MHS upsets Rollers 1; CTSI wins


CTSI’s Mary Kay Alferos, left, hits the breaks before pulling up for a shot against a QQ Rent A Car defender during their women’s division game in the TanHoldings holiday caging last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Marianas High School ended Rollers 1’s winning streak after registering a 48-37 upset in their U16 division game in the 2016 TanHoldings Christmas Basketball Tournament last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

MHS, which improved to an even 2-2 record, outgunned Rollers 1 in the second half to hand the latter its first loss in five games. Rollers 1 was held to six field goals in the second half, which began with MHS just behind by a point, 20-21.

A triple from E.J. Abejo at the start the second half switched the favor to MHS and the team managed to keep the upper hand after drawing contributions from six other players. Abejo, Sunjoon Tenorio, Jefferson Sagum made at least two field goals apiece for MHS, while Sherwin Agustin, John Prado, Louie Calayag, Morey Reyes, and Jediael Manalo also hit the board for the winning team.

Only A.J. Hudkins and Jose Kisa knocked in more than one field goal for Rollers 1 as no player from the squad broke into double figures, while Abejo and Manalo had 13 and 12 for MHS, respectively.

Meanwhile, in other results, CTSI and the Ol’Aces 1 posted similar easy wins.

In the first U16 division match, the Ol’Aces 2 whipped Rollers 2, 63-38.

The Ol’Aces 2 established a double-digit lead at the break, 36-18, and never looked back for its third win in five games. Rollers 2 is still winless after four matches.

John Ichihara paced the Ol’Aces 2 with his 18 points, while Troy Ngirarois chipped in 12. Patrick Duenas had 18 on a losing effort for Rolelrs 2.

In the women’s division game, CTSI improved its mark to 3-1 following a 42-14 demolition of QQ Rent A Car (1-2).

CTSI had the victory in the bag right at the end of the first half after taking a comfortable 28-2 advantage. At the resumption of the one-sided match, there was no way QQ Rent A Car could trim the deficit to a decent number as only Louisa Han made multiple baskets for her team, while CTSI spread the wealth.

Seven CTSI players graced the team’s box scores with CNMI National Team member Jeraldine Castillo leading the way with her 12 points. Han finished with a team-high 8 points, while three of his teammates tallied only 2 points each.

First Game

Ol’Aces 2 63 – Ichihara 18, Ngirarois 12, Quitugua 7, Deleon Guerrero 6, Johnny 4, Santos 4, Reyes 4, Pangelinan 4, Lizama 2.
Rollers 2 38 – Duenas 18, Je. Agulto 5, Borja 5, Fabia 3, Fitial 3, T. Factor 3, Ja. Agulto 1.
Scoring by halves: 36-18, 63-38.

Second Game
MHS 48 – Abejo 13, Manalo 12, Tenorio 7, Sagum 6, Angelo 2, Calayag 2, Zhang 2, Agustin 2, Reyes 2, Prado 1.
Rollers 1 37 – Kisa 8, Cobacha 7, Tengco 6, Hudkins 6, Factor 5, Richardson 4, Pangelinan 1.
Scoring by halves: 20-21, 48-37.

CTSI 42 – Castillo 12, Kautz 7, Alferos 6, J. Alegre 5, Espinosa 4, M. Alegre 4, Camacho 4.
QQ Rent A Car 14 – Han 8, Paraiso 2, Chinen 2, Borja 2.
Scoring by halves: 28-2, 42-14.

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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