Saipan Vegas Extreme and NSA Warriors I won the pair of boys U18 division matches in the 2018 Frank M. Diaz Memorial Youth League last Monday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
In the curtain-raiser, the NSA Warriors I topped the 670 Sonics XVII, 46-34, while Saipan Vegas Extreme outclassed the Chinatown Titans in the second game, 54-49.
Carlos Elchico and Duncan Laxa delivered timely baskets for Saipan Vegas Extreme with the former making two triples in the fourth quarter and the latter posting 5 markers, including 3 of the team’s last 5 points. Elchico and Laxa’s field goals allowed Saipan Vegas Extreme to keep its distance against the Titans.
The Titans were forced to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, as Saipan Vegas Extreme grabbed the lead at the end of the third, 41-31.
Daryl Metran nailed 6 of his 8 points in the penultimate frame to help Saipan Vegas Extreme turn a 21-24 halftime deficit to a double-digit spread, going into the third canto. Tommy Lee Augustin and Eric Leon Guerrero combined for 8 more points in that third-quarter recovery, while Elchico and Laxa finished things off for the winning squad.
In the first game, the NSA Warriors I led right from the get-go for the 12-point winning margin.
Henry Aguon started things off for the Warriors I, as he scored 8 points in the first quarter, which ended with his team on top by twin digits, 14-4.
The NSA Warriors I took early control of the match, as they held the 670 Sonics XVII to four free throws in the opening 10 minutes of play. The NSA Warriors I kept going in the next three quarters for the easy win.