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Friday, April 18, 2014

Rollers 3 climbs to solo lead

Rollers 3’s Christian Morales, left, and Wilfredo Francisco, right, hound Rollers 1’s Jaron Ano during the second half of their game in the Sun Palace caging last week at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium. (ROSELYN B. MONROYO) Rollers 3 snatched the solo No. 1 spot in the boys division of the 2013 Sun Palace Christmas Basketball Tournament after whipping Rollers 5, 64-32, last Monday night at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

The division leader has a 4-1 record, one victory ahead of Rollers 2 (3-1). The Rollers 3 was scheduled to play Dream Team (0-3) last night for its penultimate game in the round-robin elimination and another victory would give the former the first playoff berth.

Only the Top 4 teams will advance to the playoff round and Rollers 5 is in danger of missing the cut after falling to a 0-5 record. Other teams gunning for playoff sets are Rollers 1 (2-1), Rollers 4 (2-2), and FTMP (2-1). Rollers 1 and FTMP squared off in the other boys division match last night.

Rollers 3 zeroed in on a playoff berth after dominating Rollers 5 from start to finish. Rollers 3 built an early twin-digit lead, 28-16, and kept going in the second half to double up Rollers 5.
Kyle Rios, Christian Morales, and Wilfredo Francisco worked together in the opening half for Rollers 3 with the former hitting back-to-back triples in the closing minutes of the first frame and finishing the period with 8 points. Morales and Francisco chipped in 6 markers apiece in the first half, which saw Rollers 5 struggled to find a player that could have jumpstarted the team’s offense.

Five different players scored for Rollers 5 in the first half, but no one clearly stepped up, as Ylac Caracut, Emmanuel Cobacha, and Aaron Ogumoro hit only two field goal apiece. With no one to turn to, Rollers 5 fell behind further in the second half.
Rollers 3, on the other hand, had a new set of players keeping the team’s offense going in the second half with Jedd Cudia dropping all her 7 points in the final frame, Jun Alipio also drilling 7, and Angelo Factor contributing 5.

Meanwhile, elimination games in the Sun Palace tournament will continue this weekend. Tomorrow, Rollers 1 takes on Rollers 4 in the first game at 5:30pm; Tappers meets Wrecking Balls (girls division) at 6:30pm; and FTMP faces Rollers 2 at 7:30pm. Then on Saturday, Dream Team collides against Rollers 1 at 5:30pm, Futball duels Hula Girls at 6:30pm, and Rollers 4 battles Rollers 2 at 7:30pm.

Rollers 3 64 – Rios 13, Alipio 9, Factor 8, Francisco 8, Morales 8, Cudia 7, Among 5, Cruz 3, Kwon 2.
Rollers 5 32 – Caracut 10, Ogumoro 5, Mamaril 5, Alonzo 4, Cobacha 4, Yu 3.
Scoring by halves: 28-16, 64-32.

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