PASIG CITY – Philippine Christian University held form down the stretch to put away Philippine Merchant Marine School, 82-79, on the second day of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament at the Sumilang Covered Court. It was a good first game for the Dolphins while the Mariners fell to an even 1-1 win-loss record.
Yves Sazon put PCU on top for good with a triple at the 2:27 mark of the fourth period, 74-72. PMMS would threaten for the last time with a triple from Marvin Manatad at with 31 ticks to go, 79-81, and forcing Coach Elvis Tolentino to call a timeout.
The Mariners though managed to pull off a defensive stop but Domark Matillano’s drive to the basket went nowhere thus forcing them to foul Nikko Camaya who split his free throws with a second left, 82-79. In the game’s final possession, Sazon completed his heroics by poking the ball away and breaking up the PMMS possession to preserve the win.
Michael Ayonayon shot the lights out all game long to finish with 23 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in an all-around performance that kept PCU in contention. Sazon supported him with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Manatad paced all scorers with 27 points, making 10 in the second and 12 in the third period. Matillano was next with 19 points on four of 14 shooting from the three-point arc.
How They Scored:
PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (82) – Ayonayon 23, Sazon 14, Tambeling 12, Mescallado 11, Castro 7, Malto 6, Vasquez 4, Catipay 3, Camaya 1, Pallatao 1, Bautista 0, Sumalacay 0.
P M M S (79) – Manatad 27, Matillano 19, Antonares 11, Stevens 7, Mboe 7, Chan 3, Atas 3, Bernardo 1, Kue 1, Morante 0, Javier 0, Villamayor 0.
Period Scores: 16-18, 34-33, 57-61, 82-79.