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THE Garapan Boyz claimed the 5x5 Open Division championship of the Ol'Aces Alumni Basketball Tournament after beating KCB in their two-game match Thursday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.

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The Garapan Boyz pose after claiming the 5x5 Open Division championship of the Ol'Aces Alumni Basketball Tournament at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr

In the first game, Douglas Schmidt orchestrated the run for the Garapan Boyz, controlling the ball while slashing and shooting his way. Schmidt put up his team’s first eight points while Atan Aiferson contributed continuous buckets to further extend their lead.

But KCB’s hoopsters quickly found their way back as Kobe Santos powered his team with triples while his team-mates chipped in a couple of more shots to tie the game. Both teams had an answer for every shot but in the end, it was the Garapan Boyz who notched the win in game one with a clutch shot to triumph, 22-21.

Game 2 was filled with the same amount of energy from both teams.

This time around, KCB’s bench played a huge part in pulling a 10-7 spread. But the lead was quickly erased when Schmidt returned with the hot hand, sinking shots from beyond the arc along with slashes inside. Aiferson then joined the rally with fast break buckets to give the Boyz a comfortable five-point spread.

Santos tried to take matters into his own hands to keep KCB alive, but to no avail as the Garapan Boyz claimed game two, 33-31, and the championship.