Blue Babes splits games

Blue Babes’ Gillian Villagomez, center, dribbles in between the defense of CTSI’s Madeleine Alegre, left, and Mikki Kautz during their women’s open division game in the Saipan leg of the 3×3 Hoopfest Marianas 2017 last Wednesday night at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Blue Babes posted mixed results in its pair of games in the women’s open division of the Saipan leg of the 3×3 Hoopfest Marianas 2017 last Wednesday night at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Blue Babes first played against CTSI and won, 6-3. Tawnie Manibusan scored 3 points, while, Quina Flores and Gillian Villagomez had 2 and 1, respectively. Jasmine Phan, Dianne Pablo, and Michelle Kautz each scored a point for CTSI.

Next up for Blue Babes was HiDaze and the latter earned an 11-7 triumph over the former. Mary Kay Alferos and Chevy Alipio made 5 points each to lead HiDaze’s victory, while Manibusan paced Blue Babes with her 3 markers.

In the third match in the division, HiDaze also downed PIC Siheky, 10-4.

Chenille Espinosa tallied 4 points for HiDaze, which drew 3 markers each from Cassandra Camacho and Alipio.

In the men’s open division, Nik Nak pulled off a 15-12 win over Rollers 2.

Mii Tekopua lifted Nik Nak over Rollers 2 after scoring 12 points, while Ben Lisua had 8 for the losing squad.

Other winners in the men’s open division games were Trilogy, Paki 3’s, Dark Horse, Almost, and Ol’Aces.

The Ol’Aces denied Nik Nak back-to-back victories last Wednesday after recording a 14-10 triumph in their duel. Dan Barcinas and Douglas Schmidt fired 7 and 5, respectively, in the Ol’Aces’ second win in as many games. Dennis Moses led Nik Nak with his 5 markers.

Trilogy edged Rollers 1, 12-10, behind the 3 straight points of Jerome Norita. Norita finished with 4 points, the same output Trilogy got from Pete Lizama.

Trilogy missed going 2-for-2 on Day 3 of the tournament after they were beaten by Paki 3’s, 21-16. Leo Galarse sizzled for Paki 3’s after dropping 12 points.

Dark Horse eked out a 15-14 win over Pacific Islands Club 1, thanks to the 4 consecutive points of Edwin Camacho. Camacho took over from Maverick Saures, who had a string of 5 points before the former delivered in the homestretch.

Almost also leaned on the straight baskets (3) of Benwachi Taisacan to slip past PIC 2, 17-4.

Before Taisacan’s heroics, Leroy Rangamar starred for Almost, firing 9 points.

In the U19 division, the Warriors eased past Ballerz, 12-5. Henry Aguon had 6 points for the Warriors.

Mix Breed, on the other hand, labored a 17-13 win over the Warriors to deny the latter their third victory in a row. Coby Santos made 8 points for Mix Breed.

In the two other matches in the boys U19 division, Island3rz edged V-God, 16-15, while the Ol’Aces 2 prevailed over LeAir Ballers, 17-14.

John Romeo Malasarte knocked in the go-ahead basket for Islands3rz, his lone field goal in the closely fought match. Roberto Paragados Jr. top-scored for Islands3rz with his 12 points.

Atan Aiferson and Kelvin Kabiriel combined for 15 points in the Ol’Aces 2’s victory versus LeAir Ballers.

In the boys U16 division, Young Ballers and Baller Bros posted contrasting wins. Young Ballers escaped with a 12-11 triumph over Boonkgang, while Baller Bros dominated D-Squad, 23-10.

The Top 4 finishers in each division after the elimination will advance to the playoffs, which will be played tomorrow, beginning at 9am.

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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