Double victories for Sonics


The 670 Sonics PHI’s Khristian Itaas soars for a layup against a Kagman Rollers defender during the second half of their boys U15 division game in the Diaz youth caging last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

It was a fruitful weekend for the Sonics, as the group’s two teams won their respective games in the 2017 Francisco M. Diaz Memorial Youth League at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

In the boys U18 division match last Friday, the 670 Sonics XVI whipped the Ol’Aces Extreme, 63-44, while in the boys U15 game last Saturday, the 670 Sonics PHI had a similar easy victory against the Kagman Rollers, 48-25.

The 670 Sonics PHI held Kagman to four field goals and 9 points in the first half to set up the 23-point winning margin.

While Kagman struggled on its offense, 670 Sonics PHI had little problems hitting its target as Clarenz Contreras and Khristian Itaas teamed up in giving their squad the needed points. The duo nearly matched the output of the entire Kagman crew as Contreras registered 14 points and the lefty Itaas chipped in 10.

Contreras dropped 8 of his total markers in the first half to lift 670 Sonics PHI to a 25-9 halftime edge. Itaas, on the other hand, recorded all his points in the second half, including 7 straight markers past the halfway mark of the final 20 minutes of play.

In the boys U18 division, the 670 Sonics XVI broke away in the second half after clinging to a 14-12 lead at halftime. Center Jester Kintaro anchored the 670 Sonics XVI’s strong showing in the final frame after drilling all his 10 points in that period. Rafael Ordona and Sean Apasan then provided support to Kintaro after combining for 14 markers.

In other results last weekend, the Natibu Warriors eked out a 52-50 victory over the Kagman Rollers in their boys U18 tiff, while the Junior Ol’Aces edged the Ol’Aces in the women’s division, 47-41.

Analei Santos and Mary Kay Alferos scored 8 of the Junior Ol’Aces last 10 points to power their team to the 6-point win. Alferos ended up with 16 markers, while Santos chipped in 15. Chevy Kate Alipio had 11 points on a losing effort for the Ol’Aces.

In the Natibu-Kagman game, the former also leaned on two players in the homestretch to take the close win.

Henry Aguon and Jeff Omar teamed up in Natibu’s last 8 points with the former making 5 and the latter adding 3. They split their free throws in the closing minute to keep Natibu in the lead. Aguon top-scored for Natibu with his 12 points, while Aaron Ogumoro paced Kagman with his 19 markers.

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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