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WITH several teams and hundreds of players filling the Tamuning Gym throughout the summer, action in the 2012 Summer Jam Basketball League provided its fans with great and exciting games throughout.
On Aug. 12 and 17, the league gave its last hoorah with championship games before closing out another successful season. "It's always the come-from-behind victory that has the crowd exploding with cheers when the final buzzer goes off," said tournament coordinator Elsa Ulloa.
Thrilling and nail-biting action was what the Inarajan Heat and Asan Maina Rai provided in the 10-under coed division title match.
Inarajan managed to get by Asan with a winner-take-all on the next made basket in the fourth overtime period. With the score knotted at 22-22, Inarajan's Brent San Nicolas drained a shot to give his team all the reasons to cheer.
"It was like a bomb went off with fans jumping on their feet and screaming for joy once the winning basket was made," said tournament staff Tianna Sarrosa.
Both the Heat and Rai didn't end the thrilling production there. Later the two teams met up in the 14-under competitive division. Inarajan managed to steal another close win after edging out the Rai 44-43.
U18 coed recreational
It wasn't just the youngsters that kept fans at the edge of their seats. In the 18-under coed recreational division, the Asan Maina Rai and Cobras Club battled one another in a hotly contested match. Both teams fought effortlessly and needed an overtime period to crown a champ. When the final buzzer sounded, it was the Rai who claimed stake after garnering the 31-28 victory.
U25 men's championship
In the oldest division in the league, the Tamuning Typhoons went head-to-head against the DLX All-Stars for the 25-under men's varsity championship. From beginning to end, no one in attendance was given a clear picture as to who would walk away as champions. Despite a hard-fought battle, DLX ran out of time and fell victim to the Typhoons, losing a 51-49 game.
Other championship game results
?8-under coed: Asan Maina Rai defeated MTM Falcons, 22-12. Asan's Shawn Lampareyo was named MVP.
?12-under coed: Inarajan Heat defeated Tamuning Typhoons, 46-37. Inarajan's DeAndre Cruz and Tamuning's Takumi Simon were named co-MVPs.
?14-under coed recreational: Cobras Club claimed the championship with a 51-17 victory over the Asan Maina Rai. The Cobras’ Ken Brozo was named the MVP.