MAKATI CITY – Saint Francis of Assisi College crushed rival Philippine Merchant Marine School, 78-58, in the battle of Las Pinas City-based schools Monday morning (February 13) at the University of Makati Gym in continuing action from the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA). Defense was the key as the Doves where all over the Mariners from the opening period.
Saint Francis jumped ahead after one period, 22-9, and nearly held PMMS sans a field goal through the entire second period. The drought actually lasted for a 14-minute span with Robin Villamayor saving PMMS from the dubious distinction with a late basket as the halftime buzzer sounded and the Doves way ahead, 41-18.
PMMS tried to make a game out of it but Jeremy Derama punctuated the third by completing a rare three-point play at the buzzer off the fifth and final foul of PMMS captain Elvin Chan. Domark Matillano and Jake Mascardo tried their best to pare the final deficit but it hardly mattered as Saint Francis assumed solo second place of Group B at 3-1 while PMMS fell to 2-2.
Ryan Chu, ironically a transferee from PMMS, earned Player of the Game honors with 20 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Derama followed with 12 points.
Matillano led the Mariners with 20 points on three triples but the rest of the team struggled with a flat start. Wendell Attas was next with 12 points, the only other Mariner in twin digits.
How They Scored:
SAINT FRANCIS (78) – Chu 20, Derama 12, Cruz 11, Castro 10, Parcero 8, Cenita 7, Cristobal 4, Lalata 4, Lanoy 2, Madrid 0.
P M M S (58) – Matillano 20, Attas 12, Mascardo 6, Gilbero 5, Stevens 4, Villamayor 4, Chan 3, Cabauatan 2, Javier 2, Galay 0, Manaog 0, Mabaquiao 0, Manatad 0.
Period Scores: 22-9, 41-18, 62-41, 78-58.