San Jose finally wins in women’s caging


San Jose players post for a photo during the parade of the 2022 Marianas Village Pride Basketball League. San Jose won against San Antonio last Saturday at the Gillette Multi-Purpose Gymnasium in Gualo Rai. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

San Jose finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel after beating San Antonio, 43-33, in the women’s division of the 2022 Marianas Village Pride Basketball League last Saturday at the Gillette Multi-Purpose Gymnasium in Gualo Rai.

It was the first win in six games for San Jose, who rode the hot hands of national player Irish Pagarao in the 10-point victory.

Pagarao fired 9 points in the first half as San Jose built a 20-14 lead. She would only build on that momentum in the second half, firing another 16 points to lead her team to the coveted win.

Mary Kay Alferos backed up Pagarao’s 25 points with 10 points of her own, while San Antonio, which lost its third game in four outings, was paced by the 20 markers of Aaleyah Fatialofa.

Earlier, Abraham Saralu sank the marginal basket as Finasisu upset erstwhile undefeated Kagman, 51-49, in the boys 13 division.

Jarius Pangelinan led Finasisu with 20 points in Finasisu’s second win in five games, while the now 5-1 Kagman had Liam Wilson’s 14 points leading them.

In the boys 18, Navy Hill kept San Vicente winless with an 88-19 overkill. The win allowed the former to even its record to 2-2, while the latter dropped to 0-4. Nyrel Eugenio led Navy Hill with 15 points, while Jerald Aquino’s 7 led San Vicente.

On Sunday, Tanapag improved to 5-2 after repulsing a late rally by Oleai, 34-30, in the boys 13.

Derek Tenorio and Louis Rectitud shared team-high honors for the victors with 8 points apiece, while the 10 markers of Daniel Joab led the now 3-3 Oleai squad.

In the women’s division, Dandan kept San Antonio winless in the weekend after defeating them, 31-25. Now carrying a 3-1 card, Dandan was led by the 11 points of Kina Rangamar, while the 14 of towering Azriel Fatialofa paced San Antonio, which dropped to 1-4.

Aiden Suba, meanwhile, scored 23 points—including the marginal two free throws—to lift Dandan to a 64-63 win over Chalan Kiya.

It was the first win in three tries for Dandan, while Chalan Kiya dropped its third game in four outings. Lushawnn Reyes spearheaded Chalan Kiya’s sorry loss with 20 points.

San Jose 43 – Pagarao 25, Alferos 10, Breakenridge 4, Ferrer 2, Pena 2.
San Antonio 33 – Aa. Fatialofa 20, Backe 4, Ai. Fatialofa 4, Navarro 3, Enriquez 2.
Scoring by halves: 20-14, 43-33.

Mark Rabago | Associate Editor
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