After a summer of basketball, the 2019 Summer Sizzle Hoops Fest, presented by Community First Federal Credit Union, wrapped things up with a week of championship games. The league crowned its various age-division champions in a weeklong series of epic battles.
Keeping in line with the theme of sportsmanship first, the Sinajana Youth Basketball Association recognized the Malesso Rebels Basketball Familia, awarding them the Sportsmanship Award for their fair play during the summer league.
Southside Rockers edge Yes Dear!
EJ Cruz was the hero of night, hitting the game-tying bucket and the go-ahead free throw in overtime to take home the ninth- and 10th-grade division championship in a thrilling 44-43 victory Wednesday at the Sinajana gym.
Cruz and teammate Josiah Quintanilla scored 16 points apiece for the victory. The duo was named the Community First Federal Credit Union’s co-Most Outstanding Players for the 9th-10th grade division.
Yes Dear!’s Josh Sebastian and Jesse Martin scored 12 points apiece to pace the game, but didn't close out.
• Southside Rockers 74, Barrigada Crusaders 30: Rockers’ Josiah Quintanilla scored a game-high 28 points. Crusaders’ Tyrone Buekis scored 16 points.
• Yes Dear! 49, Umatac 76ers 32: Yes Dear!’s Dkson Attan scored 11 points and teammate Jesse Martin scored nine points. 76ers’ Kyler Aflleje scored 15 points.
• Barrigada Crusaders 43, Sinajana Rockers 38 (OT): Crusaders’ Tamarrein Henderson scored 19 points and sister Taneea Henderson added 13 for the win. Rockers’ Marcus Camacho scored 19 points, while teammate Tahj Rasa added 14 points.
• Umatac 76ers 45, Blue Devils 38: 76ers’ Kyler Aflleje and Tyler Cruz scored 11 points each. Blue Devils’ Alex Slomka scored 14 points.
Crusaders Grey win girls division
Avenging their lone loss from the regular season, the Barrigada Crusaders Grey outlasted the Bulldogs to claim the inaugural girl’s division championship in the 2019 Summer Sizzle Hoops Fest. Crusaders Grey’s Taneea Henderson scored a game-high 17 points and teammate Alexsia Aquino scored 12 points. Bulldogs’ Erin Moldez scored 12 points in the loss. Henderson was named the Community First Federal Credit Union’s Most Outstanding Player.
• Bulldogs 29, Barrigada Crusaders Black 12: Bulldogs’ Amaiya Fontanilla scored 10 points. Crusaders Black’s Laila Smartt scored four points
• Barrigada Crusaders Grey 39, Royals 27: Crusaders Grey’s Taneea Henderson scored 14 points and teammate Alura Hernandez scored 11 points. Royals’ Arri Arceo scored 18 points.
Sinajana Rockers claim competitive division
• Game 1 - Sinajana Rockers Green 36, Sinajana Rockers White 33
• Game 2 - Sinajana Rockers Green 29, Sinajana Rockers White 25
In a much-anticipated matchup in the double-elimination playoffs, the Sinajana Rockers Green defeated the Sinajana Rockers White twice to claim the Tiempon Somnak championship in the middle school grades 6-8 competitive division. In game one, Rockers Green’s Jaden Santos and Blaise Ada scored 12 points each. Rockers White’s KJ Martin had 10 points, and teammate Ralph Macaldo scored eight points. Ada hit the game-winning three with seconds left to send his team to the “if” game.
In Game 2, Blaise Ada picked up where he left off in with a nine-point performance. Rockers White’s KJ Martin scored eight points, and Jeff Gozum scored seven points in the losing effort.
Umatac 76ers’ Xander Sanchez was named the Community First Federal Credit Union’s Most Outstanding Player in the 6th through 8th-grade competitive division.
Spartans named Tiempon Minagof champs
• Yona Spartans 32, Malesso Rebels 25: In the Tiempon Minagof championship game, the Yona Spartans prevailed over the Malesso Rebels to claim the title. Spartans’ Franklin Ninete scored 13 points and teammate Gabriel Sarmiento popped three three-pointers to finish with nine. Rebels’ Shayne Quichocho scored eight points.
Elementary School grades 1-3: Tiempon Somnak
• Sinajana Rockers Green 35, Malesso Rebels Sesyon 18: The Sinajana Rockers Green defeated the Malesso Rebels Sesyon to claim the Tiempon Somnak bracket championship in the elementary school grades 1-3 division. Rockers Green’s Kai Flores scored 21 points and teammate Avyn Pangelinan scored eight points. Sesyon’s Dashion Kete and Aliyanah Santiago scored four points each.
Elementary School grades 1-3: Tiempon Minagof
• Team Elite Black 20, Sinajana Rockers White 18 (OT): Team Elite Black defeated the Sinajana Rockers White in overtime to claim the Tiempon Minagof bracket championship in the elementary school grades one-to-three division. Elite Black’s Jacob Carillo scored 12 points, including the go-ahead bucket in overtime. Rockers White’s Jace Calvo scored 10.
Elementary School grades 4-5: Tiempon Somnak
Sinajana Rockers Green 28, Raiders 19: In a rematch of last year’s championship game, the Sinajana Rockers Green and Raiders went head to head for the Tiempon Somnak Championship in the elementary school grades 4-5 division. The Rockers Green defeated the Raiders squad, 28-19. Rockers Green’s Michael Bork scored 11 points and younger brother Mario Bork scored five points. Raiders’ Addison Delos Santos finished with 10 in the loss. Rockers Green’s Michael Bork was name Most Outstanding Player.
Elementary School grades 4-5: Tiempon Minagof
• Barrigada Crusaders Explorer 25, Sinajana Rockers White 18: The Barrigada Crusaders defeated the Sinajana Rockers White to claim the Tiempon Minagof bracket championship in the elementary 4-5 division. Crusaders’ Christian Benavente scored six points. Rockers White’s Tomas Duenas scored eight points.
Middle School grades 6-7, recreational: Tiempon Somnak
• Sinajana Rockers Green 23, Inarajan Hawks 20: In another rematch of last year’s championship game, the Sinajana Rockers Green and Inarajan Hawks went toe to toe for the Tiempon Somnak Championship in the middle school grades 6-7 recreational division. The Rockers Green defeated the Hawks, 23-20. Rockers Green’s Noah Hernandez scored seven points and teammate Terson John scored six points. Hawks’ Josiah Sablan and John Paul Taimanglo scored nine points apiece. Rockers Green’s Noah Hernandez was named Most Outstanding Player
Information was provided in a press release.