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Blue Haus’ Elmer Esdrelon escapes with a layup during their game against JSN Construction in the opening of the United Filipino Organization IT&E 2019 Basketball League last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Kimberly A. Bautista)[/caption /> Blue Haus’ Bruce Berline dives on the floor to keep the ball during their game against JSN Construction in the opening of the United Filipino Organization IT&E 2019 Basketball League last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Blue Haus cruised past JSN Construction, 92-62, during the kick-off game in the United Filipino Organization IT&E 2019 Basketball League last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Blue Haus hammered JSN Construction in their Masters Division duel after drawing more than half of the its total production from Errol Peredo and Tony Diaz. The two gunners were on target in the curtain-raiser with Peredo firing 29 points an and Diaz adding 20.

Diaz opened Blue Haus’ scoring with a shot from beyond the arc and his team took early control of the game and was never threatened. Two more Blue Haus players finished in double figures with Junar Guiab chipping in 11 markers and Richard Peredo contributing 10. Elmer Esdrelon, Matt Buenabajo, and Bruce Berline combined for 19 more markers for Blue Haus to provide enough support to Peredo and Diaz.

Errol Peredo ended up getting the league’s first Best Player of the Game award.

While Blue Haus’ main scorers got a lot of help from their teammates, JCN Construction drew a good offensive game from only one player—Jun Tabora. The JCN player made 18 points. Ton Alegre was the other double-figure scorer for Construction after delivering 11 points, but most of them came in the first quarter.

Blue Haus’ Elmer Esdrelon escapes with a layup during their game against JSN Construction in the opening of the United Filipino Organization IT&E 2019 Basketball League last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Blue Haus and JSN Construction are two of the 10 teams playing in the Masters Division. Completing the list are IT&E, Pegs Team Mythical, Las Vegas Bamboo Bar, Old Iskool, Islander Rent A Car, PPG Pen, and Pacific Marine.

In the Open Division, teams vying for the crown are Blue Eagle Enterprise, Lakay, Pacific Island Club, MJD Corp. Toyota, Shirley’s, Islander Rent A Car, RNV Construction, Hoopaholics, and The Game.

Matches in the league are played every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Blue Haus 92—E. Peredo 29, Diaz 20, Guiab 11, R. Peredo 10, Esdrelon 9, Buenabajo 6, Berline 4, Santos 2.
JSN 62—Tabora 18, Alegre 11, Santos 8, Tobias 7, Jarap 6, Cruz 2, Garcia 2.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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