Ol’Aces Real Deal leads playoff qualifiers


The Ol’Aces Real Deal’s Dean Blake pulls up for a shot against two Chinatown Titans defenders during the third quarter of their boys U18 division game in the Diaz youth caging yesterday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Ol’Aces Real Deal is still unscathed in the boys U18 division and leads six others teams that are playoff-bound in the 2018 Frank M. Diaz Memorial Youth League.

The Ol’Aces Real Deal improved to a 9-0 record after last weekend games and is likely to hike its mark to 10-0, as it was way ahead against the Chinatown Titans, 79-28, after three quarters of their one-sided match yesterday.

The CT Law NMI Rollers (pending the complete results of last night’s games), is in second place with a 7-1 record and is likely to be joined in the playoff round by Saipan Vegas Extreme (6-3), NSA Warriors 1 (6-4), 670 Sonics XVI (5-3), 670 Sonics XVIII (5-3), and 670 Sonixs XVII (5-5).

Only the Top 8 out of the 12 squads in the division will earn slots to the playoffs and Saipan Vegas (4-3) may join the early qualifier depending on the results of the remaining games of the Chinatown Titans (3-6) and NSA Warriors 2 (2-7). Law NMI Rollers (1-8) and Kagman Sparkls (0-9) are out of contention in the single-elimination playoffs.

The CT Law NMI Rollers notched win No. 7 after downing the Chinatown Titans, 50-33, last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

The CT Law NMI Rollers set up the double-digit victory after holding the Chinatown Titans to one field goal in the first period. Louie Calayag made the lone field goal—a triple—for the Titans, while Matthew Richarson scored 8 points for the CT Law NMI Rollers to hand his squad a 14-4 advantage after the opening canto.

It was cruise control for the CT Law NMI Rollers from thereon en route to their 17-point winning margin.

In other games last Saturday, Saipan Vegas Elite and 670 Sonics XVII defeated their respective opponents.

Saipan Vegas Elite earned its fourth win after outclassing the Law NMI Rollers, 52-46.

Isaac Perez and Albert Atan stepped up for Saipan Vegas Elite in the fourth quarter to keep their team’s safe distance against the Law NMI Rollers. Atan registered 8 points in the final canto, which started with Saipan Vegas ahead by only 4, 36-32. Perez, on the other hand, scored 4 of the squad’s last 8 markers.

The 670 Sonics XVII got victory No. 5 after easing past the Kagman Sparks, 54-26.

The 670 Sonics XVII led right from the get-go after holding down the Sparks to three fields goals in the first quarter. The 670 Sonics XVII then pulled away in the second canto, as Kagman’s offense turned from bad into worse as it only made 3 markers in that period.


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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