21 Apr 2017
- By James Sablan - email@example.com - Variety Junior Reporter
THE Ol’ Aces Elite played strong to the very end holding off the 670 Sonics XVIII to secure a 42-34 victory during last Wednesday’s game of the 2nd Annual Francisco M. Diaz Memorial Youth Basketball League U18 Division held at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.
The Ol’ Aces managed to set the tone as they had the head start using defensive to create a few easy fast break plays.
Renato Ganola led the run putting up three consecutive shots to take the lead.
The Sonics shook off the slow start as they eventually found their momentum cutting the deficit back within a four points.
Roberto Paragados was the man to look for. He started off the first half hot with back-to -back buckets with a few highlighted and-one plays to keep Sonics in the fight.
More of the same was seen throughout the second half. The Ol’ Aces kept their defensive pressure on using teamwork to stay ahead.
Traven Quitugua and Rikko Saralu joined in adding extra fire power with constant slashes inside while dominating the boards to create second chance buckets.
The Sonics only hope lay in the hands of Paragados as he was the only player that remained consistency throughout the entire game.
With the help of John Malasarte and Ronald Bernardo, they stayed within a close distance but just could not get back within reach as the Ol’ Aces used the time to their advantage securing the win 42-34
Ol’Aces 60, Natibu Warriors 33
The Ol’ Aces remained on top in the U18 division as they joined their brethrens the Ol’ Aces Elite in the winners’ circle by defeating the Natibu Warriors by near 30-point blowout.
The Natibu Warriors’ fresh start kept up with the Ol’ Aces as Francisco Lifoifoi and Kekuni Kaoinoa delivered.
But they still trailed by 10 points.
Despite Natibu Warriors’ efforts, their hopes were quickly shut down quickly as the Ol’ Aces silenced them at the second quarter to just four points while they pushed the lead out of sight. Lifoifoi was suddenly out of the picture as he could not regain rhythm leaving no offensive options open.
With their struggle, Ol’Aces easily gained a 20-point distance setting a smooth sail to victory 60-33.
Ol’Aces Elite 42 – Renato Ganola 9, EJ Abejo 9, Traven Quitugua 7, Rikko Saralu 7, Carlos Elchio 4, F-Fred Peter 2, Tommy Augustin 2,
670 Sonics XVIII 34 – Roberto Paragados 18, Ronald Bernardo 6, John Malasarte 6, Jerome Diyco 2,
Ol’Aces 60 – N-Nes Siech 11, Dean Blake 9, Jerald Castillo 7, Greg Sablan 6, Aiferson Atan 5, Brandy Onopwy 5, Coby Santos 4, Jeff Castro 5, KJ Kabriel 4, Jake Pangelinan 2,
Natibu Warriors 33 – Kekuni Kaoinoa 7, Rawhoo Sulap 6, Henry Aguon 6, Francisco Lifoifoi 6, Rocco Garde 4, Junior Aguon 2,