Blue Haus, Saimar rout opponents


Blue Haus’ Tony Diaz, right, fakes off the defense of PPG Paint’s Ariel Abadilla during an earlier Masters Division game in the United Filipino Organization IT&E 2019 Basketball League at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Blue Haus and Saimar Pilot crushed their respective foes in the Masters division games in the United Filipino Organization IT&E 2019 Basketball League.

Saimar Pilot hammered Pacific Marine last, 109-73, last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium, while Blue Haus walloped Saipan Vegas Thursday, 106-83.

Blue Haus peppered Saipan Vegas with triples to remain undefeated after three games. Saipan is still winless after four matches.

Errol Peredo and Tony Diaz delivered four triples apiece for Blue Haus, while Elmer Esdrelon fired six. All three players finished with 20-plus points to help Blue Haus down Saipan Vegas. Peredo tallied 29 points, while Diaz and Esdrelon chipped in 26 and 23, respectively.

Saipan Vegas kept Blue Haus within striking distance in the first half, as the latter was only ahead by six at halftime, 48-42. Cecilio Bisana and Mico Usi combined for 23 points in the opening half, helping Saipan Vegas remain in contention.

However, Blue Haus widened the gap when the game resumed with Esdrelon drilling four triples, Peredo making three and scoring 14 markers in the third quarter alone, and Diaz and Junar Guiab contributing 7 and 6, respectively, for their 80-64 advantage.

Blue Haus was never threatened after that to notch its third straight win.

Saimar also improved to a 3-0 record after dominating Pacific Marine from start to finish.

Andrew Ashburn towed Saimar to the easy victory after sizzling for a season-high 46 points. He outgunned the entire Pacific Marine crew in the first quarter, 16-8, to lift Saipan to a double-digit lead, 29-8.

Ashburn kept burning the hoops and capped his outstanding offensive showing with a 14-point performance in the final canto.

Thursday’s Game
Blue Haus 106—E. Peredo 29, Diaz 26, Esdrelon 23, Guiab 16, R. Peredo 4, Buenabajo 4, Santos 2.
Saipan Vegas 83—Bisana 23, Usi 17, A. Maplas 12, D. Maplas 12, Moises 7, Park 5, Barreto 4, C. Maplas 3.
Scoring by quarters: 17-22, 48-42, 80-64, 106-83.

Saturday’s Game
Saimar Pilot 109—Ashburn 46, Dayrit 20, Santos 14, Villarin 13, Tolentino 5, Jinang 3.
Pacific Marine 73—Atinen 25, Isip 16, Calunzag 10, Sevilla 10, Flores 7, Manangan 6.
Scoring by quarters: 29-8, 47-34, 82-61, 109-73.

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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