Lauron, Gamboa take MVP honors


Finals MVP Ron Gamboa of Batang Bear Brand, second left, is surrounded by the Silencer defenders during the third quarter of their title game in the IT&E-sponsored Ali’i Blue Haus caging last Saturday night at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Black Mamba’s Alex Lauron and Batang Bear Brand’s Ron Gamboa won the most coveted individual award in the 2nd Ali’i Blue Haus Invitational Basketball League.

Lauron was named the regular season most valuable player, while Gamboa took the Finals MVP title during the awards ceremony for the IT&E-sponsored league last Saturday night at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

The Black Mamba forward averaged in double figures in scoring, leading his squad to a seven-game winning streak in the elimination. Lauron and his Black Mamba were then ranked third after the regular season as it earned a 7-4 record in the round-robin competition.

Gamboa, on the other hand, top-scored in Batang Bear Brand’s 88-69 demolition of the Silencer in their winner-take-all title match last weekend. Gamboa exploded for 33 points, as Batang Bear Brand hardly missed the contribution of Hal Spott with the former stepping up and making rally-halting baskets in the finale.

Both Gamboa and Lauron received trophies and cellular phone presented by Blue Haus’ Cecille Camama and IT&E’s Rob Harell.

Meanwhile, medals were awarded to Mythical Five members Sean Rabasto of Empe Light, Tropang Ridhors’ Ken Viray, White Haus’ Jun Tabora, the Silencer’s Mike Estores, and Lauron.

Other individual awardees in the league were Sixth Man Joseph Galulu of Team Sawi, Best in Sportsmanship Gino Libuw of Vendetta, and Best Defensive Player Yosh Gabaldon of Black Bamba. In the 3-point shooting category, Batang Bear Brand’s Jeff Che and the Gold Ballers Dan Mateo shared the award, while there were also two winners in the most rebounds division—the Silencer’s Kelvin Fitial and White Haus’ Arjay Nonato.

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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