Joeten 1 beats Triple J in semis series opener

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Joeten 1 is one step away from advancing to the finals after outclassing Triple J, 85-69, in Game 1 of their semis series in the 2018 JP World Corp. Customer Appreciation Basketball League last Sunday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

Joeten 1 set up the easy win in the opener of the best-of-three series after establishing an early double-digit lead in the first quarter, 26-14.

Quan led the way for Joeten 1 in the first period after drilling 10 points. He also drew help from a lot of his teammates, as Alex Lauron and Patrick Rotap contributed 4 points each and Ernest Duenas, Vince Teregeyo, Tom Agustin, and Juanito Sambile also hit baskets in the opening canto for Joeten 1’s 12-point advantage.

Then in the second period, Triple J managed to cut Joeten 1’s lead to 3 points, 39-42, as the former picked up its scoring in that frame. Perry Inos and Emannuel Cobacha tagged team in the second quarter for Triple J as they combined for 12. The duo connected on four straight triples to start the team’s comeback bid, while Bryan Santos closed out for Triple J and contributed 5 points.

After being threatened in the second quarter, Joeten 1 picked up the slack in the third frame and regained the double-digit lead 10, 63-53, behind the 6 points of Teregeyo.

Joeten 1 then widened the gap further in the fourth period with Chris Lilles carrying the team in the final canto after delivering 10 points. Quan also helped out in the fourth period, adding 7 to finish with a game-high 26 points.

Joeten 1 and Triple J will meet in Game 2 this Saturday at 6pm with the former aiming for a sweep and the latter hoping to extend the short series. The winner of the Joeten 1-Triple series will take on either Top Development, Inc. or RNV/Best Deal in the finals. TDI won Game 1, 124-122.

Joeten 1 85—Quan 26, Duenas 12, Lilles 11, Lauron 11, Rotap 7, Agustin 7, Teregeyo 6, Tobias 2, Sambile 2.
Triple J 69—Santos 23, Cobacha 16, Inos 11, Abobo 9, Obnimaga 4, Mamaril 2, Jabare 2.
Scoring by quarters: 26-14, 42-39, 63-53, 85-69.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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