670 Sonics coaches vow for better showing in PH caging


670 Sonics U16’s Khristian Itaas, fifth left, shows his Most Improved Player award during the closing ceremony for the 3rd Dreamers International Basketball Tournament in the Philippines last Wednesday. (Contributed Photo)

A much improved 670 Sonics team will show up the next time the group competes in the Dreamers International Basketball Tournament in the Philippines.

670 Sonics U18 coach Omar Ajoste, in an interview with the event organizers at the conclusion of the tournament last Wednesday, said having experienced the high level of play of teams from the Philippines, Guam, and Canada gave their players a clear perspective on what they need to work on with their game to keep up with their competitors.

“The guys did their best in every game, but still we have a lot of things to work on after playing against teams from the Philippines, Guam and Canada. When we come back to Saipan, we will work on those areas so when we compete again in the Philippines, we will be a better team,” Ajoste said.

“We struggled early in the tournament, but we’re able to work on our game and chemistry towards the end, so that’s a good thing. We will return to practice and make the adjustments,” he added.

Adrian Flores, who handled the 670 Sonics’ U16 crew, said the PH tournament was an eye-opener for the squad, especially for his players who are just starting to improve their skills after switching to basketball.

“Some of our players were into soccer before and just moved to basketball for a year or two so it’s a great experience for them to compete here. We will continue to develop them and comeback here with a stronger team,” Flores said.

Flores’ squad got only one win in the tournament, while the 670 Sonics’ U18 crew dropped all their games. Despite their dismal showing in the competition, two 670 Sonics players were recognized during the event’s closing ceremony. Emmanuel Cobacha of the U18 team and U16’s Khristian Itaas were handed the Most Improved Player awards.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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