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Toyota Wheelers, Caravan Marauders earn first wins

THE Toyota Wheelers and the Caravan Marauders placed themselves in the winning column in the Marianas International Basketball League on Wednesday, besting their opponents at the Marianas High School gym.

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AK Toyota Wheelers’ Clark Boswell takes the open jump shot during last Wednesday’s game of the 2019 AK-Toyota MIBF Semi-pro Basketball League held at the MHS gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Toyota grilled the Mystique BBQ, 78-68, in the first game of the night.

Alex Lauron powered his team in opening quarter, putting his size to good use as he penetrated inside with eight points. The Mystique BBQ answered with teamwork led by Joseph Torres’ six points while Ariel Moises, Renren Gaviola, Jerald Rivera, Jetzen Jandoc and Jonathan Broncano added a bucket each. But Toyota managed to stay one point ahead thanks to Jedial Manalo’s scoring the last shot in the first quarter for a 22-21 lead.

The second quarter was no different as more of Toyota’s big men continued to rule the paint. George De Guzman fired six points to end the second canto with Toyota enjoying a five-point spread.

In the third quarter, the Mystique BBQ started to heat up as it took advantage of open shot opportunities. Torres continued to deliver, draining a triple alongside Rivera to quickly cut the distance. Barlon Casbin, Gio Dancel and Ronald Bernardo also joined the scoreboard with a shot each. Their team was just five points behind, 52-57.

But the Mystique BBQ could not keep the fire burning in the final quarter. Only Torres maintained efficiency even as Toyota excelled with Kelvin Fitial finishing strong underneath the the rim with nine points and Manalo adding the finishing touches to secure victory, 78-68.

Caravan Marauders 74, Bridge Capital All Stars 68

Caravan also shared the celebration as the Marauders earned their first win in their debut match against Bridge Capital, 74-68.

Caravan started strong with Ken Viray and Josh Andrews taking over for a combined 13 points that gave their team a seven-point spread. Bridge Capital retaliated in the second quarter using fastbreak plays to reduce the deficit. A few pocket passes inside fed Pete Lizama and Leeroy Rangamar but these weren’t not enough as Viray’s relentless attacks drew enough fouls to score four points from the line while Andre Tenorio and Ponce Rasa contributed a few makes to maintain a nine-point gap.

Bridge Capital’s biggest run came in the third quarter when Rangamar found his stroke, sinking two consecutive triples followed by Matt Duenas who powered his way inside for 10 points, bringing his team back to a one-possession game. But the Marauders kept their heads up and returned fire in the final quarter. Sid Quan, who struggled to find his rhythm, finally connected his shots when they were needed the most, making eight points to regain a comfortable distance en route to victory, 74-68.

Scores

AK Toyota Wheelers 78 - George De Guzman 16, Alex Lauron 16, Kelvin Fitial 13, Jedial Manalo 12, Jeffrey Borja 7, Clark Boswell 6,Keith Kintol 4, Rodney Catalla 2, Vhoie Francia 2

Mystique BBQ 68 - Joseph Torres 25, Jerald Rivera 11, Gio Dancel 6, Ariel Moises 5, Ronald Bernardo 4, Marlon Casbin 3, Lucky Natividad 2, Jonathan Broncano 2, Jetzen Jandoc 2, Jayvee Castillo 2, Renren Gaviola 2, Mi’i Tekopua 2

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Caravan Marauders 74 - Josh Andrews 20, Ken Viray 20, Sid Quan 12, Charlie Peters 7, Andre Tenorio 4, Ponce Rasa 3, Ze Tudela 3, Alex Standish 3, Patrick Rotap 2

Bridge Capital All Stars 68 - Leeroy Rangamar 18, Matt Duenas 17, CJ Rogolifoi 8, Pete Lizama 6, Vince Teregeyo 5, Fred Pelisamen 4, Eric Leon Guerrero 3, Austin Camacho 3, Ernest Duenas 2, Jerome Norita 2