12 Jan 2017
- By James Sablan - email@example.com - Variety Junior Reporter
THE Ol’Aces and Ace Hardware secured their spot in the semifinals of the 1st Annual MIBF Men’s Outdoor Basketball League after eliminating 5-Star and the Jr. Ol’Aces during last Tuesday’s first round of playoffs at the Gilbert C. Ada gym.
The Ol’Aces took advantage of 5-Star’s shortage of players to grab the win 93-80.
5-Star was simply outnumbered as only five players showed up during the first half.
Aside from the lack of back up players, bad communication also kept 5-Star scoreless for nearly eight minutes. Their countless turnovers handed the Ol’Aces back-to-back fast break plays with Fred Palisamen finishing with six points for a 10-0 run.
5-Star finally got things going when Joan Herneaz’s relentless efforts paid off putting up three consecutive buckets putting the game back within reach but the Ol’Aces’ Jesus Iguel and Andrew Palino came out from the bench with four points apiece to stay in control 20-14.
5-Star started to show signs of fatigue as during the second half leaving the Ol’Aces unguarded attempts on the other end.
Iguel heated up with back-to- back shots for 12 points including an and-one and one triple to extend the gap 52-32.
With comfortable lead, the Ol’Aces let their guard down which bit them right back as 5-Star rallied their way back. Angelo Fernando snapped out of the first quarter cold streak with five points.
Hernaez continued to bring damage from under the rim with six points but reducing the 20 point deficit 53-64.
Despite their efforts, the Ol’Aces kept control with smart defensive plays to hand Dan Barcinas and Pelisamen fast break opportunities to secure the win 93-80.
Ace Hardware 65, Jr. Ol’Aces 55
Ace Hardware shared a similar story as they held their ground denying the Jr. Ol’Aces the comeback.
Ace Hardware played strong pushing a double digit lead in the first quarter. Ken Viray’s consistency was recognized as his ability to finish near the rim carried the team with 11 points. Their defense played a major role in their control as the towering height of Brady Hammond and Marvin Rabauliman overwhelmed Jr.
The Ol’Aces grabbed all the rebounds to shut out any second chance buckets holding them down to a minimum of seven points at the second canto to lead 37-19.
Even with the dominant lead, the Jr. Ol’Aces never gave up. They worked their way back within reach. Jeffrey Castro suddenly found his hot spot sinking eight points while KJ Kabriel assisted with five points.
Ace Hardware struggled but Don Brennan managed to keep the team alive with three critical makes.
During the final quarter the the Jr. Ol’Aces started to expand their range connecting three shots from the three-point line cutting down the lead back within 10 points but Rabualiman and Brennan’s consistency was just enough to triumph 65-55.