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The 2015 Yigo Youth Basketball League concluded in dramatic fashion Saturday evening with the Guam teams splitting the two championship matches with the visiting teams from the Philippines.

16U Yigo 60, Philippines 58

Yigo’s Jason Diaz and Josh came up big in the clutch while holding off a late-game rally from the visiting Philippines team in the second half. In the final minute, Philippines Sorita got hacked and sank both free throws to get within a single possession 60-58, but the Yigo defense held strong to give the Philippines team their first loss in the tournament.

Sam Fichiuo of the Yigo team collides with a Philippines player but manages to get the shot off.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Sam Fichiuo of the Yigo team collides with a Philippines player but manages to get the shot off. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

14U Philippines 42, FBLG 32

The high flying Hawks couldn’t get past the undefeated Philippines stars in the finals. The visiting team held a double-digit lead through most of the contest, with the Hawks getting as close as only eight points in the second half.

PHOTO GALLERY:

A Philippines player passes to his teammate who is wide open in the paint.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player passes to his teammate who is wide open in the paint. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player jams through his opponents and leaps for a speedy layup.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player jams through his opponents and leaps for a speedy layup. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player denies a Hawk from scoring.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player denies a Hawk from scoring. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player sprints down the court and around the defending Hawks.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player sprints down the court and around the defending Hawks. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

 A Philippines player is pressured by Hawks and is in need of passing the ball.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player is pressured by Hawks and is in need of passing the ball. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player drives into the paint for a layup but is confronted by Hawks.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

A Philippines player drives into the paint for a layup but is confronted by Hawks. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Jahmar White of the Hawks releases a floater after driving down the court.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Jahmar White of the Hawks releases a floater after driving down the court. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

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