Mawati ousts Saipan Adventure

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Mawati’s Frank Ferrer is forced to kick the ball out after facing the defense of Connie’s BBQ’s Darwin Barbo during their regular season game in the 2019 One Pacific Promotional Basketball League. Mawati and Connie’s will square off in the semifinals tomorrow at the Civic Center Court. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Mawati punched the third semis ticket in the 2019 One Pacific Promotional Basketball League after prevailing over Saipan Adventure, 71-58, during their playoff match last Friday at the Civic Center Court.

Behind in the first two quarters, Mawati managed to run off with the win after taking the lead from Saipan Adventure in the third quarter. With the victory, Mawati sets up a semis duel with No. 2 seed Connie’s BBQ.

Down by 4 after the opening canto, 14-18, and still facing a deficit at the break, 28-30, Mawati finally moved ahead after scoring 24 points in the third—its best output in a quarter. Frank Ferrer led Mawati in the pivotal-third period after making 8 markers, while Raymond Velasco and Paul Quizon combined for 7 more markers, and Web Gontar, Arjay Nonato, and Jerome Reyes also hit baskets in the penultimate frame to give their team a 52-43 lead.

Mawati went on to notch a double-digit winning margin, as Velasco, Ferrer, Nonato, and Gontar teamed up in the fourth period.

Velasco ended up top-scoring for Mawati with his 18 markers, while Ferrer and Gontar added 15 and 12, respectively.

Jun Alipio had 15 points to pace Saipan Adventure, making 7 of them in the first quarter to put their team on top. Only him and Alvin Almario scored in the second period for Saipan Adventure, as the team clung to a 30-28 lead before eventually losing the upper hand when Mawati made the move in the third canto.

Mawati 71—Velasco 18, Ferrer 15, Gontar 12, Enriquez 7, Nonato 7, Avila 4, Rena 3, Quizon 3, Reyes 2.
Saipan Adventure 58—Alipio 15, Mungcal 13, Morales 12, Almario 11, Verdeflor 6, Flores 1.
Scoring by quarters: 14-18, 28-30, 52-43, 71-58.

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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