PARANAQUE CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School maintained their undefeated streak and became the first school to barge into the semifinals of the 26th National Capital Region Athletic Association after they clipped Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna, 72-69, Monday morning at Olivarez College. Kurt Sunga missed out on a triple double by a single rebound but his all-around effort was enough to push the Mariners and overcome foul trouble to team leader Bryan Hilario.
Hilario already incurred three fouls in the first half and immediately picked up his fourth in the opening minute of the third period. However, Sunga led the rest of the team in stepping up as they overturned their four-point deficit at halftime into a 53-43 edge entering the final period.
Lyceum fought back and came to within three after a Jerome Santos basket with 49 seconds to go, 69-72. Sunga almost put his effort to naught by committing a turnover to open the door for the Pirates but Shawn Algire missed his triple at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.
Despite foul trouble, Hilario returned to knock in key baskets in the fourth period and still top the Mariners with 22 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. Sunga had a final stat line of 16 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.
Jem Carlos de Ocampo led the Pirates with 18 points and seven assists. Santos was next with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
How They Scored:
P M M S (72) – Hilario 22, Sunga 16, Attas 10, Carvajal 7, Palomares 7, Bautista 4, Gabat 3, Cabauatan 2, Briones 1, Sosing 0, Testa 0, Templo 0.
LYCEUM-LAGUNA (69) – de Ocampo 18, Santos 17, Algire 10, Macatangay 5, Natanauan 4, Albaira 4, Decena 3, Aranda 3, Liu 3, Rubio 2, Terrones 0, Tandang 0.
Period Scores: 14-12, 29-33, 53-43, 72-69.