MUNTINLUPA CITY – This time Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa made sure their home fans would go home happy as they disposed of visiting University of Makati, 96-75, in the main game of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) at the Muntinlupa Sports Center Thursday afternoon. All the Marshalls needed was a 9-0 run and then displayed great stability as they firmly held the upper hand until the final buzzer.
The Marshalls slightly led after engaging the Herons in a first period shootout, 28-25, then settled down by slowing the tempo and tightening their defense with Daniel Austria, Remart Argana and Cedric Aquino joining big man Lloyd Cabeguin in pulling away by halftime, 51-36. While the Herons proved to be a tough customer, their engine sputtered in the final period allowing Austria, Argana and Aquino to resume their scoring ways and put the finishing touches on the inspiring win and erasing the pain of their 89-93 defeat at the hands of PATTS College of Aeronautics a week ago.
After scoring 30 against PATTS, Austria continued his fine form with 25 points, five rebound and four assists but in a winning effort this time. Argana sank five triples for 21 points while Aquino tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.
CJ Dabbay paced the Herons with 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Clark Kim Ongpauco chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds. The Herons are now tied with National College of Business of Arts at 1-5 and the two schools will dispute the sixth and final playoff spot from Group B when they play each other on February 23 at PATTS.
How They Scored:
MUNTINLUPA (96) – Austria 25, Argana 21, Aquino 12, Lambohon 12, Cabeguin 10, Aljecera 7, Gemao 3, Medina 2, Co 2, Buhat 2, Iglopas 0, Santos 0, Lebii 0, Moguies 0, de la Cruz 0.
MAKATI (75) – Dabbay 27, Ongpauco 14, Redoblado 10, Viray 8, Burata 6, Ergina 6, Patricio 2, Yanday 2, Fermilan 0.
Period Scores: 28-25, 51-36, 66-56, 96-75.