THE Tamuning Gym was packed with excitement as week five was played in the Bud Light Golden Hoops Classic 2012 Fall Tournament.
With nine games on tap throughout the day, there was no telling what was in store for family, friends and fans in attendance. The Inarajan Hawks had two games in two separate divisions scheduled. In the 30-plus competitive division, the Hawks took on a feisty Tamuning Typhoons, while the younger 18-plus competitive division players squared off against SPPC 76 Club.
In the older division, both teams gave everything they got up until the final buzzer. When it was all said and done, it was the Typhoons who stunned the team from down south after picking up a 56-55 victory. With less than five seconds on the game clock, Inarajan was clinging on to a 55-53 lead. However, the Typhoons weren’t ready to concede their match. Tamuning capitalized on a left opened Joel Punzalan who positioned himself in the corner during an inbounds play. Punzalan dialed in from long-distance and hit nothing but net to give his team the one-point edge as the final buzzer sounded. While the Typhoons celebrated their win, the Hawks could do nothing but watch with a stunned look on their faces.
The Typhoons were led by Larry Packard Jr.’s 13 points, while teammate Jon Pedersen chipped in 12. In the losing effort, Joe Steven Duenas scored a game-high 16 points, while teammate Joaquin Charfauros added 11.
Hawks vs. SPPC 76 Club
The day wasn’t all bad for the Hawks as the younger division was able to notch a victory. In the 18-plus men’s varsity division, Inarajan trounced SPPC 76 Club 107-38 on their way to a win. The Hawks’ Dominic Sablan was hot from the start and went a perfect 12-for-12 from behind the three-point arc.
“I was just feeling it and the rhythm was there. I’ve had some good games shooting, but this has to be one of the best,” Sablan said.
Sablan finished with a game-high 38 points for the Hawks. SPPC 76 Club’s Aris Santiago scored half his team’s points despite suffering a huge defeat.
18 plus men’s varsity division
- Team Heineken (80), Sixers Club (64): Heineken’s Joseph Blas scored a game high 34 points and Sixers’ Adam Lloyd scored 22 points.
- Four Stars 37, GWC 34: Four Stars’ Gino Soulik scored 12 points and GWC’s Rey Sablan scored 11 points.
- Team Heineken 74, Andersen Defenders 62: Heineken’s Joseph Blas scored 31 points and Defenders’ Delleon West scored 18 points.
- Tamuning Typhoons 60, Team IX Club 33: Typhoons’ big men Derrick Royster scored a game-high 32 points followed by Pierce Evangelista with 14 points. Team IX’s Fred Peters scored 12 points in the loss.
- Bank of Guam Club 56, Malesso Rebels 33: Bank of Guam’s Cory Lorenzo scored 16 points and the Rebels’ Baaron Quinata scored 12 points.
40 plus men’s competitive division
- Team Fire 49, Tamuning Typhoons 39: Top scorers were Team Fire Danny Cepeda with 27 points and Typhoons Joel Balbaestro with 11 points.
Co-ed recreation division
- Fuetsa Club 41, Ada’s Trust Club 30: Fuetsa’s Gino Perez scored 15 points and Ada’s Trust Nathan Ada scored eight points.