McDonald’s wins debut, routs foe


McDonald’s Mike Achas, center, pulls up for a shot against two Best Deals/RNV defenders during the fourth quarter of their game in the JP World caging last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

McDonald’s caught fire early en route to a 111-91 victory over Best Deal/RNV in their debut game in the 2018 JP World Corp. Customer Appreciation Basketball League last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

Jaymark De Guzman led McDonald’s’ hot start scoring 16 points in the first quarter to lift his team to a 34-25 advantage and win his shootout against Ronald Rueda. McDonald’s’ offense later tapered off in the second half, but De Guzman, Jun Fidelino and siblings Mike, McLain, and Joseph Achas worked together in providing their squad enough baskets to keep their safe distance.

De Guzman and company outgunned Best Deal/RNV anew in the second quarter, 29-19, to bring their lead to twin digits at the break, 63-44. Best Deal/RNV then trimmed the lead down to 11, 76-87, with Andy Mortos teaming up with Rueda. However, McLain, and Fidelino widened the gap anew in the fourth canto for the 20-point winning margin.

De Guzman finished the game with 39 points, while Fidelino added 16, 8 of them came in the final period. McClain also had 16 points, while Mike and Joseph combined for 26.

Mortos paced Best Deal/RNV with his 33 points, while Rueda chipped in 29. However, they were the only ones who scored in twin digits for Best Deal/RNV.

D&Q/CTSI 79, Coca-Cola 66
D&Q/CTSI also earned a double-figure winning margin over Coca-Cola in the curtain-raiser.

D&Q/CTSI leaned on Gerald Rivera to beat Coca-Cola, as the wingman scored 29 points, including 14 in the last quarter. Shawn Fujihira backed him up, adding 13, while Nak Nakashima chipped in 11.

Edward Armia had 23 points to lead Coca-Cola, which played catch up right at the start of the game and failed to score more than 16 points in each of the first three periods.

Triple J 100, MJD 66
Triple J reached the century mark for the lopsided victory over MJD Construction.

Triple J exploded for 33 points in the first quarter to take control of the match and was never threatened throughout the game. Five players scored at least two baskets each for Triple J in the opening canto and the team continued to play a balance offense to hand MJD a beating.

Eman Cobacha led Triple J with his 23 points, while Aris Oris and Perry Inos Jr. registered 19 and 17, respectively.

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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