Emerson Feria and Prince Factor came away as the most decorated recipients over the weekend during the Rotary Club of Saipan Youth Basketball League U16 and U20 awards presentations at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
U16 Rollers’ Feria was selected as the regular season most valuable player, while Rollers 1’s Factor was hailed as the U16 finals MVP and both young guns made the cut as U20 Fabulous Five selections alongside league scoring champion Ichitaro Faisao of Mariana Resort Proa, U20 MVP Jimmy Tudela of the Sonics, and Proa’s up-and-coming center Shane Deleon Guerrero-Diaz. Notably, Feria suited up for Hi-5’s U20 squad and Factor manned the post for U20’s Rollers 2.
The U20 awards were presented this past Friday evening by Basketball Association of the NMI’s talent officer, Elias Rangamar and Rotary Club Of Saipan members Richard Cody and Kelly Butcher.
Then the following morning, Rangamar and Butcher were joined by Rotary Club president Peter Shilling and Rotarian Laurie Peterka to pass out the U16 decorations.
Other individual awardees included U16Rollers 1’s C.J. Morales and U20 Sonics’ Nevin Salem. The former averaged 16.5 points per game on the year to nab his division’s scoring crown, while the latter was selected as the U20 finals MVP.
In turn, Feria and Morales each earned spots on the U16 Fab Five catalog alongside Matson Consulting Proa’s William Camacho, Hi-5’s Jethro Cruz, and Rollers 2’s Mike Espinosa.
Notably, the Top 4 place finishers of both divisions, in addition to a special pair of delegates who upheld good sportsmanship, all received team trophies.
Coupled with their respective championships, U20’s Sonics and U16’s Rollers 1 received pennant championship honors for each finishing out their seasons undefeated.
Other team awards included runner-up accolades for both Proa squads and second runner-up spoils going out to U20’s Hi-5 and U16’s Rollers 2, while U20’s Rollers 2 and U16’s Hi-5 received third runner-up team trophies.
The Team Sportsmanship awards went to U20’s Agape Torchbearers and U16’s Hi-5; and last, but not least, U20 Sonics’ Omar Ajoste and U16 Rollers 1’s Joe Diaz were deemed best coaches.
Upon receiving his trophy, Diaz expressed thanks to his wife, Verna Babauta, and assistant coach Fred Litulumar for all of their help day in and day out, while Ajoste extended a special added thanks to his sponsor Jesse Tudela with high hopes that the latter’s father, who has recently fallen ill, recovers.