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Ol’ Aces sweep U18 to win FMD crown

THE Ol’ Aces completed a perfect season in the U18 division of the 2nd Annual Francisco M. Diaz Memorial Youth Basketball League after defeating the NMI/DYS Rollers 62-45 last Wednesday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym and won the championship title.

The Rollers gave a good first quarter fight with Warren Ellama and Jun Fidelino finding their range for a triple each to take the lead, 9-8.

But in the second canto, things started to fall apart for the Rollers.

The Ol’ Aces’ full court defense was very effective as they, at some point, did not let them get passed half court, forcing a handful of bad passes.

The Ol’ Aces took advantage of the situation feeding off the Rollers’ turnovers.

KJ Kabriel, N-Nes Siech and Greg Sablan ignited the run finishing three straight fast break opportunities while Coby Santos came off the bench strong firing seven consecutive points, including one three pointer to take control 28-19.

During the third quarter the Rollers geared up getting more action within the paint drawing fouls for the easy makes cutting the lead back within single digits as Jun Alipio started to find his stroke. But they could not hold on for long as Dean Blake and Jerald Castillo stayed efficient regaining the double-digit lead 49-30.

The Ol’ Aces pose with their championship trophy and awards after last Wednesday’s championship game of the 2nd Annual FMD Memorial Youth Basketball League U18 division at Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Despite the Rollers’ efforts, they could not get back within reach as the Ol’ Aces’ defense overwhelmed them. Ol’ Aces hit in the last two minute mark completed their victory, 62-45.

Natibu Warriors 50, 670 Sonics XVI/PHI 35

The Naitbu Warriors bagged the consolation third place trophy as they triumphed over Sonics XVI 50-35.

The Natibu Warriors consistency was their key to victory as they knocked down shot after shot not wasting any possession.

After a slow first quarter start, they pushed the pedal with Rocco Garde leading the pack with four points while the rest of the team contributed a bucket each to gain the nine-point distance 26-17.

The Sonics failed to shake off the offensive drought as they could not find a solution to get passed the Warriors’ defense.

Only Sean Rafols and Jester Kintaro were able to put up shots but it was not enough to pull a rally settling for defeat 50-35.


Ol’Aces 62 – Coby Santos 11, KJ Kabriel 10, Dean Blake 7, Atan Aiferson 8, N-Nes Siech 6, Jeff Castro 7, Jerald Castillo 5, Greg Sablan 4, Frank Bondoc 2, Troy Ngirarios 2, Patrick Manglona 2,

NMI/DYS Rollers 45 – Jun Alipio 11, Warren Ellama 7, Jun Fidelino 7, Manny Cobacha 6, Kenji Abobo 6, June Tengco 4, Jay Kapwich 3, Jon Mendoza 1,