Joeten, PSS eliminate foes


Joeten Enterprises and the Public School System pulled off similar lopsided wins against IT&E and Saipan Ice to eliminate their respective foes in the Inter-Commercial Business Basketball League 2015 playoffs round.

Joeten cruised to an easy 70-41 triumph against Saipan Ice, while PSS trounced IT&E, 81-65, in separate matches last Thursday night at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Dixon Kwon paced the balanced scoring for Joeten, which hardly broke a sweat against Saipan Ice, to nail its second win against one loss in the playoffs.

Jun Sambile scored 8 points for Joeten as he matched Saipan Ice’s first-quarter output, 22-8. Joeten was never threatened from there as its lead ballooned further as the game pushes through.

Kwon scattered 15 points to lead four other Joeten players that finished in double digits. Sambile added 14 with Ferdie Tobias chipping in 12. Alex Lauron and Rocyl Ritual tallied 10 markers apiece.

Only four players scored for Saipan Ice with Patrick Rotap leading the charge with 17 while Treat Kaipat contributed 12. Ben Olopai and John Santy tallied 6 markers each.

Earlier, Preston Basa poured in a game-high 34 points behind seven 3-pointers to lift PSS to victory and sent IT&E to an early vacation.

Basa made 13 in the first period where PSS zoomed to a 23-10 spread after 10 minutes of play. He slowed down with 6 in the second quarter but PSS was enjoying a 42-29 edge at the turn.

He went scoreless in the third before finishing off with 15, most of which were garbage points as PSS was enjoying a comfortable lead in the final canto.

Joe Villacrusis was the only other PSS player to score in twin digits with 16, while Marlon Cabrerea, Jerry Diaz, and Jacob Villagomez turned in 7 apiece. Bobby Coldeen made 6 while Jude Loste had 4 points.

Top seed Pacific Islands Club and Fiesta Resort remain undefeated in the playoffs round.

First Game

PSS 81 – Basa 34, Villacrusis 16, Cabrera 7, Diaz 7, Villagomez 7, Coldeen 6, Loste 4.

IT&E 65 – Peredo 26, Palacios 21, Mateo 10, Santos 4, Aglipay 2, Benavente 2.

Scoring by quarters: 23-10, 42-29, 59-48, 81-65.

Second Game

Joeten 70 – Kwon 15, Sambile 14, Tobias 12, Lauron 10, Ritual 10, Sablan 7, Nakayama 2.

Saipan Ice 41 – Rotap 17, Kaipat 12, Olopai 6, Santy 6.

Scoring by quarters: 22-8, 42-18, 55-29, 70-41.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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