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Saipan Vegas, IT&E score second wins

SAIPAN Vegas and IT&E are ascending in the Marianas International Basketball League tournament, triumphing over their opponents on Friday at the Marianas High School gym.

But Saipan Vegas ended the night with a scare as they barely escaped the clutches of Bridge Capital, 88-84.

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Saipan Vegas’ Aiferson Atan pulls up for the open midrange shot during Saturday’s game in the Marianas International Basketball League tournament at the MHS gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Saipan Vegas seemed to have total control with a double-digit lead in the first quarter. The quickness and midrange shots of Aiferson Atan gave his team control as he sliced his way inside countless times, sinking a total of nine points. His team-mate Preston Basa found his range from afar with three triples while Zack Lizama put in six points for a 31-15 gap in favor of Saipan Vegas.

Bridge Capital picked up the pace in the second quarter as Matt Duenas used his strength to get inside, scoring eight points. But he failed to get the help he needed to keep the momentum going. Their defense also needed work as they continued to struggle against Saipan Vegas’ offensive streak. Coby Santos was nowhere to be seen at the start but he later exploded with 11 points which was more than enough to maintain a double-digit spread. More of the same was seen throughout the third canto as the rest of the team chipped in to stay well ahead.

But when it came down to the final quarter, Bridge Capital made a sudden comeback.

Leeroy Rangamar managed to find his stroke from beyond the arc, firing four consecutive three-pointers to quickly reduce the gap. With the help of Fred Pelisamen, John Santos and Matt Duenas, Bridge Capital seemed poised for an upset win. Luckily for Saipan Vegas, they used the time to their advantage and held on long enough to keep the lead and secure the win, 88-84, for their second straight win. Bridge Capital suffered its second loss.

IT&E 77, Caravan Marauders 52

IT&E could not shake off the Caravan Marauders until the final quarter when IT&E’s smart passes and ball movement gave them the edge.

IT&E’s well-balanced lineup established a double-digit margin in the opening quarter. It was their teamwork that wreaked havoc as they opened up shot after shot with Jaymark DeGuzman on the frontline carrying the team with six points supported by Ivan De Vero, Ehroll Peredo, Darwin Barbo and Gerald Flores who all contributed four points each for a 25-13 advantage.

The Marauders came back strong in second canto as their efforts turned defense into offense to erase the deficit. Ken Viray and Prince Factor’s presence was felt around the perimeter, scoring 12 points while holding down IT&E to just seven team points moving into the halftime. The score was deadlocked at 33-33.

But IT&E managed to bounce back in the third quarter. The never-ending energy of IT&E’s younger line up prolonged their high-paced tempo with Jaymark DeGuzman picking up where he left off, scoring seven points alongside Jack Aranda and Junar Guiab, to regain a 10-point leaded, 52-42.

The Marauders tried to stay alive but as soon as they switched to zone defense, IT&E’s well-placed screens allowed Elmer Esdrelon to sink two triples enroute to a blowout victory, 77-52.

Scores

Saipan Vegas 88 - Coby Santos 18, Preston Basa 17, Aiferson Atan 11, Jack Lizama 6, Douglas Schmidt 10, Jeff DLG 4, Marvin Rabauliman 4, Basa 2, Franko Bondoc 6, Greg Sablan 4

Bridge Capital 84 - Matt Duenas 18, John Santos 11, Leeroy Rangamar 12, Fred Pelisamen 18, CJ Rogolifoi 4, Rey Cabaltica 5, Ernest Duenas 4, Pete Lizama 6, Vince Teregeyo 4

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IT&E 77 - De Guzman 15, Peredo 10, Esdrelon 8, Flores 8, Aranda 7, Rabasto 6, Barbo 6, Devero 6, Guiab 6, De Dios 3, Rafols 2

Caravan 52 - Factor 16, Viray 11, Andrew 9, Standish 6, Castro 4, Quan 2, Sablan 2, Villarin 2