MCS Gray eases past MCS Blue in finale


Mt. Carmel Scholl Gray’s Tawnie Manibusan, left, pulls up for a shot against Mt. Carmel School Blue’s Theresa Toves during the third quarter of their title game in the girls division of the 2016-2017 Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Association Basketball League last Friday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Mt. Carmel School Gray dominated the all-Lady Knights finale in the girls division of the 2016-2017 Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Association Basketball League after routing the MCS Blue, 49-21, last Friday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Tawnie Manibusan anchored MCS Gray’s easy victory in the winner-take-all title match as she scored a game-high 12 points, while Jan Travilla also broke into double figures, adding 11. Three other MCS Gray players contributed at least two field goals apiece with Quina Flores chipping in 9, and Han Ya and Aurel Reyes contributing 8 and 4, respectively.

MCS Gray’s better basketball skills and more experience were unmatched by the younger crew of MCS Blue, allowing the eventual champion to lead in the final from start to finish. MCS Blue, which was coached by Catherine Attao-Toves, did not stand a chance against MCS Gray, as the former struggled with its offensive game, failing to score in twin digits in each of the four quarters.

Only Joannie Paraiso made it to the board for MCS Blue in the first quarter, while Santos, Travilla, and Manibusan teamed up for MCS Gray for their 10-4 advantage. MCS Gray then increased the lead to double figures at halftime, 25-8, as Flores and Han found their targets, while Manibusan added two more field goals.

The Mark Toves-coached MCS Gray went on to keep its big lead in the second half, as MCS Blue knocked in no more than three field goals in the third and fourth quarters, while the eventual champion continued to spread the wealth en route to the 28-point winning margin.

The title victory—MCS’ fifth in a row—was a good send-off gift for Travilla, Han, and Karleen Reyes, who played their final game for the Lady Knights last weekend.

Travilla and company automatically advanced to the championship game after topping the elimination round, while MCS Blue notched the second finals berth following a 35-15 triumph over Marianas Baptists Academy last Tuesday.

MCS Gray 49 – Manibusan 12, Travilla 11, Flores 9, Han 8, Santos 4, Reyes 3, Villagomez 2.

MCS Blue 21 – Paraiso 6, Han 4, Cho 4, Alcantara 3, Buenaventura 2, Rabang 2.

Scoring by quarters: 10-4, 25-8, 35-14, 49-21.

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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