The Ol’Aces 2, IT&E, and Rollers 1 eliminated their respective opponents to barge into the finals of the 2016 TanHoldings Christmas Basketball Tournament last Wednesday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.
In the boys U25 division, the Ol’Aces 2 ousted Rollers 1 following a 52-40 victory. IT&E also earned a double-digit win over CTSI, 58-46, to notch a finals berth in the women’s division, while Rollers 1 took the last seat to the championship game in the boys U16 age group after outclassing MHS, 47-42.
The Ol’Aces 2 withstood Rollers 1’s repeated comeback bids and had a strong finish to set up a title duel against Vibes this Saturday at 7pm.
Rollers 1, which was behind by 8 at the break, 25-17, moved within 4, 30-34, after a triple from Jun Alipio with a little over seven minutes left on the clock. However, that was the closest that Rollers 1 could get, as the Ol’Aces 2 went on a 12-4 scoring surge in the next five minute and change to build its biggest lead in the game, 46-34.
Rollers 1 was stuck to 34 points for nearly three minutes before two straight and-1 plays from Dalton Dancoe and John Babauta ended the team’s silence. However, Rollers 1 scored 6 consecutive points under the one-minute mark, leaving the squad with a little time to make one final push, while the Ol’Aces 2 countered with its own 6-0 spurt off N-Nes Siech’s free throws and back-to-back layups from K.J. Kabiriel to seal the win.
Meanwhile, in the women’s division, IT&E played a balance offense to fend off CTSI’s rallies and march into the finals opposite the unbeaten Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan tomorrow at 6pm.
Jan Travilla knocked in 8 of IT&E’s last 14 points to frustrate CTSI. She went on to top-score for IT&E with her 14 markers. Travilla also got enough support from her teammates as three more IT&E players combined for 27 markers. Tawnie Manibusan chipped in 10, while Quina Flores and Guine Borja contributed 9 and 8, respectively.
Jeraldine Castillo had 20 points on a losing effort for CTSI. Mikki Kautz added 8 and was the only other CTSI player to make more than two field goals in the semifinals.
In the Rollers 1-MHS semis duel, the former banked on their free throws to slip past the latter and arrange a championship showdown against the undefeated 670 Sonics tomorrow at 5pm.
Five of Rollers 1’s last 7 markers came from the foul line with Jelbert Quitugua drilling four of them and Emmanuel Cobacha earning a split. Tengco scored the lone field goal in that windup to finish in double figures with his 10 points. A.J. Hudkins also had twin digits with his team-high 11 markers.
Rollers 1 had to rely on their free throw shooting in the homestretch as MHS worked its way back from a 26-17 halftime deficit behind the multiple baskets of Jediael Manalo and Sunjoon Tenorio. Manalo ended up with a game-high 14 markers, while Tenorio registered 11, but their contributions were not enough to save MHS from elimination.
Rollers 1 47 – Hudkins 11, Tengco 10, Quitugua 9, Factor 6, Valencia 6, Cobacha 5.
MHS 42 – Manalo 14, Tenorio 11, Abejo 7, Sagum 3, Angelo 2, Reyes 2, Agustin 1.
Scoring by halves: 26-17, 47-42.
IT&E 58 – Travilla 14, Manibusan 10, Flores 9, Borja 8, Reyes 5, G. Villagomez 3, Tam 2, J. Villagomez 2.
CTSI 46 – Castillo 20, Kautz 8, Espinosa 4, Wally 3, M. Alegre 3, Alferos 2, Camacho 2.
Scoring by halves: 28-25, 56-46.
Ol’Aces 2 52 – Castro 10, Blake 9, Paragados 8, Siech 7, Kabiriel 6, Sablan 4, Castillo 4.
Rollers 1 40 – Alipio 9, Dancoe 9, Ogumoro 7, Factor 6, Babauta 5, Pangelinan 2, Abobo 2.
Scoring by halves: 25-17, 52-40.