Connect with us

Basketball

ROADRUNNERS DEFEND HOME AGAINST WILDCATS

The VSAB Roadrunners defended their home court Monday night and improved to 3-1 in the GDOE Middle School Boys Basketball league with an impressive 61-34 victory over the Luis P. Untalan Wildcats. Both teams entered the contest with identical 2-1 records and the matchup looked to be a close contest, but the Roadrunners took care of business early to keep their regular season championship hopes alive.

By Jay Leon Guerrero

The VSAB Roadrunners defended their home court Monday night and improved to 3-1 in the GDOE Middle School Boys Basketball league with an impressive 61-34 victory over the Luis P. Untalan Wildcats. Both teams entered the contest with identical 2-1 records and the matchup looked to be a close contest, but the Roadrunners took care of business early to keep their regular season championship hopes alive.

The Roadrunners showed full court pressure from the opening tip and capitalized on early baskets by guards Jeremiah Camacho and Francis Borja to take an early 6-0 advantage. Untalan’s Eian Naputi found an opening against the Roadrunner 2-3 defense and swooshed home a three-pointer to cut the deficit in half.

The Roadrunners lived up to their name and pushed the pace, attacking the basket to quickly go ahead by 10 points in the first quarter. Roadrunner Ian Asuncion had a huge second quarter and led the offense for the home team, guiding his team to a 34-14 advantage by the break. Asuncion scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half as the Roadrunners led by 20 at the break.

The Wildcats came out of the locker room determined to make it a ballgame. Naputi scored a quick basket to open the second half. Teammate John Moses followed up with a short jumper in the paint to start a rally. Wildcat point guard Patrick Talosig hit a three-pointer after a Roadrunner basket to get the Wildcat fans cheering.

The Roadrunners missed easy baskets in the third quarter but their 5’11 center Rylen Cajigal came to the rescue. Cajigal ended hopes of a Wildcat comeback, scoring eight straight points to put the Roadrunners ahead for good.

Cajigal had his way in the paint, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the third quarter. Cajigal said that the game plan was to push the tempo early to establish the early lead.

Wendy’s Players of the Game Ian Asuncion & Rylen Cajigil.

“Coach (Erwin Villa) told us to get the rebound and find the guards for fast break lay-ups,” said Cajigal. The Roadrunners executed Villa’s game plan to defend their home court. Roadrunner point guard Amram Yobei converted the old-fashioned three point play with the “and 1” transition basket to add insurance points in the final period.

Despite the loss, the Wildcats’ Darren Cepeda had a good game and managed to score nine points to lead Untalan. Naputi chipped in eight points, Xavier Mesa had six points for the Wildcats who drop to 2-2 for the season. The Wildcats will look to go back above the .500 mark as they host Astumbo Middle School on Wednesday.

Asuncion also scored 13 points for the Roadrunners who improve to 3-1. The Roadrunners suffered their only loss to the Jose Rios Voyagers earlier in the season, they will travel down south on Wednesday to play Oceanview for their next game.

After losing to the Voyagers, Asuncion said that his team did a better job against pressure defense. They learned from their loss and did a better job against the Wildcats.

“Jose Rios played a great game, they have really good defenders,” said Asuncion. “We learned from that game, we are getting better.”

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

January

February 2020

March
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for February

1st

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Events for February

2nd

No Events
Events for February

3rd

No Events
Events for February

5th

Events for February

6th

Events for February

7th

Events for February

8th

9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Events for February

9th

No Events
Events for February

10th

No Events
Events for February

11th

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Events for February

12th

No Events
Events for February

13th

Events for February

15th

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
Events for February

16th

No Events
Events for February

17th

No Events
Events for February

18th

Events for February

19th

No Events
Events for February

20th

Events for February

21st

Events for February

22nd

23
24
25
26
27
28
29
Events for February

23rd

Events for February

24th

Events for February

26th

No Events
Events for February

28th

Events for February

29th

1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

Harvest Eagle Trinity Terlaje

Polls

How will Guam Basketball fair in the first two games of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on Feb. 20th and 24th??

View Results

DID U KNOW?

FD senior Matt Fegurgur first dunked a basketball in his freshman year when he was 6’4″. The now 6’9″ center looks to dominate high school hoops.

 

 

COMING SOON …

– Rizin 21: Aguon and Martinez

– FIBA Asia Cup: Guam vs. New Zealand, Feb 23

– Zach and Larry Return to Guam

 

 

Brawl MMA March 13

QUICK HITS

190 runners took part in the 48th Hafa Marathon (half marathon).

 

Here are the top 5 finishers:

 

Ryan Matienzzo 1:13:17
Kris Lawrence 1:24:12
Taiga Sato 1:25:05
Chris Rasmussen 1:26:48
Carlos Leon Guerrero 1:28:46

 

 

—————————————————-

 

Guam flags were waving in Clearwater, Florida in support of Bubba Nickles and Team USA in their Pre Olympics Softball Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in Basketball