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Rollers 1 claim U18 championship

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ROLLERS 1’s hard work finally paid off as they claimed the 2019 TanHoldings Christmas Basketball Tournament championship after beating their “siblings,” Rollers 2, 58-47 on Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex.

Rollers 1’s Matthew Richardson dribbles past a defender during Sunday’s championship game of the TanHoldings Christmas Basketball League at the TSL Sports Complex.  Photos by James F. Sablan Jr. 

Rollers 1 were calm and collected as they picked apart Rollers 2’s defense. With each successful push, Rollers 1’s Matthew Richardson capitalized and scored three consecutive buckets to hand his team control.

Rollers 2 followed closely behind thanks to Jayyart Palms’ consistency, scoring eight straight points, but their hopes were quickly erased as Rollers 1’s fresh five stepped up and delivered. Dillan Cruz, Steve King and Gregory Deleon Guerrero all contributed to give their team a 34-19 lead by halftime.

Rollers 1 had a good scare when they reached a bump in their path to victory due to miscommunication that allowed Rollers 2 to catch up. Koby Mizutani suddenly found his stroke as he connected back to back shots.

Luckily for Rollers 1, Ervin Villarin had an answer on the other end, putting up eight points while King ended the game with two buckets to secure the win and the championship for Rollers 1, 58-47.

Scores:

Rollers 1 58 - Steve King 11, Gregory Deleon Guerrero 10, Derrick Atalig 9, Matthew Richardson 9, Ervin Villarin 8, Dillan Cruz 4, Chioni Dela Cruz 3, Anthony Lajara 2, Roger Valencia 2

Rollers 2 47 - Koboy Mizutani 13, Jayyart Palms 12, John Paul Cruz 9, Freddy Pelisamen 4, Aaron Magno 4, Darren Pangelinan 4, Jeremiah Diaz 2

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