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Mariners capture NCRAA crown

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PHILIPPINE Merchant Marine School bucked a slow start to repulse gritty Olivarez College, 71-64 and rule the  22nd National Capital Region Athletic Association men’s basketball championship yesterday at the Makati Coliseum.
Most Valuable Player Jess Nicole Quilatan, Sany Jay Trinidad, Rocky Antonares and Domark Matillano supplied the firepower as the Mariners used a crippling third quarter attack to subdue the  Sea Lions.
‘‘My players played with their hearts out. Our adjustments worked very well,’’ said PMMS coach Aldrin Morante.
The Mariners needed double-overtime to beat the Sea Lions, 87-85 in  Game 1 of the best-of-three title series.
Quilatan also headed the Mythical Five which included teammate Jake Israel Yagonia, Olivarez’s Mark Ollano and Previl Bermudez and PSBA-QC star forward Aristotle Dionisio.
In women’s basketball finals, reigning  National State Colleges and  Universities titleholder Rizal Technological University  leaned on the heady plays of MVP Wiz Duano and the sweet-shooting tandem of Angelica Jaberto and Rogelyn Inoferio to  sweep Emilio Aguinaldo  College-Cavite, 75-54.
RTU Thunder salvaged third place in men’s basketball after shocking PSBA-QC Jaguars, 91-87.
NCRAA president Crispulo ‘‘Pipo’’Onrubia and  members of the board graced the awarding ceremonies.