4th-quarter surge lifts Joeten 2 over Mobil


Joeten 2’s Yoshi Mafnas, left, goes up for a undergoal stab against Mobil’s Alvin Almario during their game in the 2018 JP World Corp. Customer Appreciation Basketball League last Tuesday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Joeten 2 poured it all in the fourth quarter to top Mobil, 89-70, during their game in the 2018 JP World Corp. Customer Appreciation Basketball League last Tuesday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

Joeten 2 more than doubled Mobil’s output in the final canto, 29-11, to take the victory.

Twelve of Joeten 2’s total points in the fourth frame came from the 3-point area and the team spread the wealth, too, to turn a 60-62 deficit at the end of the third period to a double-digit winning margin.

Ian Oracion made one of those triples, as he finished with a team-high 24 points. He earlier had five triples to keep his team in the game in the first three periods. Three more Joeten 2 players scored in twin digits to back up Oracion. Ramon Agulto tallied 17 points, including 8 in the fourth frame, while J.P. Cruz and Bennett William added 12 and 10, respectively.

Jun Estolas had 28 for Mobil, but was held to 3 points in the their fourth-quarter collapse. Mobil was limited to five field goals in the final frame with only Alvin Almario registering more than one basket for the losing squad.

Star Water 69, Triple J 55
Star Water recovered from a dismal showing in the first quarter to beat Triple J in the second game.

After scoring only 4 points in the opening period, Star Water clawed its way back into the game in the second canto and completed the recovery in the second half after outgunning Triple J, 47-22.

With Star Water facing a 4-19 deficit going into the second quarter, Christian Itaas scored 10 points and Edwin Santos added 6 to bring their squad within 2 at the break, 31-33.

When the game resumed, Santos played even better, adding 10 markers. The Star Water big man also found an ally in Rommel Dizon in the third quarter with the latter chipping in 7 points to put their team in the driver’s seat, 49-45.

Santos’ production alone in the penultimate frame was enough to outscore the entire Triple J crew, which tallied only 9 points off two field goals. Triple J continued to fall in the final quarter, while Itaas, after failing to score in the third, finished strong with his 10 points to hand Star Water the victory.

First Game
Star Water 69—K. Itaas 22, Santos 17, Dizon 10, Gaviola 10, Marzan 4, Manas 2, Ezra 2.
Triple J 55—Cobacha 21, Mamaril 14, Abobo 8, Jarabe 3, Inos 3, Patron 3.
Scoring by quarters: 4-19, 31-33, 49-45, 69-55.

Second Game
Joeten 2 89—Oracio 24, Agulto 17, Cruz 12, William 10, Mafnas 7, Montoya 6, Garcia 5, Darondon 4.
Mobil 70—Estolas 28, Concepcion 14, Almario 13, Wenceslao 8, Torres 3, Aguilar 4.
Scoring by quarters: 19-15, 41-36, 60-62, 89-70.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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