MAKATI CITY – All Philippine Merchant Marine School needed was an 11-0 run to begin the game and that was it as they sent erstwhile undefeated Philippine State College of Aeronautics crashing to their first defeat at the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA), 95-65, at the University of Makati Gym Monday (February 6). The Mariners likewise matched their opponent’s win-loss record at 2-1, winning two in a row.
Team captain Elvin Chan and Domark Matillano hit back-to-back triples to begin the 11-0 run and Chan was not finished as he added 10 more markers as PMMS surged ahead after one period and never looked back, 29-15. Meanwhile, Matillano consistently bombarded the Iron Eagles with more triples and seldom-used Wendell Attas had a scoring spree of his own to push PMMS to their biggest lead of the game by the third period, 82-45.
Coach Aldrin Morante then had the luxury of giving court time to his role players as they cruised to victory. Not even a late PhilSCA rally anchored on Ernest Cardinoza could make minimal dents into the imposing PMMS lead.
Matillano scored 23 points on top of 10 rebounds and four assists for the Player of the Game award. Chan topped the Mariners in scoring with 13 of his 24 markers made in the first period.
Mark Capricho paced the Iron Eagles with 15 followed by Cardinoza who made seven of his 12 points in the fourth period. PhilSCA’s top scorers in their first two wins struggled with Rodelle Bilar hitting only seven, Arvin Patrico five and Mark Louie Jimenez going scoreless.
How They Scored:
P M M S (95) – Chan 24, Matillano 23, Bautista 9, Attas 8, Mascardo 7, Manaog 6, Gilbero 6, Feliciano 5, Villamayor 4, Stevens 3, Javier 0 Manatad 0, Carvajal 0.
PHILSCA (65) – Capricho 15, Cardinoza, Bilar 7, Ramos 7, Patricio 5, Serafica 4, Rubio 4, Gumban 4, Llaneta 3, Evangelista 2, Honra 1, Jimenez 0.
Period Scpres: 29-15, 51-34, 82-48, 95-65.