Ali’i/Blue Haus keeps streak; Cuadro PS wins

Ali’i/Blue Haus prevailed in the battle of undefeated teams after edging Stephen’s Pawnshop, 92-85, in the first game in the 2017 San Antonio Summer Basketball League last Wednesday at the San Antonio court.

Angelo Fernando and Lerio Pagarao hit timely baskets in the fourth quarter and Ali’i/Blue Haus also knocked in clutch free throws to take the 7-point win and extend the team’s streak to four. Stephen’s Pawnshop absorbed its first loss after four matches.

Cuadro PS’ Webster Gontar, left, is fouled by a Kagman defender during the third quarter of their game in the San Antonio summer caging last Wednesday at the San Antonio court. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Cuadro PS’ Webster Gontar, left, is fouled by a Kagman defender during the third quarter of their game in the San Antonio summer caging last Wednesday at the San Antonio court. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Fernando and Pagarao were among the double figurer scorers for Ali’i/Blue Haus as the former earned 13 points, 6 of them came in the final canto, while the latter had 4 of his 10 markers in the payoff frame. Elmer Esdrelon led Ali’i/Blue Haus’ balance scoring with his 14 markers, while Brendon Talania and Marlon De Dios chipped in 11 each, and Darwin Barbo contributed 10.

Stephen’s Pawnshop also had multiple players breaking into twin digits, but just could not slip past Ali’i/Blue Haus in the second half after going neck-and-neck with the eventual winner in the first 20 minutes of play.

The first half ended with Ali’i/Blue Haus holding a shaky lead, 50-49, while the opposing teams were even after the opening canto, 23-23. Ali’i/Blue Haus then gained more cushion in the third canto, 75-70, thanks to the combined 13 points of Talania and Esdrelon. Then in the fourth canto, it was the turn of Pagarao and Fernando to join forces in keeping Ali’i/Blue Haus in the driver’s seat against the young guns of Stephen’s Pawnshop, which played without Douglas Schmidt.

Meanwhile, Frank Ferrer fired 27 points, while Sid Quan chipped in 15 to lift Cuadro PS to victory against Kagman.

The nightcap was also a close game, but Cuadro PS prevailed in the end, thanks to its Top 2 scorers. Ferrer and Quan registered all of Cuadro PS’ points in the fourth quarter to cancel out the successive baskets of Trevor Ogumoro for Kagman.

In other results this week, Arianne Fish Mart and United Ballers posted contrasting wins last Monday. United Ballers pulled off a 70-67 triumph over Bolleros, while Arianne eased past Sweep Waters, 115-91.

First Game
Ali’i/Blue Haus 92 — Esdrelon 14, Fernando 13, Talania 11, De Dios 11, Barbo 10, Pagarao 10, Guiab 6, Berline 5, Peredo 5.

Stephen’s Pawnshop 85 — M. Duenas 18, Aranda 15, Rabasto 15, E. Duenas 13, Abuy 7, Joyner 6, Lewis 6.

Scoring by quarters: 23-23, 50-49, 75-70, 92-85.

Second Game
Cuadro PS 76 — Ferrer 27, Quan 15, Gamboa 10, Directo 6, Leyco 3, Gontar 3, Velasco 2, Estolas 2.

Kagman 70 — B. Babauta 15, Ogumoro 14, Camacho 9, Faisao 6, Palacios 4, hocog 4, Mettao 4, R. Babauta 4, Limes 4, Sablan 2, Satur 2, Magofna 2, Pangelinan 2.

Scoring by quarters: 14-21, 39-38, 58-54, 76-70.

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Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for 16 years. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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