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U14 Ol’Aces, U18 Typhoons triumph in Youth Basketball Tournament

OL’ACES youngest team along with Tinian Typhoon’s U18 team joined in last Saturday’s winner’s bracket as they bagged the remaining two games in their respective divisions of the Pacific Amusement & NMI Rollers 2019 Youth Basketball Tournament held at the Koblerville gym.

Ol’Aces U14 team displayed their fair share of skills as they easily thrashed Tinian Typhoon’s U14 team 59-16.

Ol’Aces established dominance as soon as the ball dropped as they rained buckets left and right. They controlled all defensive aspects with countless rebounds to create second chance buckets while Angel Roligat leading the pressure with three steals. His steals turned into offense firing two triples with the rest of the team contributing shots of their own to gain the double digit lead.

Tinian showed effort but failed to shake off the rough start. Devin Cing was their most reliable player as he dominated the boards the boards alone grabbing six rebounds while added six points. Though he did not get the help needed to stay within reach as they trailed 9-25 by the end of the first half.

Tinian tried to step up their game during the second half but continued to draw the short stick staying behind. Lana King joined in the action grabbing rebound after rebound with the rest of the team playing a little more aggressively to get into the foul line but could not capitalize at the line.

Ol’Aces, on the other hand, continued to thrive.

Craig Padayao made his presence known as he filled the stat sheets with two blocks and steals denying Tinian a chance to gain momentum. On the offensive end it was Taisei Desebel, DK Ichiro and Roligat that maintained efficiency plowing Tinian into the ground 59-16.

U18 Tinian Typhoon 49, Ol’Aces II 30

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Tinian Typhoon’s Eron Borja dribbles past a Chinatown Titans defender during a previous game of the Pacific Amusement & NMI Rollers 2019 Youth Basketball Tournament held at the Koblerville gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Tinian shared a similar story as they quickly gained control and held on to seize victory.

Tyler Santos led the run with his relentless effort on both ends of the court slicing through for five points while adding rebounds and steals to the mix. With the help of Gregory Santos and Sirlashu Dela Cruz, they created a comfortable 24-13 lead.

Ol’Aces II fought back for as long as they could but could not kill Tinian’s rhythm. The whole squad worked together but had little production on the offensive end while Tinian continued to deliver with little mishaps to grab the win 49-30.