11 Jan 2017
- By James Sablan - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety Junior Reporter
THE 670 Sonics continued to climb in the U16 of the 2016 Tan Holdings Christmas Basketball Tournament by handing the Rollers 2 a 54-24 loss during last Monday’s game held at the Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex.
The Sonics played aggressive right from the start with Rafael Ordona leading the team. It was their huge lineup that produced easy shots for Ordona as Jester Kintaro dominated the boards with second chance baskets and fast breaks.
The Rollers 2 could not do so much due to Sonics’ defense efforts.
Jeremy Agulto was the only player making more than two points as they struggled out of 10- point deficit.
The Rollers’ missed many attempts and was forced to take the action inside. Agulto chipped in a few points drawing a handful of fouls connecting five points from the line but did not affect Sonics’ rhythm.
Khristian Itaas and Kintaro maintained their offense firing shots for a 54-24 lead.
In the women’s division, IT&E’s flawless first half performance led to the 20-point victory over Sun Palace 32-11.
It was IT&E’s defense that set the tone in the first quarter. Their defense closed every opportunity for Sun Palace.
Karleen Reyes contributed 12 points.
Diane Pablo’s relentless efforts paid off as she drew fouls to end the first half 16-1.
After the halftime break, Sun Palace finally broke out of the cold spell with Pablo and Hannah Santos sinking shots but their missed shots and turnovers still haunted them as IT&E kept a safe distance.
Quina Flores and Kye Tam took over the second half giving Reyes a break and did well to finish off Sun Palace 32-11.
Vibes closed out the day nipping the win over the Ol’Aces 2 69-66 in the U25 division.
Vibes mostly played from around the perimeter with Anthony DLG sparking the fuse with seven points, one coming from the three-point line while Douglas Schmidt supported by slashing his way to the free throw line.
The Ol’Aces, on the other hand, extended their range sinking four triples in the first half. With every shot that Vibes made, the Ol’Aces retaliated to keep pace while BJ Norita, Jerald Castillo and RJ Pagarados contributed from beyond the arc 28-31.
The Ol’Aces carried their shooting skills over to the second half adding four more triples early in but Vibes maintained control as Matt Duenas came in hot assisting Schmidt with the constant attacks.
It all came down to the final moments when the Ol’Aces were forced to commit fouls in order to stop the clock but Jesse Santos’ reliable shot from the charity line kept Vibes afloat leading to the victory, 69-66.