Pelisamen leads MJD to victory


Two TanHoldings 1 players and one from Top Development, Inc. get ready in the rebound play during an earlier game in the JP World caging. TanHoldings 1 played its first game since the league was suspended last year and won over McDonald’s last Saturday. (Saipan Tribune)

Fred Pelisamen powered MJD Construction to an 86-70 win over Star Water in the 2018 JP World Corp. Customer Appreciation Basketball League last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

MJD Construction was behind in the first half, but managed to fight back and steal the win behind Pelisamen, who scored 26 of his 46 points in the second half. The former CNMI national team member had 13 in the third period, as MJD grabbed the lead, 58-57, after facing an 8-point deficit at the break, 34-42.

Pelisamen was still on target in the final quarter with another baker’s dozen to complete MJD’s comeback. He outscored the entire Star Water team, which was held to 11 points in the fourth frame.

Cecilio Bisana and Bernard Montano also helped MJD’s cause after scoring 18 and 12 points, respectively, while Rommel Dizon had a game-high 22 points for Star Water.

TanHoldings 1 82, McDonald’s 71
Earlier in the second game last weekend, TanHoldings 1 also rallied past McDonald’s.

Behind at 53-66 after three periods, TanHoldings 1 recovered in the fourth after more than doubling McDonald’s output, 29-13.

It was a team effort for TanHoldings 1, as Jun Fidelino scored 9 points, Dindo Pablo and Fradel Sedillo contributed 6 each, and Arjay Nonato added 5. Nonato paced TanHoldings 1 with his 16 points, while Pablo and Fidelino finished with 15 and 13m, respectively.

Jaymark De Guzman led all scorers with his 26 markers and failed to get enough help from his teammates in the fourth frame.

McDonald’s led by as much as 14 points in the first half, 42-28, before letting the win slip from its hands in the final canto.

Second Game
TanHoldings 1 82—Nonato 16, Pablo 15, Fidelino 13, Esdrelon 9, Sedillo 9, Labadan 8, Dimafelix 4, Macoto 2, Villamena 1.
McDonald’s 71—De Guzman 26, Macaranas 13, Mc. Achas 12, Ladro 10, Mike Achas 8, Jo. Achas 3, Ju. Achas 3.
Scoring by quarters: 14-21, 28-42, 53-66, 82-71

Third Game
MJD 86—Pelisamen 45, Bisana 18, Montano 12, Del Castillo 6, Soriano 4, Barreto 1.
Star Water 70—Dizon 22, Itaas 19, Santos 16, Gaviola 8, Manas 4.
Scoring by quarters: 18-20, 34-42, 58-57, 86-70.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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