Saipan Vegas Extreme, Warriors I down foes


An NSA Warriors I defender, right, tries to prevent a Sonics XVI player from pulling up for an open shot during an earlier game in the Diaz youth caging at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

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.

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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