PASIG CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School experienced rough sailing before eventually landing in the semifinal round of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament via a 75-71 escape from De Ocampo Memorial College at the Sumilang Covered Court Tuesday (April 25). Up next for the Mariners is Philippine Christian University, 70-56 winners over Manuel L. Quezon University in the previous game.
The Mariners allowed the Cobras to race to a 65-53 lead after three periods thanks to the good plays of Jhonard Clarito and Jimmy Schwartz. However, DOMC was not able to sustain their momentum prompting PMMS to stage a 14-2 run to begin the fourth period and tie the game at 67-67.
Patience paid off for PMMS with Rocky Antonares scoring on a power move to tie the game for the last time with 1:49 to play, 71-71. A big defensive stop led to a soaring drive by Scottie Mboe to give PMMS the lead for good with 1:06 on the clock, 73-71.
Defense continued to be the key for the Mariners. Clarito put up a forced shot in traffic with the loose ball scuffle resulting in a PMMS fastbreak and an unmolested layup by Mboe for the final count.
Antonares was truly a force under the basket with 18 points and 22 rebounds. Guard Aaron Morante ably supported him with 13 points, four assists and three steals.
Peter Marc Manalang led the way for the Cobras with 14 points, four assists and three steals. Clarito was next with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
How They Scored:
P M M S (75) – Antonares 18, Morante 13, Mboe 12, Manatad 9, Villamayor 6, Stevens 5, Kue 5, Matillano 4, Mascardo 3, Bernardo 0, Javier 0, Gilbero 0.
DE OCAMPO (71) – Manalang 14, Clarito 13, Schwartz 12, Montojo 10, de la Cruz 8, Ramos 5, Wenceslao 5, Sabasaje 2, Canelas 2, Gallardo 0, Atabay 0.
Period Scores: 18-21, 40-37, 53-65, 75-71.