Black Mamba gains share of lead; Vendetta on a roll

Black Mamba’s Alex Lauron goes up for a shot against Spigen’s Gerald Aniciete in an earlier game in the IT&E-sponsored Ali’i Blue Haus caging. Lauron scored 31 points in their 90-79 victory over White Haus last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Black Mamba moved on top, while Vendetta continued its spoiler role in the closing stages of the regular season of the 2nd Ali’i Blue Haus Invitational Basketball.

Black Mamba defeated White Haus, 90-79, for an 8-2 record and a share of the lead with idle Silencer last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

As expected, Alex Lauron and White Capalad teamed up in lifting Black Bamba no another win after scoring more than half of the squad’s total points. Lauron sizzled for 31 points, but not to be left behind was Capalad, who registered 30 markers.

Capalad capped Black Mamba’s long-game domination of White Haus by drilling his team’s last 6 markers. His string of 7 markers midway and final 5 points of Black Mamba in the second quarter gave his squad a double-digit lead at the break, 50-37.

Lauron, on the other hand, started things out for Black Mamba, as the mobile big man made 10 points in the first quarter, which ended with the winning team ahead by 9, 29-20.

Lauron and Capalad continued to do the damage for Black Mamba in the second half to preserve their twin-digit lead en route to their eighth victory in 10 games.

With the loss, White Haus dropped to a 5-4 record and is not assured yet of a slot to the playoffs. White Haus was playing Empe Light (3-6) last night and results of their game were unavailable at press time. Only the Top 8 teams will advance to the playoffs and four spots have been filled.

Meanwhile, another squad in danger of not making it to the next stage of the competition is Team Sawi, which fell to a 4-5 slate after absorbing a loss to Vendetta, 84-70.

Vendetta, which is out of playoff contention, rolled to its third straight win. Gino Libuw towed Vendetta to victory after exploding for 38 points. Ed Pangelinan and Raymark Castro also finished in twin digits for Vendetta, recording 17 and 16, respectively.

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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