Cobras squandered a 19-point lead late in the first half, 45-26, but timely hits saved the day for their second consecutive win in the tournament.
Egged on by their home fans, the Seahorses clawed back valiantly until finally tying the count at 66-66 on a stab by Neil Cayson with 4:50 remaining. However, the task of rallying took out a lot of energy as PATTS sputtered down the stretch for their second straight setback.
Dahrrel Caranguian scored a big basket that gave DOMC a 74-71 cushion before Cayson responded with a free throw to threaten for the last time at the 48-second mark, 72-74. Caranguian then unlikely missed two free throws but the Cobras played good defense to force a turnover leading to a foul and Jhonard Clarito sinking the insurance charities for the final tally.
Caranguian was the clear choice for Best Player of the Game with 28 points, 19 made in the second and third periods as DOMC was going for the blowout, on top 10 rebounds. Harold Lascano supported him with 11 points.
John Paul Manansala paced the Seahorses with 16 points, coming alive with 11 in the third period after a forgettable first half. Cayson followed with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
How They Scored:
DE OCAMPO (76) – Caranguian 28, Lascano 11, Fabro 9,Clarito 8, Sabasaje 6, Gallardo 6, Ramos 4, Canelas 2, Montojo 2, Pascual 0, Manalang 0, Miasco 0, Atabay 0, de la Cruz 0.
P A T T S (72) – Manansala 16, Cayson 14, Orada 12, Capinding 11, Loyola 8, Diaz 7, Pimentel 2, Mounib 2, Fandalian 0, Calubag 0, Bautista 0.
Period Scores: 18-15, 45-33, 61-57, 76-72.