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Islanders notch victories in UFO tournament

THE Islanders were victorious in their games in the Masters and Open Divisions of the United Filipino Organization & IT&E Basketball League on Sunday at the Gilbert C. Ada gym.

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Masters Division Islanders’ Calbone poses with the UFO committee members after he was selected Player of the Game on Sunday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Contributed photo 

In the Masters Division, the Islanders had a tough battle but managed to pull through with a strong fourth quarter finish to take down Saipan Vegas 74-63.

It was a seesaw battle with Saipan Vegas gaining control initially. The Saipan Vegas players’ aggressive approach gave them a few easy points from the free throw line as Usi drew a handful of fouls to chip in three points. Moises also shared the spotlight as he fired three consecutive makes, including one from beyond the arc to give his team a 20-16 advantage.

But the Islanders struck back in the second canto as Tengco caught fire and drained two straight buckets while Calbone, Banzagale and Mendiola provided a shot each as their team snatched the lead, 33-32.

Both teams fought hard with several lead exchanges but neither could gain the upper hand. Moises continued to deliver, putting up seven points while Resty and Maplas cleaned up the mess with eight points combined as Saipan Vegas clung to a one-point lead.

In the final quarter, however, the Islanders took control of the game. Ritual made six straight points. He did not stop there as he extended his range with two triples giving his team more room to breathe as time winded down.

Park and Usi were the only Saipan Vegas players able to penetrate inside, but they could not stop the Islanders from claiming victory, 74-63.

Islanders 96, AK Toyota Wheelers 57

The younger Islanders also displayed their finesse in overpowering the AK Toyota Wheelers.

Pastilana took over the opening quarter, sizzling with 22 points to put the Islanders in double-digit control. Toyota reduced the Islanders’ output in the second canto, but the Wheelers’ efforts were not enough to significantly cut the deficit.

The Islanders picked up where they left off in the second half as they put the game out of reach. Islanders’ Viray, Mangali, Mintac and Jandoc shined with double-digit points en route to a 96-57 victory.