Strictly Business sweeps foes in 17U

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Strictly Business swept their matches and ultimately conquered the 17U division of the inaugural Battle of the NORF 3-on-3 basketball tournament that concluded last Sunday at the As Matuis basketball court. (Kimberly B. Esmores)

Strictly Business swept their matches and ultimately conquered the 17U division of the inaugural Battle of the NORF 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament that concluded last Sunday at the As Matuis basketball court.

Strictly Business, which included Leopoldo Naraja, Derrick Atalig, Freddy Pelisamen, Lucio Aldan, and Frankie Satur, edged K-Town with a 9-7 victory to take the 17U division of the inaugural 3-on-3, single-elimination basketball tournament last Sunday evening.

Aside from besting K-Town, the champions also prevailed in its match against K-Rollers but no results were recorded.

Naraja said the team’s strategy was to use the pick-and-roll and to always stay one step ahead of their opponents.

Naraja emphasized that the secret for the team was to play with heart. Naraja even compared the drive to win to one of the team’s matches in the Rollers Basketball Association’s league.

“We played great because we played our hearts out just like our Rollers game. We lost one game but in the championships [in the RBA], we came back and won the most important game. It feels exactly like that, that’s what I mean about playing our hearts out,” he said.

In addition, Naraja said they managed the win because they communicated well and played efficiently as a team.

“Our team communicated well and we really worked as a team to win this. The competition was definitely pretty hard with everyone playing their best. I know everyone wanted the win but I think at the end, it just showed who wanted it more which is us,” he said.

In term of preparation, Naraja said he and his team trained together about twice a week.

“We didn’t really practice together for the 3-on-3 but we practiced together for Rollers practices so you can say we practice two times a week,” he said.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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