NMI Rollers, Ol’Aces win in U18 games


The CT Law NMI Rollers’ Chris Arceo tries to barrel his way into the defense of two 670 Sonics XVIII players during the first half of their boys U18 division game in the Diaz youth caging last Wednesday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Ol’Aces and CT Law NMI Rollers prevailed in the pair of U18 division matches in the 2018 Frank M. Diaz Memorial Youth League last Wednesday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

The NMI Rollers downed the 670 Sonics XVIII in the curtain-raiser, 42-36, while the Ol’Aces cruised past the CT Law Rollers Bulls in the second game, 90-26.

All the nine players that the Ol’Aces fielded in the lopsided game scored with three of them registering double figures and three more adding at least 8 points apiece for the squad’s balance offense. N-Nes Siech led the Ol’Aces with his 16 points, while E.J. Abejo and Coby Santos contributed 14 and 13, respectively. John Ichihara chipped in 9 markers, while Frank Bomdoc and Dean Blake had 8 apiece.

The Ol’Aces opened a 24-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter and continued to pad their lead in the last three en route to the 64-point winning margin.

The CT Law Rollers Bulls never had a chance against the prolific offense, as only three players made it to the board for the losing squad. Jeremy Agulto tallied 12 points for the CT Law Rollers Bulls, J.P. Cruz recorded 11, and Devon Pangelinan posted 3.

The CT Law Rollers Bulls scored in single digit in each of the first three quarters before logging 13 points in the final canto when the Ol’Aces played letdown on defense, as the former had the game already in the bag.

In the second game, the CT Law NMI Rollers got off to a good start and hung tough in the homestretch to beat the 670 Sonics XVIII.

The CT Law NMI Rollers established a 23-12 lead at the break behind the 12 points of Sunjoon Tenorio and protected the driver’s seat in the second half.

Aaron Ogumoro took over from Tenorio in the second half, as the former dropped 8 of his 10 points in that period. Ogumoro delivered 4 of the CT Law NMI Rollers’s last 7 points with his pair of free throws sealing the deal for their squad.

First Game
CT Law NMI Rollers 42—Tenorio 16, Ogumoro 10, Hudkins 6, Factor 4, Johnny 3, Cruz 2, Quitugua 1.
670 Sonics XVIII 36 —Rafols 10, Alipio 7, Ordona 4, Cobacha 4, Itaas 3, Malasarte 2, Diaz 2, Apasan 2, Kapileo 1.

Second Game
Ol’Aces 90 — Siech 16, Abejo 14, Santos 13, Ichihara 9, Blake 8, Bondoc 8, Kabiroel 5, Ngirarois 4, Sacdalan 4.
NMI Rollers Bulls 26 — Agulto 12, Cruz 11, Pangelinan 3.

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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