Islander notches third straight victory


Armatech’s Ed Cosino, left, reaches for the ball in this rebound play against Islander Rent A Car’s Dexter Guiang during the second quarter of their game in the IT&E Emon Lodge caging last Saturday at the Koblerville Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Islander Rent A Car remained unbeaten following a 76-67 win over Armatech in the IT&E Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 Mixed Masters Brotherhood Basketball League last Saturday at the Koblerville Gymnasium.

Ken Viray, Edgar Pangelinan, Paulo Sanguyo, and Angelo Fernando scored in twin digits to lift Islander to its third victory in as many games and hand Armatech its second loss also after three matches.

Pangelinan caught fire early, scoring 7 of Islander’s first 10 points in the opening quarter, which ended with the eventual winners ahead, 16-13. Sanguyo and Viray also made their contributions for Islander early in the game.

The unpredictable and balance offense of Islander continued in the next three periods, as it kept the driver’s seat and foiled Armatech’s repeated comeback bids.

Viray dropped 9 of his 21 points in the second frame to increase their lead to 6 at the break, 32-26, while Sanguyo added 5. Pangelinan was held to one field goal in the second canto, but regained his shooting touch in the third when he drilled two triples and tallied 8 points for Islander’s 48-43 advantage.

Then in the fourth canto, Viray and Fernando teamed up for 14 points, while four of their teammates chipped in at least one basket apiece to keep their safe distance.

Islander 76 — Viray 21, Pangelinan 16, Sanguyo 15, Fernando 10, Ritual 6, Thompson 5, Mangali 4.
Armatech 67 — Lauron 19, Alipio 18, Montano 13, Cosino 6, Asuhan 4, Gaviola 3, Zapanta 2.
Scoring by quarters: 16-13, 32-26, 48-43.

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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