QUEZON CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School enhanced its chances of making the playoffs of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) by sinking rival Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, 61-46, at the resumption of hostilities Wednesday (March 1) at the Colegio de San Lorenzo Gym. The Mariners rose to 4-2 while keeping the also-ran Blue Sharks winless in six starts.
A 13-0 jackrabbit start anchored on the seven points of team captain Elvin Chan set the tone for the balance of the one-sided contest as AIMS never threatened. Domark Matillano then began to fire from all corners of the court as PMMS erected an imposing 40-16 advantage just before the halftime break.
The veteran pair of Chan and Matillano was not yet done as they accounted for all of their side’s points in the third period with the Blue Sharks failing to make any dents into the PMMS lead. Coach Aldrin Morante then allowed his role players to take over in the final period and they did a good job of maintaining their distance.
Matillano sizzled anew with 21 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. Chan did not score in the fourth period but it hardly mattered as he ended up with 13 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.
Christian Arcenal paced the Blue Sharks with 19 points and five rebounds. Louisse Evangelista followed with only nine points.
Earlier in the day, the PMMS Lady Mariners set the stage for a double celebration as they eliminated the De La Salle University-Dasmarinas Lady Patriots, 70-65, and claim the fourth and final playoff spot in the Women’s Division.
Despite playing with only four players in the final eight minutes, the Lady Patriots gave it a fight and threatened with 3:25 to play, 61-63, but the Mariners countered with a strong finishing run. Both teams ended up tied with 1-3 win-loss cards but PMMS advanced by virtue of today’s victory.
How They Scored:
P M M S (61) – Matillano 21, Chan 13, Manatad 7, Villamayor 6, Stevens 5, Cabauatan 3, Feliciano 2, Mabaquiao 2, Manaog 1, Javier 1, Galay 0, Atas 0, Mascardo 0, Gilbero 0, Bautista 0, Carvajal 0.
A I M S (46) – Arcenal 19, Evangelista 9, Gancayco 7, Pacla 6, Javiero 2, Moncada 2, Lotoc 1, Hernandez 0, Lim 0, Inid 0, Roblo 0, Gasgonia 0, Fajardo 0.
Period Scores: 20-11, 43-26, 54-37, 61-46.