NCRAA: PMMS, Olivarez College prevail over foes

Philippine Merchant Marine School (PMMS) and Olivarez College routed their respective rivals Monday, Mar. 13, in the 29th NCRAA men’s basketball at the Paco Arena in Manila.

PMMS overpowered Bestlink Colleges of the Philippines (BCP), 73-62, to clinch its second straight victory while Olivarez thrashed Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS), 100-67, to jumpstart its title bid.

Michael Sosing flirted with a triple-double performance of 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals for PMMS, which dictated the pace throughout and led by as many as 19 points, 58-39, late in the third quarter.

PMMS also got a big lift from Joaquin Octavio, who fired 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

Bryan Boliver and Jericho Cu conspired for 27 points and 32 rebounds in a losing effort for Bestlink, which fell to 0-2.

Five players, meanwhile, scored in double figures for Olivarez, which notched its first victory.

Edmund Dela Cruz and Iverson Aquiatan paced with 13 points apiece, while Jayboy Solis, John Escalante and John Umali chipped in 10 points each.

Olivarez waxed hot early with a 26-12 first-quarter lead before padding the lead to 48-31 at the half and never looked back since then.

Alexis Himan and Vince Miranda scored 18 and 14 points for AIMS, which evened its win-loss tally to 1-1 following an 80-77 win over Saint Dominic College of Asia in Friday’s opener.

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