DOMC, SFC gain semis
De Ocampo Memorial College outlasted Philippine Merchant Marine School, 102-97, in overtime, while St. Francis of Assisi College subdued Our Lady of Fatima University, 72-67, to arrange a semifinal showdown in the NAASCU Season 17 men’s basketball tournament at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila.
The Cobras, who completed a rare seven-game sweep in the elimination round in Group B, and the Doves will meet in a best-of-three semis starting next week.
Jhonard Clarito stood at the helm of the hard-earned victory of the Cobras with 34 points on 9-of-22 shooting in more than 33 minutes of action.
Clarito scored nine points in the extra period, including a three-point shot that put the Cobras ahead for good, 94-93, with 1:51 left, and three straight free throws after drawing a foul while taking a three-pointer with 60 seconds remaining.
Dahrrel Caranguian added 20 points and Peter Manalang had 12 points for the Ronnie Dojillomentored Cobras.
St. Francis rode on the heroics of Luke Parcero and Michael Cenita to slam the door on Fatima and reach the semis in only their firstcyear in the league.