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JUSTICE WINS GOLDEN HOOPS

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By Nate San Nicolas

Tooth Fairies' Earvin Jose dribbles past the defense of Justice's Will Stinett. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Tooth Fairies’ Earvin Jose dribbles past the defense of Justice’s Will Stinett. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

It was Championship Game Day this Saturday afternoon as the Bud Light Golden Hoops Classic 2013 Spring Tournament was finally coming to a close.

With three separate divisions playing for a first place trophy, the Tamuning Gym was lit up with cheers towards the end of the day as Team Justice took home the first place trophy in the 18 plus Competitive Division, sneaking past the Dr. Ha Tooth Fairies with a 55-48 win.

Taking home the Championship MVP Honors was Team Justice’s Reggie Rechebong, who contributed 14 points to the Justice victory, and the Top Scorer Award of the 18 plus Competitive Division went to Joe Blas of Tamuning Typhoons I, who averaged 26.93 PPG and scored a total of 404 points throughout the entire tournament.

Down by seven heading into the second half, the Tooth Fairies decided to turn the tides in their favor, going on a 10-2 run led by Earvin Jose who scored three of the five nifty baskets. Then Sandy Fejeran of the Fairies shifted the momentum to their favor when he hit back-to-back three-point shots, increasing their lead to seven.

Justice's Jay Casimiro attempts the hard shot over the contesting defense of Tooth Fairies' Jino Han. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Justice’s Jay Casimiro attempts the difficult shot over the contesting defense of Tooth Fairies’ Jino Han. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

However, MVP Rechebong was not going to let the Fairies fly away that easily, taking the ball into his hands and knocking down a basket and a shot behind the arch to bring their relentless fans and supporters to cheers. With the momentum increasing in the Justice favor, Will Stinett stepped on to the court and made a presence, knocking down not one but two shots after being fouled, and the first being a shot in three-point territory. After Stinett’s acrobatic performance, the game was tied at 48 apiece.

Team Justice was finally able to pull away when John Chaco and Stinett hit back-to-back three-pointers that put them up by six with 51 seconds left to play. The Tooth Fairies were throwing up countless shots behind the arch to try and get back into the game, but with the missed opportunities, the final buzzer sounded and Team Justice was crowned the victor of the 18 plus Competitive Division.

Helping out Rechebong’s 14 points was Chaco and Stinett who knocked down 13 and 11 points respectively.
On the Fairies side, Vince Estella was the leading scorer of the game, who knocked down four three-point shots along with many jumpers for a total of 20 points. Fejeran contributed 10 points of his own in the Fairies’ effort.

In other Championship Match-ups:
30 plus Competitive Division:
– Tamuning Typhoons I defeated the Team Defenders 64-58.
MVP Award: Darrick Bollinger
Coed Recreational Division
– Tamuning Typhoons force an IF game against the Thunder Cats with a narrow victory of 64-65, which was rescheduled for a later date.

 

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Tooth Fairies' Sandy Fejeran skies for the offensive rebound. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Tooth Fairies’ Sandy Fejeran skies for the offensive rebound. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Justice's Reggie Rechebong taps board off a cherry pick. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Justice’s Reggie Rechebong taps board off a cherry pick. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Tooth Fairies' Earvin Jose dribbles around the defense of Justices' Joaquin Charfauros. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Tooth Fairies’ Earvin Jose dribbles around the defense of Justices’ Joaquin Charfauros. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Justice's Jay Casimiro scores the hard-fought layup over the defense of Tooth Fairies' Jino Han. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Justice’s Jay Casimiro scores the hard-fought layup over the defense of Tooth Fairies’ Jino Han. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Justice's Will Stinett reels in the defensive rebound. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Justice’s Will Stinett reels in the defensive rebound. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

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