Kensington, MJD take win No. 2


Armatech’s Alex Lauron drives baseline against a Pacific Postal Plus defender during the opening game in the IT&E Emon Lodge caging late last month at the Koblerville Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Kensington Hotel and MJD made it two in a row after downing their respective opponents in the IT&E Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 Mixed Masters Brotherhood Basketball League last Monday at the Koblerville Gymnasium.

In the curtain-raiser, Kensington prevailed against Armatech, 63-60, while in the second match, MJD defeated Imperial Pacific, 75-58. With their 2-0 records, MJD and Kensington now join Islander on top of the team standings in the 10-squad field, while Imperial Pacific is at the bottom with its 0-3 mark, and Armatech fell to a 1-1 slate.

MJD engaged Imperial Pacific in a close match in the first three periods before pulling away in the fourth. Ahead by only four after three quarters, 51-47, MJD spread the wealth in the final frame to earn a double-digit winning margin. Jun Tabora scored 6 points in the fourth canto, Marvin Rabauliman, Jaymark De Guzman, and Monico Usi added 4 each, and three others made at least one basket apiece in the breakaway.

Imperial Pacific collapsed in the pivotal fourth period after hitting only five field goals. Henry Cruzada was the lone Imperial Pacific player to knock in more than one basket in the last quarter.

In the other game last Monday, Arnold Arellano hit clutch baskets in the fourth quarter to help Kensington nip Armatech. He scored 9 points in the final canto, including the team’s last 4, while Jun Alipio and Elmer Pineda also made important shots in that period.

Meanwhile, PEGS recovered from its debut loss after outclassing Cellular Pro in last Saturday’s second game, 87-74.

Ron Gamboa scored 17 points for PEGS, which lost to Kensington in its first game. Gamboa got enough help from Joy Dayrit, Melvin Villarin, Tony Raho, and Geron who combined for 43 markers.

It was a come-from-behind win for PEGS, as Cellular Pro was on top after the third canto, 57-54, and even led by as much as 10 markers in the opening period. PEGS overhauled the deficit with Geron and Raho scoring 7 points each in the final canto and Dayrit, Gamboa, and Villarin contributing at least two baskets each.

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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