Saipan Vegas and the Ol’Aces Extreme earned contrasting victories against NSA Warriors II in the boys U18 division games in the 2018 Frank M. Diaz Memorial Youth League at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
The Ol’Aces Extreme outclassed the Warriors II, 43-37, in a make-up match last Saturday, while earlier last week, Saipan Vegas routed the same team, 49-29.
Saipan Vegas held the Warriors II to two field goals and 5 points in the first quarter to take control of the game and never looked back. Rocco Garde scored the Warriors II’s first basket, while Mark Norita made the 3 other points, but the entire team was outgunned by Albert Atan, who logged 8 markers in the opening quarter for their 12-5 advantage.
The lead ballooned to double figures in the second canto, 25-11, as the Warriors II continued to struggle offensively. Saipan Vegas went on to keep its safe distance in the second half for the 20-point winning margin.
In last Saturday’s make-up game, the Ol’Aces Extreme withstood the Warriors II’s rally in the fourth quarter to notch the 6-point victory.
The Ol’Aces Extreme was on top by 15 at the end of the third period, 38-23, when four Warriors II’s players teamed up in the fourth quarter to threaten the former. However, the double-digit lead in the penultimate canto gave the Ol’Aces Extreme enough cushion, while Carlos Elchico and Eric Kiser scored one basket each to save the day for their team.
Meanwhile, the 670 Sonics XVI edged the 670 Sonics XVIII, 55-54, in the other make-up game last Saturday.
Christopher Sablan drilled the 670 Sonics XVI’s last 3 markers to help his team pull off the close win. Sablan, who was held to one field goal and two free throws in the first three periods, tallied 7 markers in the final canto, while Aldrin Dancel also stepped up in the fourth frame, logging 6 points,