670 Gravity wins back-to-back in open division


670 Gravity’s Joseph Torres, seen here in a file photo, scored 29 points against Marianas Dental Center in their open division of the Inaugural SCLC Basketball League last Friday at the Gillette Multi-Purpose Gymnasium in Gualo Rai. (MARK RABAGO)

670 Gravity wasn’t fooling around last week as they won back-to-back games in the open division of the Inaugural SCLC Basketball League at the Gillette Multi-Purpose Gymnasium in Gualo Rai.

On April Fool’s last Friday, 670 Gravity nipped Marianas Dental Clinic, 87-85, in the opener. League leading scorer Joseph Torres did his most damage in the payoff period, as the sweet-shooting two-guard fired 11 of his 29 points.

The game was tight from the get-go with MDC taking a 24-22 lead after the first 10 minutes of action. 670 Gravity returned the favor in the second quarter and led 42-41 at the half. It was still a seesaw affair in the third with MDC leading, 65-62, heading into the fourth and final quarter, where Torres ultimately went berserk to lead 670 Gravity to its sixth win in 11 games. MDC, which was led by the 17 points apiece of Jude Tengco and Ariel Moises, dropped to 2-6.

The night before, 670 Gravity got win No. 5 after a 73-79 whipping of RNV Construction, which at that time was its ninth straight loss to start the season. Torres also paced 670 Gravity in that game with 23 markers.

In the second game last Friday, RNV Construction finally nailed its first win of the season after beating Royal Pacific, 73-55. Jun Ocampo and Pae Villacrusis combined for 37 points to lead RNV Construction to the breakthrough win. “Smoking” Jun Tabora paced Royal Pacific in the loss with 21 points. RNV Construction is now at 1-9, while Royal Pacific is at 2-6.

Vizion Insurance then improved to 5-3 after a 93-80 win over Supertech in the nightcap last April 1. Ronald Rueda fired 33 points and Rodel Pastrana 24 points in the win. Supertech lost its sixth game in seven outings.

On Thursday, Paradise Realty (6-3) held back HBR International (5-3), 78-73, in the first game. In the second game league-leading The Game (7-1) routed JTM, 78-57.

First Game
670 Gravity 87 – Torres 29, Bernardo 21, Macaraig 12, Solis 11, Gaviola 4, Agustin 4, Ramirez 4, Galulu 2.
MDC 85 – Tengco 17, Moises 17, Montes 16, Elchico 14, Apasan 9, Darag 4, Ferrer 3, Ren 2, Ibanez 2, Sembrano 1.
Scoring by quarters: 22-24, 42-41, 62-65, 87-85.

Second Game
RNV Construction 73 – Ocampo 20, Villacrusis 17, Taroya 8, Villamel 8, Vargas 6, Dait 4, Malonzo 2, Casau 2, Roldan 2, Zapanta 2.
Royal Pacific 55 – J. Tabora 21, Roma 11, Fundador 10, A. Tabora 4, Lazatin 4, Cadan 2, Daya 2.
Scoring by quarters: 27-15, 38-34, 57-46, 73-55.

Third Game
Vizion Insurance 93 – Rueda 33, Pastrana 24, Bungabong 14, Regaton 8, Daseo 6, Capuyon 4, Ramos 3, Baul 2.
Supertech 80 – Daluyen 26, Tibayan 13, Ege 12, Caraig 11, Santos 9, Estores 6, Sulabo 2, Agulto 2.
Scoring by quarters: 28-18, 45-37, 72-59, 95-80.

Mark Rabago | Associate Editor
Mark Rabago is the Associate Editor of Saipan Tribune. Contact him at Mark_Rabago@saipantribune.com

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