GYBA Slips past Team Palau

Team Palau smiles for the camera

The Guam Youth Basketball Association used their size advantage to muscle their way to a 78-70 victory over Team Palau in the 2007 19-and-Under Micronesian Youth Basketball Association Tournament, hosted by the Guam Basketball Confederation, last night at the University of Guam field house.

John Oqueno and Neil Apilado led a well-balanced attack with 14 points apiece for GYBA, who improve to 2-0. Dan Tulabo and Dioor Jones added 12 points each. Perry Oiterong had a game-high 24 points for Palau (0-2).



  • Saipan Southern Sonics 95, Chuuk 71: Ivan De Vero's 28 points and six rebounds powered the Sonics (1-1) to their first victory. Terles Charles had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Chuuk, who drop to 0-1 after an opening day bye.


  • Team Guam 87, Guam Dragons 57.


  • Team CNMI 77, Guam High School 55.

    In Monday's late games:


  • CNMI 83, Palau 75: Jericho Cruz set the bar high as he scored a tournament-high 38 points on opening day. Teammate Bill Babauta added 19 points while Bedor Kyota led Palau with 21 points.


    Women's game

  • Guam 98, CNMI 37: Lili Baranda's 26 points led Guam in a preview of the women's gold-medal game to take place on Saturday. Maeann Pajaro added 16 points for Guam while Chelsea Ruluked led CNMI with eight points.



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