CTSI thumps Lady Rollers 56-41

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THE CTSI girls improved their record in the 2019 TanHoldings Christmas Basketball Tournament by beating Lady Rollers, 56-41, on Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex.

It was not an easy battle at first despite CTSI’s great start. Mikki Kautz opened up with the first two buckets but it was Jan Travilla that gave the team some room to breathe after firing three consecutive shots, including one from beyond the arc.

The Lady Rollers retaliated with pure hustle as their defensive game disrupted CTSI’s offensive run. With a few successful stops, the Lady Rollers created shot opportunities that were exploited by Jeraldine Castillo and Bernadette Quitaney who put up seven and three points. However, as the first half was ending, the Lady Rollers started to lose touch, committing a handful of turnovers which gave CTSI the chance to extend its lead. Kautz continued to execute under the rim with help from Jaime Mendoza, Mary Kay Alferos and Madeline Alegre for a 29-17 CTSI lead by halftime.

The Lady Rollers tried to get back in the game as Quitaney took over the spotlight with back-to-back makes but their turnovers continued to haunt them. CTSI, on the other hand, prolonged its assault as Travilla had an answer for every shot of their opponent and contributed a total of 18 points while Alferos and Alegre finished off the second half strong to secure the win for CTSI, 56-41.

For their part, the CTSI boys also won their game against Ol’Aces 3, 45-38.

CTSI took control thanks to Tony Kim who exploded with seven points in the first half.

Ol’Aces 3 picked up the pace in the second half with a bombardment from the three-point line courtesy of Airson Atan. But CTSI managed to hang on as Matthew Ong contributed six straight points with Kim also helping to lock in the win, 45-38.

Rollers 2 joined the winner’s circle that night by beating Ol’Aces 2, 60-50. In the other games, 670 Sonics outlasted Rollers 1, 60-56, while Baby Ol’Aces defeated Lady Ol’Aces, 38-34.

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