Destroyers gain cushion in Tuesday League


The Amari’s IT&E Destroyers are the current leaders in the Budweiser Saipan Billiards Association Open 8-Ball Tuesday League after last week’s games. (Contributed Photo)

The Amari’s IT&E Destroyers increased their lead in the Budweiser Open 8-Ball Tuesday League after beating the 9 Eleven Wildboyz, 8-5, in last week’s games held in separate bars on the island.

The Destroyers were ahead by only three (62-29) against the second-running Wildboyz (59-32) before the April 3 matches and upped their record to 70-34 compared to the latter’s 64-40 slate.

Nolan Cultura led the Destroyers’ victory as he swept all the four games he played in the Singles and Partners 8-Ball. He won three Singles and joined Rico Montano in beating the Wildboyz duo of Randy Sablan and Bill Cepeda in the Partners 8-Ball.

Shane Quitugua, Pat Cepeda, Ray Matsunaga, and Sablan scored the five wins for the Wildboyz.

In other results, the Brannon’s Docomo Hustlers squeezed out an 8-7 decision over the 9 Eleven Marianas Water with Joey Lucido and Senen Pangelinan securing the win when they bested Roel Barreto and Jerry Soriano.

The 9 Eleven Str8 Black Ball—composed of Mervin Sahagun, Tata Hamoy, Rodel Dela Cruz, and Rey Hermogenes—destroyed the Brannon’s 670 Builders, 12-1. Tom Bernardo and Chris Imbo gave the Builders the lone win when they defeated Dela Cruz and Hermogenes in the Partners 8-Ball event.

The Hustlers and Marianas Water join the Wildboyz for a tie for second to fourth place as they hold similar 64-40 slates. The Str8 Black Ball (63-41), Beach Beer Masters Touch (58-46), and the Builders (33-71) rounded out the Tuesday League standings.

In the Thursday League, the 9 Eleven 8 Black Ball (60-31), Amari’s IT&E Homeboyz (55-36), and 9 Eleven MJD Warriors (50-41) are the Top 3 teams, followed by the 9 Eleven Titans (48-43), Sands Team SCS (42-49), Amari’s Intensity 8 and Brannon’s Jam Shooters (40-51), and VFW Assassins (29-62).

The Black Ball stayed on top of the eight-team field despite a 5-8 loss to the Homeboyz last April 5.

In other results in the division, the Intensity 8 edged the Assassins, 7-6; the Titans downed Team SCS, 8-5; and the Warriors defeated the Jam Shooters, 9-4.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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