MJD, Apex rout opponents

Posted on Mar 18 2020


Melvin Deocares, right, tries to protect the ball against JNL Corp.’s John Alvis during the third quarter of their game in the One Pacific caging at the Civic Center Court. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Apex Remittance and MJD Construction earned similar easy wins last week in the One Pacific Promotional Basketball League 2020 at the Civic Center Court.

Apex hammered JNL Corp., 89-58, while MJD pounded Hong Ye Hardware, 86-67.

MJD led from start to finish, increasing its lead as the game progressed en route to a 19-point winning margin.

Douglas Schmidt led MJD’s second victory in as many games after exploding for 30 points. He had his best showing in the third period after scoring 12 points, 10 of them came in succession, to help MJD keep its double-digit advantage, 64-54, with only one quarter left in the match.

In the fourth canto, Schmidt slowed down, as he made only two field goals, but MJD still walked away with the big winning margin with Errol Peredo and Preston Basa stepping up. Peredo also finished in twin digits with his 13 markers, while Basa had 9—all of them came from the 3-point area.

Patrick Morales paced Hong Ye after drilling 14 points, while Kevin Leomo added 12.

In the second game, Apex jumped to a 24-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back to remain unbeaten after two games.

Apex took early control of the match after drawing 8 points from Josh Andrew in the first quarter. The mobile big man also got a lot of help from his teammates, as seven other Apex players hit the board in the opening 10 minutes of play to give the squad the 16-point lead.

Apex continued to run a balance offense in the second quarter, while JNL still struggled with its shots, allowing the former to widen the gap at the break, 51-21.

Despite the big advantage, Apex played no let up at the resumption of the match to pull away further, 72-40. Gio Dancel and Joseph Torres delivered the killer blows for Apex, as they scored the team’s first 14 points in the third period.

Dancel led five Apex players in double figures, as he finished with 12 markers—the same output Ronald Bernardo had. Andrew and Alex Lauron added 11 apiece while Torres contributed 10.

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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