Playoff cast in U18 division complete


The CT Law NMI Rollers and 670 Sonics XVI players battle for the rebound during an earlier game in the boys U18 division of the Diaz youth caging at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. Both teams are already assured of slots in the playoffs. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The stage is set for the playoff round in the boys U18 division of the 2018 Frank M. Diaz Memorial Youth League as the qualifiers have been determined and only the final positioning has yet to be decided.

Pennant champion Ol’Aces Real Deal (11-0) and the CT Law NMI Rollers (9-1) have secured the Top 2 spots, while rankings of the No. 3 to 8 teams will be known once results of last night’s games and today’s lone match are in. Pending results of the last two playing days, the 670 Sonics XVIII (7-3) is in third place, followed by the NSA Warriors I and 670 Sonics XVI, which finished the elimination round with similar 7-4 records, Saipan Vegas Elite (5-4), Saipan Vegas Extreme (6-5), and 670 Sonics XVII (5-6).

The Chinatown Titans (3-8), NSA Warriors II (2-8), Law NMI Rollers (1-10), and Kagman Sparks (0-9) are out of the single-elimination playoffs, which will start this Saturday with the following pairings: 1vs 8; 2 vs 7; 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5. The semis matches will take place on Monday, while the finals and battle for third are set for Tuesday.

The CT Law NMI Rollers, which has one game left in the 12-team field, got win No. 9 after dominating Saipan Vegas Extreme, 62-41, in one of the three matches played last Wednesday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Aaron Ogumoro and Angelo Factor powered the CT Law NMI Rollers to the easy victory after combining for 21 points.

CT Law NMI Rollers started controlling the match in the second quarter, turning a 13-6 lead to a 23-13 advantage at the break. It kept the double-digit spread at the resumption of the game, as Ogumoro and Factor were still on target for the winning squad.

In other results, the 670 Sonics XVIII also walloped the Kagman Sparks, 80-38, for its seventh win.

The 670 Sonics XVIII held Kagman to two field goals in the opening quarter for an 18-5 lead and never looked back en route to the lopsided victory.

In the third game, the 670 Sonics XVI pulled off a 59-56 triumph over the Saipan Vegas Elite.

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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