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MUNA HONORED AS JUSTICE WINS GOLDEN HOOPS

Team Justice claimed the Golden Hoops 30-plus division basketball championship defeating the Bud Kings Wednesday night at the Tamuning gym. Justice avenged their only loss of the tournament and dedicated their victory and season to the late Jason Muna, who had just passed earlier this year.

By Jay Leon Guerrero

Team Justice claimed the Golden Hoops 30-plus division basketball championship defeating the Bud Kings 73-48 Wednesday night at the Tamuning gym. Justice avenged their only loss of the tournament and dedicated their victory and season to the late Jason Muna, who had just passed earlier this year.

“The game is dedicated to our good friend Jason Muna. He played with the Phoenix Sons this season but he used to play for Team Justice for at least 20 years,” said guard Jay Casimiro. Casimiro and his teammates huddled after the game and held up one last chant for their friend.

“We put on the uniform for him for this tournament. We lost one to them (Kings) and we came back by sticking together as a team,” added Casimiro. Casimiro and Team Justice wore black tape on their jerseys in honor of their friend and co-worker.

Jay Casimiro of Team Justice gets the block on Will Davis before he can score.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Jay Casimiro of Team Justice gets the block on Will Davis before he can score. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

The Kings came out cold and missed three easy lay-ins as Justice took a 13-3 lead to open up the contest. John Chaco hit two 3-pointers and Reggie Rechebong scored on two lay-ins during the early run.

The Kings started their comeback with less than 5 minutes left in the first half behind a three-pointer from Jun Navarro and an “and-1” lay-up from Will Davis to trail 28-21.

With 3:28 left, Justice got a huge lift off their bench players with Jerry Hinkle hitting two 3-pointers and Dean Manglona converting a tip-in from an offensive rebound to push the lead up to 16 points by halftime. Justice led 38-22 going into the final half.

The Kings continued to go to their man defense and played tight defense but Justice was just too hot from beyond the arc. Casimiro hit a 23-footer and Chaco followed up with a three-pointer of his own with the shot clock winding down. Despite the good King perimeter defense, Justice still drained their three-pointers hitting 9 total for the game.

The Kings were down by 20 points with 12 minutes remaining in regulation but still played hard with Navarro banking home a mid range jumper and Gail Santos hitting from inside the paint to cut the deficit to a dozen points. Darrick Bollinger also contributed to their late run but their deficit was just to much to overcome.

John Chaco (left) and Reggie Rechebong (right) tie for MVP of the game.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

John Chaco (left) and Reggie Rechebong (right) tie for MVP of the game. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

With seven minutes remaining, Rechebong hit a fast break lay-in and Joaquin Charfauros swished a three-pointer to go up by as much as 30 points. Justice cleared the bench with four minutes remaining as they celebrated early.

Rechebong and Chaco were voted the game co-MVP’s. Rechebong scored a game high 21 points, Chaco had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.

Davis came off the bench to lead the Kings in scoring with 14 points, Navarro scored 13 points and dished out 4 assists.

Stats

Justice:
John Chaco – 15 PTS, 10 REB
Reggie Rechebong – 21 PTS, 2 AST
Joaquin Charfauros – 5 PTS, 7 REB, 11 AST
Jay Casimiro – 9 PTS, 3 AST
Oscar Espinosa – 9 PTS, 3 STL

Kings:
Jun Navarro – 13 PTS, 4 AST, 4 REB
Will Davis – 14 PTS, 2 REB, 1 BLK
Gerald Jones – 11 PTS, 7 REB
Darrick Bollinger – 4 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST

Team stats:
Rebounds – Justice 30, Kings 30
Assists – Justice 22, Kings 13
Turnovers – Justice 5, Kings 10
3 pointers – Justice 9/26 (35%), Kings 1/11 (9%)

PHOTO GALLERY:

The Kings win 2nd Place overall.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

The Kings win 2nd Place overall. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

John Chaco gets a shot off before being blocked by a King.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

John Chaco gets a shot off before being blocked by a King. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Reggie Rechebong of Team Justice goes up and collides with Darrick Bollinger for two points.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Reggie Rechebong of Team Justice goes up and collides with Darrick Bollinger for two points. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Reggie Rechebong of Team Justice swats the ball out of the hands of Darrick Bollinger just in time.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Reggie Rechebong of Team Justice swats the ball out of the hands of Darrick Bollinger just in time. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Gail Santos of the Kings gets the block on Jerry Hinkle.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Gail Santos of the Kings gets the block on Jerry Hinkle. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Dean Manglona of Team Justice receives a pass down in the paint for the easy two pointer.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Dean Manglona of Team Justice receives a pass down in the paint for the easy two pointer. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Will Davis of the Kings pulls up for long two pointer.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Will Davis of the Kings pulls up for long two pointer. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Jun Navarro of the Kings attempts to fly to the basket for two points.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Jun Navarro of the Kings attempts to fly to the basket for two points. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

John Chaco finds his way to the hoop to let go of a nice floater.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

John Chaco finds his way to the hoop to let go of a nice floater. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Jay Casimiro of Team Justice gets trapped in the corner by a King.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Jay Casimiro of Team Justice gets trapped in the corner by a King. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Oscar Espinosa flies past Kings to put up two for Team Justice.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Oscar Espinosa flies past Kings to put up two for Team Justice. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

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