PIC crushes Armatech for third win

Pacific Islands Club coasted to its third win in the open division of the 2015 San Antonio Community Action Network Basketball League after pounding Armatech, 92-50, last Monday night at the San Antonio court.

Pacific Islands Club’s Raymark Castro goes up for a one-hander against the outstretched arm of Armatech’s Jerome Malasarte during the second quarter of their open division game in the San Antonio caging last Monday at the San Antonio court. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Pacific Islands Club’s Raymark Castro goes up for a one-hander against the outstretched arm of Armatech’s Jerome Malasarte during the second quarter of their open division game in the San Antonio caging last Monday at the San Antonio court. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

PIC held Armatech scoreless in the first four minutes and change of the match to bag the easy victory and hand the latter its second loss in as many games in the West Group of the inaugural league.

While Armatech was without a field goal for nearly five minutes in the opening frame, PIC got two early triples from shooter James Abuy and two point-blanked shots from Darwin Barbo and Devin Galloway for a 10-0 advantage. PIC never relinquished the upper hand from thereon although Armatech, which finally made it to the board at the 5:39 mark off Haejun Park’s triple, managed to bring the deficit to single digits at halftime, 27-34, after falling behind by 14 at the end of the first period, 10-24.

PIC regained the twin-digit spread in the third period, 66-40, with Abuy again on fire, drilling the team’s first 8 points in the second half. The rest of his teammates joined the scoring spree, including PIC’s second and third stringers to demolish Armatech.

Abuy, who suits up for Armatech in the masters division, top-scored for PIC with his 15 points, while Mardix Eroch added 14 off the bench. Mike Espinosa was the third PIC player to hit double figures with his 10 markers, while seven of his teammates contribute at least 6 points apiece in the rout.

Armatech had only one player tallying twin digits with big man Stephen Tolosa logging 14.

Meanwhile, in another open division pairing last Saturday, Cholos also notched its third win after outclassing Ferrera Builders, 84-75.

Cholos dominated Ferrera Builders right at the get-go and withstood the latter’s rally in the final canto behind Jun Tabora’s successive baskets for the 9-point winning margin.

Tabora, who was held to two field goals in the first three periods, registered Cholos’ last 8 points to thwart Ferrera’s comeback bid.

Monday Game
PIC 92 – Abuy 15, Eroch 14, Espinosa 10, Quitugua 9, Feria 9, Galloway 8, Hambros 7, Babauta 6, Castro 6, Barbo 4, Rabasto 2, Aranda 2.

Armatech 50 – Tolosa 14, Asuhan 8, B. Malasarte 7, Duenas 5, Park 5, J. Malasarte 4, Pablo 4, Sacramento 2, Canedo 1.

Scoring by quarters: 24-10, 34-27, 66-40, 92-50.

Sunday Game
Cholos 84 – Rangamar 14, Tabora 12, Lizama 12, Lerio 11, Norita 8, Zalgatar 7, Tobias 6, Capalad 5, Camacho 4, Laguindam 4, Hernandez 2.

Ferrera 75 – Mortos 17, Edralin 12, Salalila 11, Lontoc 10, Paraiso 10, Guiang 8, Eldich 7.

Scoring by quarters: 26-12, 48-36, 64-53, 84-75.

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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