Saipan Ice and the Chinatown Saints were in a deadlock, 56-all, in the rained-out match in the 2nd DL Corp. Invitational Basketball League last Saturday night at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
The match was suspended at the 3:26 mark of the fourth quarter with Saipan Ice in possession, as rain poured for the second time around, making the court unplayable. The match was first halted by rain at the 4:04 mark of the final canto with the game also tied, 54-all, and Saipan Ice’s Derrick Rangamar about to cross midcourt to set up his team’s offense.
The Saints-Saipan Ice tiff turned into a close match in the closing minutes of the fourth frame after Chinatown recovered from a 15-point halftime deficit, 24-39. Chinatown began its comeback bid midway in the third period when it held Saipan Ice scoreless and forced a standoff for the first time since the 2-2 count in the opening canto.
Chinatown had a 14-0 windup in the last five minutes of the third quarter and kept Saipan Ice cold in the early minutes of the fourth canto to grab the lead, 50-47. Saipan Ice then managed to regain the upper hand, as it nailed a 7-0 run capped by Dave Camacho’s triple. However, Chinatown moved closer anew and eventually tied the match before organizers finally called it a night and gave in to Mother Nature.
The match will resume on a later date, along with the Docomo Pacific-Adobo game that was also scheduled that night. Two more games last Friday were also reset due to rain.
The weather was cooperative when Saipan Ice and Chinatown started the curtain-raiser and the former drew field goals from five different players to take a 20-11 lead. Chinatown made only four field goals to play catch up from the opening tip.
Saipan Ice continued to pull off surprises off the bench with Camacho providing instance offense off his outside shots to help the team up its lead to twin digits at the break, 39-24. Camacho scored 9 points in that period, including a triple.
After dominating the first half, Saipan Ice had a meltdown in the second, as it scored only four field goals in the third canto, while Pete Lizama and Rodney Sacramento teamed up in several touchdown plays to bring Chinatown back in the game.