San Antonio returned to action after a nearly month-long break and coasted past Island Manpower, 65-54, in the second game in the 2nd DL Corp. Invitational Basketball League last Friday night at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
The win was only second in as many games for San Antonio, which debuted with a 69-63 victory over C&J Signs Cherries on Oct. 2 and never played since then as its succeeding games were called off due to the inclement weather.
A malfunction scoreboard would have extended San Antonio’s inactivity had the team from the south side and Island Manpower lost patience as organizers worked on the technical problems. Finally, the game originally set for 8pm started past 9pm with Island Manpower opening an 8-2 lead before folding up slowly past the halfway mark of the opening canto.
By the end of the first period, San Antonio was already on top, 18-11, and it stretched the lead to as much as 19 points, as Island Manpower was held to 10 markers apiece in the next two quarters. San Antonio had a steady offense in the first three canto to take a 49-32, and protected the double-digit lead in the fourth with its balance offense.
Eight San Antonio players drilled at least two field goals apiece to back up the 11 markers of Jaymark De Guzman, while Jack Aranda added 9.
Devero paced Island Manpower with his 14 points, but missed a lot of close range shots in the first half, allowing San Antonio to pull away. He made only four field goals and muffed a lot of shots from the free throw line.
Saipan Ice 74, Kixx Engine Oil 67
In the first game, Saipan Ice defeated Kixx Engine Oil.
The trio of Derrick Rangamar, Treat Kaipat, and Ray Saralu teamed up in lifting Saipan Ice to the 7-point win. Rangamar had 15 points, while Kaipat and Saralu contributed 13 each. Rangamar drilled 7 straight points in the fourth quarter to keep Saipan Ice’s distance, while Saralu scored the team’s last two baskets. Kaipat had only 2 points in the fourth, but his consistent contribution in the first three periods helped Saipan Ice protect the driver’s seat at the end of each quarter.
Saipan Ice led by three after the first canto, 24-21, with the trio combining for 14 points. The team remained on top in the next two quarters, 39-36, 56-52, as Rangamar and company kept going, while Kixx leaned heavily on Edgar Pangelinan.
Pangelinan finished with a game-high 23 points and only drew help from Junar Guiab and Sam Fernandez late in the match with Saipan Ice still having the momentum.
Saipan Ice & Water 74 – Rangamar 15, Kaipat 13, R. Saralu 13, Villanueva 8, Cayading 7, N. Saralu 5, Camacho 2.
Kixx Engine Oil 67 – Pangelinan 23, Guiab 17, Fernandez 12, Lansang 4, Patawaran 4, Tibayan 2.
Scoring by quarters: 24-21, 39-36, 56-52, 74-67.
San Antonio 65 – De Guzman 11, Aranda 9, Alegre 4, Cadiang 4, Manaluz 4, J.P. Villanueva 4, Je. Villanueva 4, Del Rosario 4, Espinosa 4, Caro 4.
Island Manpower 54 – Devero 14, Rebuyon 12, Esteves 8, Capuyon Jr. 6, Esconde 4, Gonzales 3, Capuyon Sr. 2, Espinosa 2.
Scoring by quarters: 18-11, 35-21, 49-32, 65-54.