Proa outlasted IT&E's Rollers A, 33-30, during the first U17 game in the 2012 Docomo Pacific Summer Youth Basketball League last Monday at the Garapan Basketball Court.
Proa and IT&E Rollers A were knotted up at midpoint, 16-all, and it was evident that this match was going to come down to the last possession.
Chris Mizer went on to lift Proa to the close win with his seven points in the final half, while Irvyn Malonzo, Prince Factor, and Lixing Dai provided a handful for IT&E Rollers A, but still dropped the game.
Factor scored six points in the tight second half, but Proa's well balanced attack triumphed in the end. Six different Proa players helped grind out the win.
In other results, Loving Hands Daycare toppled Safety 1st in the second U17 game, 50-35, while Shottas overcame Rollers A, 39-35, and the Peace Makers routed Hi-5, 37-20, in the U25 matches played last Saturday.
Loving Hands built a 25-18 halftime lead. It hit two shots from downtown and drew a couple of buckets from Bryl Alegre, Emerson Feria, and Nevin Salem to take the upperhand.
Renen Lansang then came off the bench in the second half for Loving Hands and delivered seven markers, as his team ran away with it in the end.
Safety 1st was simply unable to make a stand on the defensive end and wilted in the late minutes.
In the first U25 game, Shottas fell behind early, 17-23, as Rollers A's Paul Camacho and Jester Kaipat lit up the board with seven points apiece.
The Shottas regrouped at intermission and buckled down on defense to pull off the come-from-behind win.
Rollers A was held to just 11 points in the second half, while a handful of Shottas put a hand on the recovery.
Eugene Manglona carried the torch for Shottas and led the second-half rally with seven points. He finished with 14, while Camacho mustered 11 on the short end.
In the second game, Peace Makers jumped out to a 16-7 lead at halftime, thanks largely to a pair of early threes of Jason Lizama.
Hi-5's Eric Atalig scrambled for six markers in the second half, but did not receive enough support, while different Peace Makers players hit the board at crunch time for the double-digit winning margin.
Juan Camacho led Peace Makers' charge in the second half with seven points. He and Lizama combined for 21 in the runaway, while Atalig managed eight in defeat.
Matches in the youth caging will continue this week with U25's R-Rebels taking on Hi-5 this Friday at 5:30pm and the Saints colliding with GVH at 6:30pm. Then on Monday, U17's Rollers 16B meets the Cougars at 5:30pm, while and IT&E Rollers B squares off against Rollers Basketball Club's Agape crew at 6:30pm.
Proa 33 - Mizer 10, Palacios 5, Aguilar 5, Mendoza 4, Capuyon 3, W. Camacho 2, Deleon Guerrero 2.
IT&E Rollers A 30 - Factor 12, Malonzo 8, Dai 7, Kwon 2, Ano 1.
Scoring by halves: 16-16, 33-30
Loving Hands 50 - Salem 8, Alegre 7, Ito 7, Aranda 6, Lansang 6, Feria 6, Escalada 3, Ramos 3, De Guzman 2, Javier 2.
Safety 1st 35 - Darag 12, Dela Rosa 10, Mancao 4, B Manibusan 4, Eswota 3, T. Caro 2.
Scoring by halves: 25-18, 50-35.
Shottas 39 - Manglona 14, Olomai 7, Z Babauta 7, Santos 5, R. Babauta 3, E. Caro 2.
Rollers A 34 - P. Camacho 11, Kaipat 9, Kapwich 4, Mizer 4, Laniyo 4, Teregeyo 2.
Scoring by halves: 17-23, 39-34.
Peace Makers 37 - J. Camacho 11, J. Lizama 10, Nuique 4, Jung 4, La. Reyes 4, R. Camacho 2, Lu. Reyes 2.
Hi-5 20 - Atalig 8, Hockett 4, Aldan 3, Manibusan 2, F Machahito 2, G. Machahito 1.
Scoring by halves: 16-7, 37-20.