Schmidt standing out in UFO caging


Best Sunshine International-Blue Eagle’s Douglas Schmidt, left, reaches in to steal the ball from PC Bargain’s Tito Alano during their game in the UFO caging last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Best Sunshine International-Blue Eagle’s Douglas Schmidt is leading two categories in the ongoing 2016 UFO/IT&E Inter-Organizational Basketball League.

The former Palau National Team player is ahead in the assists and steals departments. In five games, he has collected 16 assists for an average of 3.2 per match. Schmidt’s quick hands and good ball anticipation resulted to a league-best 25 steals or an average of 5 per game. The BSI-Blue Eagle gunner could have topped the scoring division, too had he not missed one game (in their loss to Ali’i Blue Haus/Bayani).

James Villacrusis of PC Bargain has scored the most points so far in the league with his 156 in six games, while Schmidt has collected 137. If the average would be the basis for determining the top scorer at the halfway mark of the league, Schmidt would be up with his 27.4 average in five matches. Villacrusis, in six games, averaged 26 points.

Meanwhile, Cavite’s Preston Basa, Save More’s Sid Quan, and Armatech’s Jerome Malasarte are on top of the three other categories.

Basa buried 26 triples in five games to average 5.2 per match, while Quan collared 56, also after five games, to average in double figures (11.2). Malasarte, on the other hand, played only two matches for Armatech/MDX and recorded three blocks.

Meanwhile, the two games scheduled yesterday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium were cancelled and will be played on a later date.

Stephen’s Pawnshop was set to duel 8th Division in the first match last night, while the second game was to pit Armatech against Save More, but both tiffs were called off as the Ada Gym was used by San Jose residents to cast their votes.

Action in the nine-team league will resume tomorrow with Cavite taking on Save More in the first match at 6:30pm and Stephen’s Pawnshop battling Maplas in the 8pm match.

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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