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DC hands first loss to The Game 78-72

THE battle between the two of the top teams clashed last Saturday and it was DC that came out victorious handing The Game their very first loss of the 2019 Civic Basketball League 78-72 held at the Civic Center basketball court.

DC’s Flores goes up for the shot over two MV defenders during a previous game of the 2019 Civic Basketball League held at the Civic Center basketball court. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

It was a fairly even match as the two powerhouses exchanged several leads.

Jun Fidelino quickly found his range at the opening quarter as he led The Game putting up seven points alone while Mack Mintac and Cata Gamboa aided with a bucket each to keep a steady pace. DC answered back with teamwork as Matt Duenas and Jaymark DeGuzman paired up with four points each whiel Ernest Duenas added a bucket as well to hold a deadlock of 11-11.

However in the second quarter DC started to heat up. Jack Aranda found his range alongside Kenji Abobo and Tekopua as they all contributed a triple each while DeGuzman, Ernest and Matt Duenas continued to deliver pushing the double digit spread 39-24.

DC seemed to have the win in the palm of their hands as the lead continued to grow with their run progressing through the third canto to push a near 20-point lead.

The Game was not to be counted out though as they bounced back during the final quarter.

Dean Blake made his presence known under the rim with Mintac and Fidelino combining for 17 points cutting down the deficit back within single digits.

Luckily for DC, Greg Sablan stepped up during crunch time putting up 11 points alone which was enough to keep the team in control leading to the victory 78-72.

Marianas Variety 54, IT&E 51

Marianas Variety finally broke their curse as they joined the winners’ circle defeating IT&E 54-51.

MV dominant start was their key to victory as they push a double digit by the end of the first quarter. Ken Viray could not be stopped as he drove his way inside with 12 points alone while the rest of the first string added a few points for the double digit gap throughout the first half 33-18.

However during the third quarter IT&E suddenly turned up the notch defensively nearly shutting down MV’s run. The high defense pressure of Elmer Esdrelon forced three consecutive turnovers handing Brandon Talania and Ivan De Vero unguarded fast break opportunities reducing the gap to just six points. Luckily for MV, they shots from the line and few successful defensive stops were enough to maintain the safe distance 40-31.

Both teams gave it their all during the final quarter as there was an answer for every shot. Marlon De Dios, Talania and Esdrelon stayed reliable draining two shots each staying within reach. However their missed shots kept them behind as MV’s Prince Factor and Villarin turned trash into gold finishing at the rim with four and three points to secure the win 54-51.

Joining the celebration was 9Eleven Bar & Grill as they nipped the double digit victory over Batang 68-52.


DC 78 – Jaymark DeGuzman 14, Jack Aranda 14, Greg Sablan 14, Matt Duenas 10, Tekopua 9, Kenji Abobo 5, Ernest Duenas 4, Pao Rafols 3, Jun Hernandez 2, Eubank 2,

The Game 72 – Dean Blake 18, Jun Fidelino 17, Mack Mintac 15, Joe Sablan 8, Cata Gamboa 6, EJ Abejo 6, Edward Reyes 2,

Marianas Variety 54 – Ken Viray 21, Villarin 8, Prince Factor 7, Tenorio 5, John Babauta 5, Alex Standish 4, James Sablan 2,

IT&E 51 – Ivan De Vero 17, Brandon Talania 10, Elmer Esdrelon 7, Marlon De Dios 6, Bart Demapan 4,

9Eleven Bar & Grill 68 – Sonny Lerio 20, Perry Inos 15, Eman Cabocha 11, Mike Umali 8, Bernard Montano 4, Erwin Reyes 4, Tercenio 4, Romy Grimpula 2,

Batang 52 – Hernandez 11, Bert Dacunos 10, Rosario 9, Tibayan 6, Alviz 5, Lumanlan 4, Acosta 3, Balba 2, Dick Tibayan 2,