MAKATI CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School picked up a crucial win at the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon (NCRUCLAA) at the expense of National College of Business and Arts, 89-67, in continuing action Monday afternoon (February 20) at the University of Makati Gym. The veteran tandem of Domark Matillano and team captain Elvin Chan took turns at providing the offense as the Mariners led from start to finish against the Wildcats.
Chan and Matillano set the tone early by combining for 16 markers in the first period as they raced to a 22-16 lead. The Wildcats continued to search but could not find ways to stop the pair’s torrid scoring pace.
Firing from all angles, Matillano already amassed seven triples through the first three periods. Despite nursing an ankle sprain sustained in practice the day earlier, Chan saved enough strength to star in a 12-0 fourth period run that delivered the virtual knockout blow, 84-62.
Matillano added one more field goal in the fourth canto to finish with 31 points on 12 of 26 shooting on top of eight rebounds and five assists. Chan was not far behind with 25 points in 22 minutes of action.
The Mariners moved into the third spot in Group B in a tie with Philippine State College of Aeronautics at 3-2. However, PMMS holds the tiebreaker thanks to their 95-65 drubbing of the Iron Eagles last February 6.
Joseph de la Cruz paced the Wildcats with 17 points while CJ Catura added 15. The Wildcats fell to 2-3.
How They Scored:
P M M S (89) – Matillano 31, Chan 25, Manatad 5, Gilbero 5, Mabaquiao 4, Villamayor 4, Javier 3, Mascardo 3, Carvajal 3, Galay 2, Bautista 2, Stevens 1, Manaog 1, Cabauatan 0, Attas 0.
N C B A (67) – de la Cruz 17, Catura 15, Acsayan 9, Ilin 8, Busa 5, Lopez 5, Oreiro 4, Detubio 2, Nuyda 2, Biteng 0, Sagum 0, de Quiroz 0, Mendoza 0.
Period Scores: 22-18, 45-38, 66-58, 89-67.