The CT Kings and ICS Shooters bagged their second win in the DLX/Anchor Strong Invitational Basketball League after downing separate opponents in contrasting fashion last Friday night at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
In the first game, the ICS Shooters (2-3) coasted to a 73-62 victory in their Division B duel against JWS (1-3), while in Division A pairing, the CT Kings (2-1) slipped past Saipan TV (2-3), 62-61.
Preston Basa made the winning basket for the CT Kings, connecting on a triple from left key with 26 seconds left in the closely fought match. Saipan TV then muffed its multiple chances of stealing the victory, missing at least four shots with the last one off an inside attempt from Brendon Talania.
The crucial trey was Basa's only field goal in the fourth quarter, but he still top-scored for the CT Kings with his 13 markers, matching the output of Pete Lizama.
Lizama had a strong start for the Kings, nailing 11 points in the opening period to lift his team to a 21-12 lead. Lizama was then held to two free throws in the second canto, while Bernard Aquino started to hit up, drilling two triples and 8 points to put Saipan TV on top at the break, 33-32.
The game remained tight in the third with Basa closing out the quarter with 5 straight points to keep the deficit to a hair, 50-51. The fourth quarter was then a seesaw battle with Justin Zapanta answering every basket from Saipan TV with his 10 points and Basa helping him out in the end.
In the curtain raiser, the ICS Shooters was on target in the final canto to turn a close match to the 11-point victory.
The ICS Shooters hung on to a shaky 49-48 lead after the third when Myler David and Renan Lansang teamed up in the fourth-quarter assault. Lansang dropped all his 12 markers in the final canto, while David chipped in 8, as the ICS Shooters outgunned JWS in the fourth, 24-14. JWS made only five field goals and only Rodmar Diaz canned more than two baskets and connected them when the game was already in the bag for the ICS Shooters.
David paced the ICS Shooters with his 27 points, while Resty Corotan also finished in twin digits with 10. White Capalad led JWS with his 13 markers, but was scoreless in the fourth canto.
ICS Shooters 73 - David 27, R. Lansang 12, Corotan 10, Guntar 4, Mallari 4, Enriquez 4, E. Lansang 4, Tala 2.
JWS 62 - Capalad 13, Canoy 12, Bisana 9, Lagado 7, Diaz 6, Barrozo 4, Saplan 2, Daproza 2.
Scoring by quarters: 13-14, 38-44, 49-48, 73-62.
CT Kings 62 - Basa 13, Lizama 13, Quizon 12, Zapanta 10, Teregeyo 9, Acosta 6.
Saipan TV 61 - Aquino 17, Alipio 14, Wesley 10, Reyes 9, Talania 4, Anasan 2.
Scoring by quarter: 21-12, 32-33, 50-51, 62-61.