Connect with us

Basketball

BULLDOGS AVOID UPSET FROM DOLPHINS

The Okkodo Bulldogs defended home court Saturday morning against the Southern Dolphins.

By Jay Leon Guerrero

The Okkodo Bulldogs survived a comeback and defeated a scrappy Southern High Dolphins squad 69-66 in the ISA Boy’s Basketball League Saturday morning at the Bulldog gym.

The League is entering its final week of the regular season and only the top four teams will enter the playoffs in the new format.

Justin Arjona led Okkodo with a game high 28 points to help the Bulldogs improve to a 4-2 record. Okkodo is holding on to fourth place in the league with the JFK Islanders in fifth place with a 3-2 record.

Wendy’s Players of the Game: Jose Suarez & Justin Arjona

“Our game plan today was to actually work the ball inside. If they didn’t have anything, then they would swing the ball out to us to look for an open shot,” said Arjona.

The Dolphins did well with their interior defense and the Okkodo guards were ready, especially Arjona, who went 6-12 from downtown. 

Kyler Aflleje led the Dolphins with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Despite having just eight players available for the game, the Dolphins started strong with a 14-10 lead after the first quarter. Aiden Charfauros provided the offense in the first quarter for Southern with eight points.

Okkodo found their stroke from deep with Arjona and Jose Saurez combining for five triples in the second quarter to go up 37-26 by halftime. The Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run to close the second quarter.

The Dolphins slowly chipped away at the lead and found themselves trailing 50-52 with seven minutes left in regulation. EJ Cruz recorded two steals and turned them into easy baskets to start the fourth quarter, forcing the Bulldogs to call a timeout.

Saures and Arjona hit back-to-back three’s after the timeout and increased their lead to 58-50. The Dolphins mounted one final comeback with Brennan Cruz, Aflleje and EJ Cruz scoring but a pair of free throws from Okkodo forward Jesse Martin secured the win.

EJ Cruz hit the final basket of the game, a 50-foot long distant shot at the buzzer, for a final score of 69-66.

Suares had 15 points for the Bulldogs; Elpizo Orichiro contributed 14 points, four assists and two steals.

“We’ve come a long way and our chemistry is getting better since the pre-season. If we keep improving, I think our team can make it the championship game,” said Arjona. 

The Dolphins’ playoff hopes are fading as they drop to a 1-4 record. EJ Cruz had 15 points and five steals; Brennan Cruz had 12 points and six assists.

The Dolphins will host the GW Geckos Monday. Wednesday is a big game for the Bulldogs who will host the third place Sanchez Sharks.

Here are the ISA Boy’s Basketball standings with one week left:
1. FD (6-0)
2. St. Paul (4-1)*
2. Sanchez (4-1)*
4. Okkodo (4-2)
5. JFK (3-2)
6. Southern (1-4)
7. ND (1-5)**
8. Tiyan (1-5)
9. GW (0-6)

* denotes tie, St. Paul and Sanchez play Monday
**Notre Dame defeated Tiyan 

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

Ad

Athletes Birthdays by W5

GPS Sports Calendar

November

December 2021

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

31st

No Events
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Events for January

1st

No Events
Events for January

2nd

No Events
Events for January

3rd

No Events
Events for January

4th

No Events
Events for January

5th

No Events
Events for January

6th

No Events
Events for January

7th

No Events
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Events for January

8th

No Events
Events for January

9th

No Events
Events for January

10th

No Events
Events for January

11th

No Events
Events for January

12th

No Events
Events for January

13th

No Events
Events for January

14th

No Events
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
Events for January

15th

No Events
Events for January

16th

No Events
Events for January

17th

No Events
Events for January

18th

No Events
Events for January

19th

No Events
Events for January

20th

No Events
Events for January

21st

No Events
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
Events for January

22nd

No Events
Events for January

23rd

No Events
Events for January

24th

No Events
Events for January

25th

No Events
Events for January

26th

No Events
Events for January

27th

No Events
Events for January

28th

No Events
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
Events for January

29th

No Events
Events for January

30th

No Events

National Guard Athletes

National Weightlifter Jacinta Sumagaysay

Sergeant Jacinta Sumagasay has had all kinds of weight on her shoulders and the Guam Army National Guard has been there through every step. The Guard has given Sumagaysay plenty of opportunities in life while also allowing her to do what she does best – lifting her way to Guam’s best in her weight class of 59kg.

Polls

Do you like the change of having ISA boys and girls sports being played at the same time? (example: boys & girls basketball going on at the same time)

View Results

COMING SOON …

3rd Quarter Sports

  • ISA/IIAAG Boys & Girls Basketball
  • ISA Boys Soccer
  • ISA Boys/Girls Tennis
  • ISA Wrestling
  • ISA Paddling
  • ISA Girls Softball

QUICK HITS

5-year-old Guam Sports Network boss Ezra Lujan presents Mangilao Mayor Allan Ungacta with a Free Library made by Team GSPN.
It includes kids books, supplies and backpacks in hopes of promoting children’s reading in Mangilao.

——————————————–

In GRC’s first race of the year, Derek Mandell and Sharon Hawley were the first male and female finishers of the Cross Island 10-mile run Saturday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in Basketball