Kagman rallies past Swip Waters


Kagman’s Jon Limes, right, unloads a point-blanked shot in front of two Swip Waters defenders during the extra period in their game in the San Antonio summer caging last Wednesday at the San Antonio court. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Kagman held Swip Water to one point in the closing minutes of the overtime to take a 101-89 victory in the first game in 2017 San Antonio Summer Basketball League last Wednesday at the San Antonio court.

Down by three, 85-88, with a little over three minutes left in the extra period, Kagman had a 16-1 windup to steal the win from Swip Water and avoid back-to-back losses.

Tom Pangelinan started Kagman’s late surge with an and-1 play. He missed the bonus charity, allowing Swip Water to keep the shaky lead. However, not for long, as two straight baskets from Brandon Babauta and another field goal from Pangelinan gave Kagman a 93-88 advantage, going into the final two minutes of the match.

Kagman was not done yet, as it added 6 more points off Dizon Magofna’s drive and Jon Limes’ two consecutive baskets that upped the team’s lead to double-digit lead, 99-88. Swip Water then ended its silence off a split free throw from Ezra Caro, while Limes made in three in a row as he banked in the last shot of the match.

Five Kagman players scored in twin digits in the win with Ray Babauta leading the way as he fired 23 points, including the squad’s 4 markers that helped them send the game in overtime, 82-all.

The victory over Swip Water allowed Kagman to bounce back from its 72-89 loss to Marianas Variety last Saturday.

Marianas Variety led from start to finish, leaving no room for Kagman to recover. Ivan Devero, Kelvin Fitial, and Irvin Malonzo teamed up in handing Marianas Variety the win as they combined for more than half of the squad’s production. Fitial had a team-high 17 points, while Devero and Malonzo chipped in 16 and 14, respectively.

Devero had 8 points, while Malonzo knocked in two triples in the first quarter to lift Marianas Variety to a 27-11 advantage. Fitial, who had 4 points in the opening canto, added 8 in the second as they kept the big lead at the break, 52-24. Fitial and company kept going in the second half en route to a 17-point winning margin.

In other results last weekend, JSN/Cell Pro outclassed United Ballers, 102-97.

JSN/Cell Pro took the 5-point win, thanks to its free throws. All the 6 points of JSC/Cell Pro came from the foul line with Ting Alegre making three, Preston Basa adding two, and Syl Teregeyo having a split.

It was a come-from-behind victory for JSN/Cell Pro as it faced a double-digit deficit at halftime, 36-48, and was still down after the third canto, 61-68. Basa then anchored JSN/Cell Pro’s rally in the fourth, as he canned four triples, while the rest of his teammates also contributed in the recovery.

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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