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Toyota, Bridge Capital triumph

THE AK Toyota Wheelers continue to maintain a steady pace in the Marianas International Basketball League after holding down the TanHoldings Stingrays 107-77 on Friday at the Marianas High School gym.

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AK Toyota Wheelers’ DeGuzman goes for the reverse layup during a previous game in the Marianas International Basketball League tournament at the MHS gym.	 Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

It was not an easy fight as the Stingrays ended the opening quarter with the lead thanks to Dayao and Pablo’s performance. Both used their ball handling skills to light up the scoreboard with 12 and 10 points apiece. But the Wheelers played just as well and trailed by only one point, 24-25. Lauron led the run, powering his way inside with eight points while Natividad, DeGuzman and Manalo supported with a combined 12.

In the second canto the tempo shifted in the Wheelers’ favor.

Catalla caught on fire from behind the three-point line, sizzling three consecutive triples. The Stingrays tried to hang on but eventually lost grip as only Guerrero and Tenepere could find an answer which was not enough.

The Wheelers’ lead continued to grow with Natividad taking over. Borja joined in with two buckets from beyond the arc for a 78-58 spread.

Toyota seemed to have the win in the bag but TanHoldings did not give up easily, making a sudden comeback in the final quarter.

The Stingrays’ defense locked down every path leaving only Lauron to past through with a few shots while TanHoldings slowly chipped Toyota’s lead. But the Stingrays could not get enough hands on the ball to stop the Wheelers as Kintol ignited with eight points to secure victory for Toyota, 107-77.

Bridge Capital All-Stars 83, The Game Elite 80

The Bridge Capital All-Starts gained their first win of the season by beating The Game 83-80.

It was a close fight with both teams exchanging leads, but Bridge Capital was in control most of time. With a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, Bridge Capital started to took over. Matt Duenas’ aggressive play drew a handful of fouls, allowing him chip in four points from the free-throw line while Pelisamen supported from the range to establish a 10-point gap.

The Game matched the tempo throughout the last two quarters with aggressive takes. Mintac used his elusive Eurostep to slice his way inside the paint while Fidelino put in six points, but Bridge Capital still led comfortably.

It was not until the final quarter when rest of The Game’s players made their way to the scoreboard. Big man Javier and Abejo combined for 14 points while Mintac continued to deliver in the frontlines with nine points to reduce the gap. However, in the end, the All-Stars played with the clock on their side and held on long enough to secure the win, 83-80.

Scores:

AK Toyota Wheelers 107 - Lauron 20, Manalo 16, Catalla 14, Borja 13, Natividad 12, DeGuzman 10, Kintol 10, Guiltas 8, Vhoie 4

TanHoldings Stingrays 77 - Dayao 25, Pablo 23, Tenepere 10,Tenegrasa 8, Guerrero 7, Palao 4

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Bridge Capital All-Stars 83 - Pelisamen 25,M. Duenas 18, Teregeyo 9, Santos 6, , Rangamar 7, Deleon Guerrero 6, Lizama 4, Camacho 4, Cabaltica 4

The Game Elite 80 - Mintac 25,Abejo 13, Fidelino 12, Javier 11, Sanguyo 6, Castro 5, Santos 3, Sablan 3