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Rollers U14, U16 teams reach semis

THE Rollers’ U14 and U16 teams are one step closer to reaching the championship rounds of the Pacific Amusement & NMI Rollers Youth Basketball League after besting their adversaries on Saturday.

The U14 Rollers tamed the Tinian Typhoons, 54-36, with a strong finish. The Rollers were quick to produce buckets thanks to their defensive efforts, rewarding themselves with points on the other end. Freddy Pelisamen had the sticky fingers as he swiped a handful of steals and scored 10 points. He was able to put up shots thanks to Leo Naraja and Jeremiah Diaz’s court vision as they moved the ball with finesse combining for seven assists with Merrick Toves joining in the onslaught with 14 points.

During the first half, the Sonics struggled with only two players maintaining efficiency, but they picked up the pace in the second half with everyone contributing. Wade Santos and Collin Delacruz fired up with nine points, several assists and steals in hopes to spark a comeback. Devin Cing also added a few buckets while the rest of the team aimed to dominate the board. However, their inability to stop Rollers’ offense kept them behind. Diaz continued to feed his teammates while grabbing a few boards himself while Toves and Pelisamen kept the points coming long enough to secure the win, 54-36.

U16 Rollers 45, U16 Sonics 23

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U16 Rollers’ Steve King protects the ball as he backs down two defenders in the post during  Saturday’s playoff game in the 2019 Youth Basketball League at the Koblerville gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

The U16 Rollers powered past the Sonics with ease 45-23.

Both teams went head to head in the first half with the Rollers eventually taking control. Ervin Villarin showed hustle as he constantly attacked the rim to find himself on the line making three points. Meanwhile, Jayart took advantage with a few ranged shots slipping in nine points with Derrick Atalig and Steve King by his side. Luckily for the Sonics they stayed within arm’s reach thanks to teamwork as John Rizo, Tony Kim, Aldraine Galang and Bryan Bernardo played strong with two buckets each. The Sonics still trailed but only by a point,18-19.

After the halftime break, however, the Sonics seemed to have lost their touch. The Rollers’ pressure defense forced several Sonic turnovers which led to Vallarin finishing on the other end, leading the break with eight points. King’s elusive passes kept Sonics looking the other way as he clipped three consecutive assists, giving Palmes and Anthony Lajara the go-ahead buckets to push the double digit spread that ended in a blowout victory, 45-23.