DYS nosed out KFC/Taco Bell, 38-36, in a battle of undefeated teams in U15 division of the 22nd Annual Saipan Rotary Club Youth Basketball League last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
Djay March Ong saved the day for DYS, making a buzzer-beating layup to lift his team to a 3-0 record and the solo lead in the six-team field. KFC slid to second place with its 2-1 mark.
Ong’s game-winning basket came after Kobee Mendoza missed a jumper near the foul line. Ong was at the right place at the right time, as he picked up the leather after Mendoza’s airball shot, and quickly went up for the shot. Besides hitting the crucial basket Ong also top-scored for DYS, firing 18 markers.
The DYS frontliner put his team on the board after a scoreless first quarter and went on to notch three more field goals to slice KFC’s lead to 1 at the break, 18-19. Ong continued to lead DYS’ offense in the third period to grab the lead from KFC, 29-25, and completed his heroics last weekend with the buzzer-beating basket.
Ol’Aces 33, Rebelholics 32
The second game in the U15 division also had a down-to-the-wire finish with the Ol’Aces slipping past the Rebelholics in overtime.
The Ol’Aces canned four free throws in the extension period to edge the Rebelholics and improve to a 2-1 record. Rebelholics fell to a 1-2 card for a share of fourth to fifth place with the Rollers.
Erwin Olopai and K.J. Nabors connected on two charities apiece in overtime, while Rudy Lazaro made the two field goals for the Ol’Aces, who are bannered by Tinian players. Olopai also drilled the basket that sent the game into extra five minutes.
Nabors paced the Ol’Aces with his 12 points, while Olopai and Lazaro combined for 15. Kyle Rios led the Rebelholics with his 9 markers.
Rollers 37, DA Projects 22
The Rollers entered the win column after a 0-2 start, following a rout of the winless DA Projects (0-3).
The Rollers got off to a good start, taking a 12-2 lead and never looked back.
Aaron Ogumoro powered the Rollers to the easy win, nailing 11 points, while Emmanuel Cobacha and Henry Yu contributed 8 apiece. Three other Rollers players made it to the scoreboard, as they clearly dominated the young crew of DA Projects.
Duncan Laxa had 9 points for the DA Projects and he had only three other teammates helping him out on offense.
Rollers 37 – Ogumoro 11, Cobacha 8, Yu 8, Dela Cruz 6, Caracut 2, Mamaril 2.
DA Projects 22 – Du. Laxa 9, Itaas 6, Spencer 5, Litusquen 2.
Scoring by quarters: 12-2, 22-7, 28-19, 37-22.
Ol’Aces 33 – Nabors 12, Olopai 8, Lazaro 7, Epity 4, Magofna 2.
Rebelholics 32 – Rios 9, Deocares 7, Retan 4, Sagun 4, Abobo 3.
Scoring by quarters: 5-4, 16-13, 21-17, 25-25, 33-32.
DYS 38 – Ong 18, Mendoza 5, Flores 5, De Leon 4, Ellama 3, Cenir 2.
KFC/Taco Bell 36 – Morales 7, Fidelino 6, Espinosa 6, Ogasawara 5, Francisco 3, Cruz 3, Borromeo 2.
Scoring by quarters: 0-8, 18-19, 29-25, 38-36.