The Rollers 1 trotted past a desperate Hi-5, 62-33, during the third U16 game in the 2012 Saipan Rotary Club Youth Basketball League last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
The victory was third in a row for the Rollers 1, while unfortunately for Hi-5 the third time was not a charm, as the latter is still searching for the elusive first win.
Irvyn Malonzo scrambled for 6 markers in the opening period to help the Rollers 1 double-up Hi-5, 14-7. The Rollers 1 then broke off the chain in the second quarter, thanks to a big defensive stand that led to their 34-13 margin at halftime.
As Hi-5 was stifled to just 6 points in the second quarter, Malonzo added 5 more points to his total, while Braylan Floresca contributed six in the later frame.
Hi-5 tried to posture a comeback after the intermission, but Rollers 1's offense had all pistons firing and found input from a handful of different players who cycled through the line changes.
Hi-5 buried a couple of three-pointers in the quarter attack, but fell too far behind, as CJ Morales slammed the door on their foe with a trio of baskets just before the final buzzer. Morales finished with 12 points, just a bucket behind Malonzo, while Hi-5's Jethro Cruz managed 8 on the short end.
Proa 72, CNMI Jr. Girls Nationals 22
In the curtain raiser, Matson Consulting-Proa shellacked the CNMI Junior Girls Nationals.
William Camacho cashed in on four quick hits out of the gate for 8 points to push Proa in front, 20-5, after the first quarter.
Proa then stuffed the CNMI Jr. Girls Nationals to a mere four points in the second period, as the former trudged further ahead at halftime, 32-9.
Dickey Feria and Kanoa Wanket chipped in two baskets apiece for Proa in the second frame and things went from bad to worse for the CNMI cagebelles, as their offense was again thwarted for the third time in a row. The Commonwealth bets could not get things going with the ball and crumbled in the third quarter to face a 12-53 deficit.
Feria and Mark Ogasawara teamed up for 13 points and received help from four others in the deal breaker period. It was all but over before the start of the final stanza and Proa went ahead and dumped a 19-point chunk on top of the rout.
Feria led three buddies in double figures with his 13 points, which Rachel Abrams matched to pace her team.
Rollers 2 85, D-South 33
The second game of the weekend also resulted in a lopsided win in favor of the Rollers 2.
Mike Cenir fronted a mixed group of donors with 6 points in the first quarter to help the Rollers 2 establish a big 24-4 advantage.
Jonne Cadua and Jun Fidelino then shouldered the load for the Rollers 2 in the second period, as they made 6 points apiece, while D-South's offense remained flat.
D-South managed to string together some baskets after the break, but the Rollers 2 kept the pressure on and pulled away, 59-21, entering the final canto.
During the burst, Rollers 2 found the hot hand in Mike Espinosa, who tallied 9 points, and although D-South's production improved every quarter, the group was outmatched by what was purely a better-prepared challenger.
Fidelino and John Darag jointly inserted the dagger with their combined 14 points in garbage time, and the former led three teammates in double digits with his 16 markers. D-South's June Alipio scuttled for 15 under fire.
Matson Proa 72 - D. Feria 13, Camacho 12, Wanket 12, Ogasawara 10, Mendoza 9, T. Palacios 8, Deleon 4, Amog 2, Manalili 2.
CNMI Jr. Girls 22 - Abrams 13, Ito 4, Rena 2, Alegre 2, Williams 1.
Scoring by quarters: 20-5, 32-9, 53-12, 72-22.
Rollers 2 85 - Fidelino 16, Espinosa 13, Cadua 10, Cenir 10, Darag 8, Deocares 8, Kwon 6, Amada 4, Bucayo 4, Ellama 4.
D-South 33 - J. Alipio 15, C. Alipio 8, Bondoc 4, J. Francisco 4, Oscar 2.
Scoring by quarters: 24-4, 42-11, 59-21, 85-33.
Rollers 1 62 - Malonzo 14, Morales 12, Ano 8, E. Feria 8, Floresca 6, Iglesias 6, Factor 4, Deluna 2, Rios 2.
Hi-5 33 - Cruz 8, W Francisco 5, Aldan 4, Diyco 4, Ocaya 3, Pangelinan 3, Cristobal 2 Mercene 2, A, Francisco 2.
Scoring by quarters: 14-7, 34-13, 48-21, 62-33.