Camor crushes Team Batang


Camor’s Pat Salalila, left, drives against Team Batang’ Bert Dacumos during the fourth quarter of their game in the Civic Center caging last Saturday. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Camor coasted to victory against Team Batang, 66-41, at the resumption of action in the 2018 Civic Center Inter-color Basketball League last Saturday at the Civic Center court.

Camor relied on its balance scoring to rout Team Batang, which in contrast was led by only three players and majority of their points came when the game was already decided.

Nine Camor players recorded at least 6 points apiece and each found a away to step up in the game to keep their team’s safe distance. In the first period, Jun Fidelino, Dan Rebusqillo, Dixon Kwon, and Ben Williams knocked in two field goals apiece to lift Camor to a 19-7 advantage. Team Batang failed to hit double figures in the opening frame as it was limited to three field goals.

Then in the second half, a different set of players made baskets for Camor to protect its double-digit lead at the break, 30-17. The trend continued in the second half en route to Camor’s 25-point winning margin.

With the loss, Hong Ye split its game last week. Before bowing to Camor, Hong Ye prevailed against Islander last Tuesday, 66-60.

Mervin Sagahun towed Hong Ye to victory after posting 25 points, 10 of them came in the third quarter where Hong Ye turned the tables on Islander, 52-42, after falling behind at halftime, 22-29. Hal Spott and Eugene Manglona backed up Sahagun in the third quarter, contributing 6 points each. All three also scored in the fourth to keep their lead and take the win.

8th Division 62, Hong Ye 51
8th Division had a big third-quarter push to beat Hong Ye last Thursday.

With the game tied at halftime, 8th Division fired 24 points in the third canto—its biggest output in a quarter—to open a 50-41 lead. Maverick Itibus, Joseph Torres, Alex Lauron, Gio Dancel, and Jerome Reyes teamed up for 19 of 8th Division’s total markers in the pivotal third frame.

The 9-point advantage at the end of the third canto gave 8th Division enough cushion against the repeated comeback bids of Hong Ye in the payoff period.

I-Score 67, Pinatubo 60
I-Score drew a solid game from its big men to top Pinatubo in last Wedneday’s match.

Josh Andrews and Kelvin Fitial teamed up in leading I-Score’s attack in the paint as they combined for about half of their squad’s total production. Andrews had 18 points, while Fitial chipped in 15. Andrews and Fitial’s points offset the game-high 28 markers Ken Viray registered for Pinatubo.

Viray was on a solo show in the third quarter, making 8 points, while Fitial, Andrews, and three other I-Score players nailed at least two field goals apiece to turn a shaky 33-29 halftime edge to a double-digit spread entering the final canto, 52-39.

Viray kept going, but failed to bring his team back into the game, as Fitial and Andrews were there to steady the ship and the two frontliners also drew help from their teammates to keep I-Score in front.

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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