Armatech’s Chevy Kate Alipio and Rollers 1’s Mike Espinosa were named most valuable players in the 2014 Tan Holdings Basketball Classic that concluded last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.
Alipio took the MVP honors in the women’s division, while Espinosa earned the same distinction in the boys U19 age group.
Alipio won the most coveted individual award for leading Armatech to a perfect record in the six-team league. She was among the top scorers on the Armatech, which swept the elimination round. In the finals, the Saipan Southern High School standout drilled a clutch basket that saved Armatech’s title bid. Alipio hit a baseline shot after IT&E moved within a point, 39-40. Armatech went on to escape with a 44-42 title win against IT&E.
In the boys U19 division, the MVP award was a sort of consolation for Espinosa, as his Rollers 1 fell to the 670 Sonics in last weekend’s finale, 64-66.
Before the finals loss, Espino helped Rollers 1 top the elimination round with its 5-1 record.
Both Espinosa and Alipio received medals from Tan Holdings vice president Eli Arago during the awards ceremony.
Arago also handed out awards to members of the Mythical Team. The Sonics’ Jack Aranda led the selection in the boys U19 division and was joined by Rollers 2’s Dalton Dancoe, Dream Team’s Ignacio Borja, the Ol’Aces Tristan Montes, and Kagman Risers’ Jesse Santos.
In the women’s division, Shirley’s Coffee Shop’s Jeraldine Castillo made the elite group, which also had Fiesta Resort’s Friendly Joy Pena, IT&E’s Kyla Ito, Kanoa Resort’s Kelsey Lizama, and Sun Palace Hotel’s Marlene Lumabi.