Natibu, Ol’Aces Elite ease past Agape


The Ol’Aces Elite’s Joaquin Fleming pulls up for a point-blanked shot against Agape Christian School’s Tychicus Xu during the first half of their boys U15 division game in the Diaz youth caging last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Natibu Warriors made it past the century mark to crush Agape Christian School, 104-33, in the boys U18 division game in the 2017 Francisco M. Diaz Memorial Youth League last Monday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Natibu capitalized on Agape’s lack of manpower to cruise to victory, as the latter reported for the match with only seven players. Natibu, on the other hand, was in full force and 10 of the 14 players listed on its roster scored.

With Natibu having the advantage in the number of players, it had the game in the bag right at the end of the first half after enjoying a 45-12 advantage. Natibu went on to pad its lead in the second half to hand Agape a beating.

Henry Aguon paced Natibu with his 26 points, while Jun Aguon and Rawhoo Sulap chipped in 15 and 12, respectively. Six other Natibu players contributed at least 6 points each.

Alan Zhao led Agape with his 12 markers.

In the boys U15 division, Agape also lost, as the Ol’Aces Elite posted a double-digit victory in their duel last Saturday, 54-42.

Agape showed up for the weekend match with enough players, however, the Ol’Aces Elite proved to have the better skills, as it led from start to finish to remain unbeaten in the division.

Joaquin Fleming top-scored for the Ol’Aces Elite with his 11 points and he drew enough support from his teammates, as seven of them added at least two field goals apiece.

Yang Chenxuan had 11 markers on a losing effort for Agape.

In the first game in the boys U15 last weekend, the Young Warriors defeated Kagman Rollers, 49-21.

Francisco Kumuch and Aven Evangelista stood out for the Young Warriors after logging 14 and 11 points, respectively, while no Kagman Rollers broke into double figures.

First Game

Young Warriors 49 — Kumuch 14, Evangelista 11, J. Norita 8, M. Norita 4, Atalig 4, Cruz , Salilin 2, Daikichy 1.
Kagman Rollers 21 — Wenio 6, J. Agulto 4, A. Agulto 4, Agustin 3, J. Cruz 2, L. Cruz 2.
Scoring by halves: 26-15, 49-21.

Third Game
Ol’Aces Elite 54 — Fleming 11, Abejo 8, Omelau 6, Laxa 6, Elchico 4, Camacho 4, Saralu 4, Oagasawara 4, Naraja 3.
Agape 42 — Chenxuan 11, Cai 9, Wang 7, S. Xu 6, T. Xu 5, Hao 2.
Scoring by halves: 26-19, 54-42.

Natibu Warriors 104 — H. Aguon 26, J. Aguon 15, R. Sulap 12, Fejeran 8, T. Sulap 7, Omar 7, Kainoa 7, Malwelbug 6, Evangelista 6, Gande 4.
Agape 33 — Zhao 12, Xiong 8, Wang 7, Luke 4, John 2.
Scoring by halves: 45-12, 104-33.

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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