By Regina Shiroma
Team Bank of Guam has advanced to the championship game, after defeating the Tamuning Typhoons 58-55 in their 18+ semifinal matchup of the 2012 Golden Hoops Tournament at the Tamuning Gym Sunday night.
Consisting of momentous runs throughout, the two high caliber teams hustled up and down the court, each in the hopes to take the win for a chance to take the title.
The Typhoons came out storming in the second half, and were in familiar territory, recording an 11-0 run to bring them within one point of B.O.G. again, 39-38. B.O.G.’s Ivan Babauta dished in a lay-up over the defense to end the Typhoon’s run and increase their lead 41-38. Four minutes of back-and-forth scoring was ended by B.O.G.’s Joey Reyes and they began to pull away from there.
Just as they had been doing all game long, it looked as if the Typhoons were going to go on yet another run, but the clock raced against them. Even though B.O.G. held the lead, they did not let up nor give room for a Typhoons comeback.
Two minutes into the game the Typhoons were up by six as their starters went right to work at the whistle. They did not know it yet, but their 9-3 lead would be their last lead of the night. Nevertheless, their lead would only be short lived, as a B.O.G. Roque Charfauros three would spark a 23-4 run early in the half. Anthony Babauta landed a trey with ten minutes and 26 seconds left, and Cory Lorenzo scored the last four points in the run off a pair of free throws and a lay-up to make the score 26-13; Lorenzo chipping in 13 points in the run.
Down by 13 points, the Typhoons immediately answered back with a 13-2 run of their own. Typhoons big man Pieerce Evangelista contributed seven points and Art Hemeister’s three-pointer brought their team within one point of B.O.G. However, baskets from Eric Reyes, Ivan Babauta, and Charfauros put B.O.G. up 34-27 at the end of the first period.
B.O.G.’s Cory Lorenzo led the way with a game-high of 21 points, two rebounds and two steals. Ivan Babauta followed with 13 points, eight rebounds, one steal, one block and two assists.
In the loss, Jude Martinez led the Typhoons with 16 points, two rebounds and three steals while teammate Evangelista tallied 15 points, six rebounds, one block and one assist.
B.O.G will face Nationals in the championship game Sunday at 7 pm at the Tamuning Gym.
30 plus competitive division
Tamuning Typhoons earned their third championship title with a win against Inarajan Hawks 61-51. Typhoons Jon Pedersen was named MVP. JoeSteven Duenas with the Inarajan Hawks was named the Division Top Scorer with a total of 133 points averaging 14.78 per game. The Hawks beat Bank of Guam in the semi finals 55-49 to earn the final slot in the championship game.
40 plus competitive division
Team Fire Club claimed its second championship title against Tamuning Typhoons 66-
51. Benny Cruz with Team Fire was named MVP. Ada’s Trust Club Boyet Valerio won the top scorer award with a total of 135 points averaging 19.29 per game. Tamuning Typhoons earned a victory against Ada’s Trust Club in the semifinals 69-54 to earn the final slot in the championship game.
Coed recreation division
Fuetsa Club claimed its first championship title against Guam Radiology (GRC) 47-46. Fuetsa’s Sonia Sanchez received the MVP award. GRC Dayriel Ollet won the top scorer award with a total of 114 points averaging 11.40 per game.
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