Coca-Cola beats M&R Contractor


Coca-Cola barged into the win column after topping M&R Contractor, 80-71, in the second game in the 2018 JP World Corp. Customer Appreciation Basketball League last Tuesday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

Mel Capalad and Edward Armia teamed up in hitting baskets in streaks to lift Coca-Cola to its fist victory in three games. Capalad fired a game-high 33 points, while Armia contributed 30.

The duo combined for 17 of their squad’s total points to hand Coca-Cola a 22-19 advantage in the first quarter. Capalad scored the team’s first 5 markers, while Armia had the last 8 in the opening frame. Capalad also made Coca-Cola’s first two baskets in the second canto and finished the half with 18, while Armia added 6 to come up with 16 at the break, which saw Coca-Cola on top by double figures, 45-33.

Coca-Cola’s 1-2 punch was still on target in the third, as the squad kept the twin-digit advantage, 59-49, entering the final canto. Capalad and Armia scored all, but one of their team’s basket in the penultimate frame.

Then in the fourth quarter, Capalad closed out strong, making 10 points to foil M&R’s comeback bid. Armia chipped in 4 markers.

Efren Mallari led M&R Contractor’s losing cause with his 25 points and his team remained winless after three matches.

Coca-Cola 80 — Capalad 33, Armia 30, Nuique 8, Pua 5, Deang 4.
M&R Contractor 71 — Mallari 25, Surima 17, Cabuwagan 10, Solivo 8, Conti 4, Buniag 2.
Scoring by quarters: 22-19, 45-33, 59-49, 80-71.

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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