Twin wins for Ol’Aces Elite; DYS, NMI Rollers prevail


The Ol’Aces Extreme’s Kane Ybanez, right, is hounded by Mt. Carmel School’s Joseph Muna during the first half of their boys U18 division game in the Diaz youth caging yesterday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Ol’Aces Elite notched a pair of wins last week, while DYS Rollers and NMI Rollers topped their respective opponents in the 2017 Francisco M. Diaz Memorial Youth League.

The Ol’Aces Elite first defeated sister team Ol’Aces Extreme, 67-41, in the boys U15 division game last Thursday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium and then had a similar easy victory against the Young Natibu Warriors last Friday, 69-39.

Versus the Young Warriors, the Ol’Aces Elite established an early double-digit advantage at the break, 33-16, and never looked back to remain unbeaten in the division after six games. Rikko Saralu and Duncan Laxa scored 8 points apiece in the first half to lift the Ol’Aces Elite to the 17-point lead.

Laxa and Saralu’s teammates then contributed in the second half to increase their advantage en route to the 30-point winning margin.

Laxa finished with 10 points, while Merrick Toves came off the bench in the second half and also tallied 10 markers. Five more Ol’Aces Elite players chipped in at least 6 markers each to rout the Young Warriors.

Dustin Salilin had 13 points on a losing effort for the Young Warriors.

In the Ol’Aces Elite’s win against the Ol’Aces Extreme, E.J. Abejo and Albert Atan teamed up in powering the former to a 26-point victory.

Abejo scored 16 points, while Atan contributed 15 as the duo outgunned Greg Deleon Guerrero and Frank Mizutani, who combined for 22 points for the Ol’Aces Extreme.

In other results in the boys U15 division, DYS/NMI Rollers outclassed Kagman Rollers last Saturday, 47-40.

Chioni Dela Cruz and John Paul Cruz made field goals in the homestretch, while T.J. Factor and A.J. Hudkins knocked in important free throws to help DYS/NMI Rollers slip past Kagman Rollers. Hudkins ended up top-scoring for the winning squad with his 14 points.

Meanwhile, in the boys U18 division match last Tuesday, the NMI Rollers also triumphed, crushing the Natibu Warriors, 66-43.

The NMI Rollers led from start to finish to take the easy victory. Jude Tengco, Kenji Abobo, Manny Cobacha, and Jun Fidelino combined for 38 points in the NMI Rollers’ lopsided win against the Warriors, who were lead by the 12 points of Henry Aguon.

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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