PASIG CITY – Domark Matillano bailed out Philippine Merchant Marine School for the second time this week as the Las Pinas City-based squad went home with Third Place in the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament. PMMS edged out reigning NAASCU champion Saint Clare College of Caloocan, 81-79, thanks to Matillano’s baseline layup with 1.5 seconds left Thursday (April 27) at the Sumilang Covered Court.
PMMS looked as if they were going through the motions after Saint Clare took the first half, 43-29. Suddenly, a very different Mariners squad showed up for the final period as they diligently ate away at the Saints’ lead through the efforts of Matillano and Rocky Antonares.
Matillano clustered five points to restore the edge to PMMS with 1:21 to play in regulation, 78-77. Aaron Morante then padded their lead with a free throw before Joshua Alcober tied the game for the last time on a breakaway drive ignited by a CJ Catura steal at the 13-second mark, 79-79.
Coach Aldrin Morante called a timeout to set up Matillano’s winning play. The Saints had one more chance but Catura missed a hurried shot at the buzzer.
Matillano topped PMMS with 19 points and the important game-winner. Antonares had another monster game of 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Rojay Santos led Saint Clare with 24 points on seven of 15 three-point shooting. Reynaldo de Mesa was next with 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Tournament organizer Buddy Encarnado awarded the trophy to the Mariners. The championship will be disputed between Centro Escolar University and Philippine Christian University.
How They Scored:
P M M S (81) – Matillano 19, Antonares 15, Mboe 11, Bernardo 8, Morante 7, Gilbero 6, Stevens 4, Kue 4, Atas 2, Manatad 2, Villamayor 2, Javier 1, Manaog 0, Mascardo 0, Tadla 0.
SAINT CLARE (79) – Santos 24, de Mesa 16, Principe 14, Boac 7, Lumabas 5, Alcober 5, Catura 4, Puspus 4.
Period Scores: 16-14, 29-43, 52-64, 81-79.