Jaguar humbles Choppers
Team Jaguar trailed most of the game as the Choppers opened the game with a 24-12 advantage and then closed the half with a 39-27 lead. But the Jaguars did not give up as they used their stinging trap defense to force the Choppers to turnovers as they narrowed the gap at 57-53 going into the fourth quarter.
From there the Jaguars continued their defense and outscored the Choppers with a 37-33 run as they tied the game at 90-all forcing the extra period. In the extra period, it was still a close game as both teams engaged in a seesaw battle with the Jaguars emerging as the victors.
Erwin Gonzalgo paced the Jaguars with 21 points as teammate Gener Aguinaldo added 19 as they now sport a 4-3 win-loss record while PJ Esguerra topscored for the Choppers with 26 as teammate and rookie Mark Louie Lofranco chipped in 20 baskets as they also tally a 4-3 card in the team standings.
In other games, Mam’l Divers Rangers won over the Guardians, 92-74; team Spoilers crushed PNQ Rams, 113-76; and Surangel and Sons defeated Hanpa Cardinals, 116-99.
Games will resume on May 22 with Aloha Maid Choppers versus Spoiler in the curtain raiser at 11 a.m. followed by the Ilocandia Bulls-Guardians tussle at 12:30 p.m. as PNQ Rams will face Surangel and Sons at 2 p.m. while Western Union will meet the Slashers in the main game at 3:30 p.m.
This year’s FBL is sponsored by Aqua Drinking Water, ATT Bar and Restaurant, Blue Bay Petroleum Inc., Budget Mart 1, CTSI Logistics/Western Union, Engr. Bobby Pineda, Galaxy Dexigner, Galaxy Builders, Kabayan Restaurant, MJ Trading and General Merchandise, Palasia Hotel, Palau Royal Resort, Palau Shipping Co., PITI, Sea Passion Hotel, Shimbros Inc., The Print Zone, The Taj Restaurant, VMJ Construction and WCTC. The FBL is under the supervision of the Palau Basketball Federation.