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Sonics XVI edge Saipan Vegas Extreme, 62-61

THE 670 Sonics XVI triumphed in a yet another nail-biting battle thanks to their reliable shots from the free throw line that made it when it counts most to beat Saipan Vegas Extreme, 62-61 during last Wednesday’s game of the 2017 Tan Holdings Christmas Basketball Tournament held at the Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex.

It was a battle of teamwork and hustle as both teams displayed high-paced defensive effort while keeping the ball moving.

The Sonics took advantage of Extreme’s pressure defense as they were able to draw several fouls for Joshua Chavez and Aldrin Dancel to collect the easy points from the charity line.

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670 Sonics XVI’s Brian Kim extends for a block during a previous game of the 2017 Tan Holdings Christmas Basketball Tournament at Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.670 Sonics XVI’s Brian Kim extends for a block during a previous game of the 2017 Tan Holdings Christmas Basketball Tournament at Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Although Extreme suffered from foul trouble early in, they made it up with consistent offense especially from beyond the arc as Steve King and Albert Atan kept the team alive with three triples apiece to remain within reach, 26-29.

More of the same action was seen throughout the second half.

Dancel prolonged his output as he continued to draw a handful of fouls joined by Chavez to stay in control.

But as time progressed, Extreme slowly made their way back to a one-possession game. King nearly stole the show with his outside game firing back to back three-pointers to close the gap.

Despite Extreme’s comeback, Sonics stood their ground thanks to their ball movement finding Dancel and Chavez for the finish. They looked for the foul in order to stop the clock but the Sonics’ high percentage from the line secured the victory, 62-61.

The M&M Salas Ol’Aces joined the celebration gunning down the Saipan Vegas Elite 64-46.

In the girls division the GSM Lady Ol’Aces started off the second round with a good start defeating, IT&E 51-40.

As soon as the Ol’ Aces gained the lead, they never looked back. Their unselfish play constantly found Kenty Halle for the open opportunity while sisters Anna Lei and Eleina Santos assisted with continuous attacks to push the double digit win.

Marianas Variety shared the dominant victory overpowering Shirley’s Coffee Shop 44-13.