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Rollers slip past Ol’Aces 49-41

ROLLERS has added their first win in the books of the Pacific Amusement & The NMI Rollers Youth Basketball Tournament U18 Division after escaping Ol’Aces rally 49-41 held last Saturday at the Koblerville gym.

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Rollers’ Steve King dribbles along the baseline during last Saturday’s game of the Pacific Amusement & The NMI Rollers Youth Basketball Tournament U18 Division after escaping Ol’Aces rally 49-41 held last Saturday at the Koblerville gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.
Rollers’ Bailey Spaeth protects the ball as he gathers for the shot between two Ol’Aces defenders Pacific Amusement & The NMI Rollers Youth Basketball Tournament U18 Division after escaping Ol’Aces rally 49-41 held last Saturday at the Koblerville gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

It was a rough start for both teams as defense played a key role in the opening half. Rollers seemed to have the found their rhythm early as they Steve King, SunJoon Tenorio and Chris Sablan contributed a bucket each for the 6-0 start. Along with their defensive efforts filling the stat sheets with steals and rebounds, they were able to hold down Ol’Aces scoreless for the nearly seven minutes.

But with a timely break by the Ol’Aces via timeout, they quickly found their footing and worked their way back within reach.

Coby Santos was the first to break the silence and maintained efficiency leading the team with six points. With the help of Icesak Perez playing the role as rebounder, Ol’Aces opened up several second shot chances where Kiku Harpei, Jesstin Laniyo and Andrew Omelau capitalized with buckets to reduce the gap 22-20.

It was a championship-like game as both teams continued on the second half with a handful of lead exchanges.

Santos continued to deliver on the offensive end sinking seven consecutive points, including one from beyond the arc, giving Ol’Aces a four-poitn lead at one point.

Luckily for Rollers, their relentless efforts kept them from straying too far behind. Tenorio was left scoreless but made it up with defense grabbing rebounds, steals and assists feeding King and Ton Lajara inside to trail by just one point 38-39.

But during the last three minutes of the game, it was Bailey Spaeth who stepped up for Rollers as he knocked down two crucial triples to regain control. Rollers nearly gave up the lead as they commit two turnovers in a row but Ol’Aces failed to take advantage of the situation while King dropped the dagger shots to secure the win for Rollers 49-41.

In the U16 division it was Tinian Typhoons that grasped the victory over Ol’Aces 36-29.

Rollers’ U16 team also joined the winner’s circle defeating Chinatown Titans in a close battle 29-28.