MANILA -- Their respective alma maters may be fierce basketball rivals but Santi Santillan and Anton Asistio set the rivalry aside as they joined forces for Marinerong Pilipino.

Santillan made 18 points, while Asistio added 14, and the Skippers defeated the SMDC-NU Bulldogs, 86-71, in the PBA D-League at the Paco Arena on Tuesday.

The former Green Archer actually finished with a double-double as he too grabbed 13 rebounds along with two assists and two steals.

The former Blue Eagle, on the other hand, made three triples while getting four boards.

"Yun na ang Anton Asistio at Santi Santillan na hinahanap namin (That’s what we are expecting from them)," said coach Yong Garcia.

Marinero outscored SMDC-NU, 28-14, in the second quarter to open a 47-29 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs responded with a 28-16 third quarter and cut the lead to just six, 63-57, with 10 minutes left.

But the Skippers finally pulled away midway through the fourth with a 15-2 run to open a lead as high as 21, 84-63, at the two-minute warning.

John Galinato made 17 points, three rebounds, and three assists for SMDC-NU, which fell to 0-2.

In the nightcap, the University of Santo Tomas survived a 46-point explosion from Joshua Munzon and subdued AMA, 113-108.

Chabi Yo made 25 points for the Growling Tigers, who dropped 44 points on the Titans in the final quarter to steal the win to move up to 2-0.

The Scores:

First Game

MARINERONG PILIPINO 86 -- Santillan 18, Asistio 14, Wamar 13, Mendoza 11, Reyes 9, Apreku 9, A. Aquino 4, Bunag 3, Victoria 3, Gamboa 2, Bonifacio 0, Garcia 0.

SMDC-NU 71 -- Galinato 17, S. Ildefonso 16, D. Ildefonso 13, Mangayao 5, Clemente 5, Diputado 5, Gallego 4, Minerva 2, Oczon 2, Rangel 2, Gaye 0, Tibayan 0, Malonzo 0, Chatman 0, Sinclair 0.

Quarters: 19-15, 47-29, 63-57, 86-71.

Second Game

UST 113 -- Chabi Yo 25, Concepcion 20, Subido 19, Abando 19, Nonoy 14, Lee 8, Ando 4, Mahinay 4, Paraiso 0, Pangilinan 0, Zamora 0.

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 108 -- Munzon 46, Johnson 21, Rike 13, Dela Virgen 10, Tambeling 8, Montalbo 6, Yu 2, Liwag 2, Asuncion 0, Paras 0, Parcero 0, Bederi 0.

Quarters: 25-21, 48-49, 69-78, 113-108 (PNA)