Easy victory for NMI Rollers vs MCS


The NMI Rollers’ Jude Tengco takes off for a layup against Mt. Carmel School’s Myles Santos during the first half of their boys U18 division game in the Diaz youth caging last Tuesday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The NMI Rollers downed Mt. Carmel School, 73-50, in the boys U18 division game in the 2017 Francisco M. Diaz Memorial Youth League last Tuesday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

The NMI Rollers jumped to a 14-0 lead and never looked back for its third win.

Angelo Factor, Kenji Abobo, and Jude Tengco alternately hit baskets in the NMI Rollers’ good start, while the rest of their teammates provided support in the ensuing quarters to hand their squad a 23-point winning margin.

Abobo top-scored for the NMI Rollers with his 13 points, while Factor and Tengco also finished in twin digits with 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Four other NMI Rollers players combined for 23 points

Tony Deleon Guerrero led the MCS Knights with his 11 points, while Kiko Gamab chipped in 7.

In the other boys U18 division match this week, 670 Sonics XVIII defeated sister team 670 Sonics XVI, 52-44.

Roberto Paragados lifted the 670 Sonics XVIII to the win after scoring 11 points, 7 of them came in the second half where his squad gained cushion after the match ended in a deadlock by halftime, 18-all.

Paragados also got a lot of help in the second half with four of his teammates contributing at least 4 points apiece. In the first half, only Ronald Bernardo made more than two field goals for the 670 Sonics XVIII.

Meanwhile, the NMI Rollers and Ol’Aces Extreme won the final two games in the boys U15 division last Saturday,

The Ol’Aces Extreme escaped with a 61-59 victory over the Natibu Young Warriors, thanks to the three free throws of Justin Laniyo.

Laniyo finished with 9 points to back up Nehemiah Fernandez, who led the Ol’Aces Extreme with his 21 points. Fernandez drilled two of the Ol’Aces Extreme’s last three field goals to keep the squad in front.

Joel Norita paced the Young Warriors with his 19 markers, while Francisco Kumuch added 17.

While the Ol’Aces Extreme pulled off a close win last Saturday, it was a different story for the DYS/NMI Rollers.

DYS/NMI Rollers cruised past Agape, 68-43, after taking control of the match right from the get-go. DYS/NMI Rollers posted a 39-19 lead by halftime and never gave Agape a chance to recover.

Chico Dela Cruz stood out for DYS/NMI Rollers with his 14 points, while J.P. Cruz logged 12. Five other DYS/NMI Rollers players scored at least 5 points apiece in their easy win.

Chen Xuan Yang had 12 points for Agape.

Monday Game

670 Sonics XVIII 52 — Paragados 11, Bernardo 10, Chavez 7, Bautista 5, Malasarte 4,Diyco 3, Moises 2, Garcia 1, Muna 1.
670 Sonics XVI 44 — De Guzman 10, Ordona 7, Itaas 6, Sabanagn 4, Apasan 2, Diyco 2.
Scoring by halves: 18-18, 52-44.

Tuesday Game
NMI Rollers 73 — Abobo 13, Dancoe 11, Tengco 10, Fidelino 7, Factor 6, Kisa 6, Kapwich 4, Mendoza 4.
MCS 50 — Deleon Guerrero 11, Gamab 10, Santos 7, Cepeda 5, Yun 4, Richardson 4, Kiser 4, Minami 2.
Scoring by halves: 34-24, 73-50.

Second Game

Ol’Aces Extreme 61 — Fernandez 21, Laiyo 9, Lajara 6, Castro 6, Lizama 5, Tabora 5, Mizutani 5, Lim 2, Sablan 2.
Young Warriors 59 —J. Norota 19, Kumuch 17, Salilin 10, Atalig 7, Lizama 2, Malonzo 2, M. Norita 2.
Scoring by halves: 25-23, 61-59.

Third Game
DYS/NMI Rollers 68 — Dela Cruz 14, Cruz 12, Cabrera 8, Gonzales 8, Valencia 6, Factor 5, Ong 5, Tenorio 2.
Agape 43 —Yang 13, Cai 12, Bo 6, S. Xu 4, Heng 4, T. Xu 2, Zheng 2.
Scoring by halves: 39-19, 68-43.

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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