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Kanoa rallies past Saipan Vegas Elite, 59-51

KANOA Resort pulled a late-game rally to beat Saipan Vegas Elite, 59-51 during last Monday’s game of the 2017 Tan Holdings Christmas Basketball Tournament held at the Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex.

It was a close battle from start as both teams had an answer for each shot made.

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Kanoa Resort’s Anthony Deleon Guerrero gets fouled as he drives past a Saipan Vegas Elite defender during last Monday’s game of the 2017 Tan Holdings Christmas Basketball Tournament at Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.
Kanoa Resort’s Waren Ellama takes a running floater over a Saipan Vegas Elite defender.

Anthony Deleon Guerrero and Francis Garijo kept Kanoa Resort within reach thanks to their consistency around the rim.

But so did Saipan Vegas.

Laxa Duncan led the pack with two triples supported by two more buckets inside the paint while the rest on the floor worked as a team to gain the six point lead 30-24.

At one point Saipan Vegas almost had the win in their hands as they held a 10-point advantage.

Despite their demanding control, their rushed plays and turnovers bit them from behind as Kanoa Resort came back even stronger.

Waren Ellama caught on fire grabbing a handful of steals while finishing strong collecting eight points straight. John Elchico tried to take matters into his own hands firing three consecutive triples but failed to stop Knaoa Resort’s run as the Kevin Cepeda joined in along Eric Kiser’s daggering put back to seal the deal 59-51.

Brethren Saipan Vegas Extreme suffered the same fate as they fell to the hands of the 670 Sonics XVII 65-53.

The Sonics high paced action was equaled by Extreme but it was their ability to finish that kept them in control throughout the game.

Jehpnyll Ejercito attacked at will splitting defenders to draw the foul but did not do it alone as Ronilo Cadag, Christian Bravo and Raven Francisco chipped in with a few shots to jump to a nine-point lead.

Extreme pulled out all they had onto the second half especially from beyond the arc as Javier Okaruru, Leo Naraja, Steve King, Lukas and Atnony Lahara all contributed a triple each but it was still not enough to pull a quick comeback due to Sonics’ efficiency running away with the win 65-53.

In the girls’ division, Marianas Variety still holds on to the fight standing victorious over CTSI 41-38 alongside IT&E defeating Shirley’s Coffee Shop 50-40.