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Ballerz ready to face foes in Bali

AFTER sweeping other teams in the qualifier over the weekend, the Ballerz are ready to face their foes from 15 different countries like Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Singapore in the Mixed U18 IBF Youth Leaders Basketball Cup that will be held from September 7 to 10 in Bali, Indonesia.

Dean Blake, Coby Santos and Cassandra Camacho earned the rights to represent NMI in the event as they topped qualifying tournament at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.

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Dean Blake, one of the players from Ballerz, takes a contested shot during the previous 2018 FMD Memorial Youth Basketball League at Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

It did not take Ballerz too long before they reached the finals. Their teamwork and strength were unmatched as they blew through all three opponents with ease.

Their first victim was Tribe. The Ballerz used height to their advantage as Dean Blake dominated the boards opening a handful of second chance buckets which left Coby Santos to carry the team with four straight triples gaining the quick lead.

Tribe’s Patrick Atalig and Isaac Perez tried their best to stay in the game but were only left with five points before Ballerz closed the deal 21-5.

Hafa Adai was the second victim to go down from the hands of Ballerz.

Hafa Adai gave Ballerz a much tougher time as they were more skilled. Although they were able to deny half of Ballerz’s run, they still struggled to get a shot up. It was Dean Blake’s defensive awareness that denied Hafa Adai any easy shots while Santos and Cassandra Camacho shot the lights out to grasp the win 18-6.

Ballerz toughest battle was their third match against Krew.

Angelo Factor, Dillian Cruz, Jerlyn Castillo gave a good fight sticking close by with every shot made. Ballerz played at a more aggressive pace taking the game inside but Krew at a different approach. Although Krew had more shot opportunities sinking three shots from beyond the arc, Ballerz stayed aggressive to stay under control. Camacho joined in on the action with Santos picking up five to aid in their 22-9 victory placing Ballerz in the finals untouched.

Hafa Adai, who suffered their first lost against Ballerz, made their way back from the losers’ bracket.

Duncan Laxa led Hafa Adai back to the top first taking down No Idea followed by Easy Money before making their way to the finals to get the rematch with Hafa Adai.

Despite Hafa Adai’s journey, they were met with the same fate going up against Ballerz.

Santos was on fire draining three-pointer after three-pointer. His heat spread like wildfire as Blake got in on the range attack adding four triples of his own to keep the distance.

Hafa Adai’s Laxa and Eric Leon Guerrero give it their all but just could not put a stop to Ballerz’s offensive prowess settling for the defeat as they reached the 22 point mark 22-10.