THE Sixers have secured a spot in the finals of the NMI Rollers Basketball Association Men's Tournament after defeating The Game and Pacific Auto over the weekend at the Koblerville gym.
Against The Game, the Sixers used their strong start to stay in control and notch a 90-79 win.
The Sixers were simply unstoppable in the first half as Jack Aranda knocked down shot after shot to give his team the lead.
He punished The Game by attacking the rim for six points and capped his performance with three buckets from behind the three-point line as the Sixers stormed to a 15-point lead.
The Sixers also dominated the boards with a handful of offensive and defensive rebounds courtesy of Anthony Lajara, Gerald Flores and Jun Fidelino while Don Brennan and Khristian Itaas donated a few points to further widen their lead.
The Game fought back but with little success despite pulling down several rebounds. Rey Calbatica and Richard McWilliams were the team’s only players who were consistent on the offensive end, but with the lack of firepower, The Game trailed 19-42 by halftime.
In the second half, however, the Sixers nearly lost their touch.
Due to excessive fouls, Laraja and Josh Andrew of the Sixers were forced to sit the remainder of the game while team-mate Jaymark De Guzman had to tread lightly with four fouls and 12 minutes left on the clock.
The Sixers decided to stop applying pressure and slow the ball, but that gave The Game a chance to catch up.
Dennis Mendiola started to find his groove while team-mates Sagum, McWilliams, Joe and Dayao contributed to the cause, including two triples, to cut the deficit and give the Sixers a good scare.
Fortunately for the Sixers, Aranda, Itaas and Fidelino worked well during crunch time, sinking critical three-point shots to maintain a safe distance, and lead their team to victory, 90-79, and a spot in the finals.
The Sixers also emerged victorious against Pacific Auto, 40-29.
Sixers 90 - Jack Aranda 21, Khristian Itaas 21, Jun Fidelino 13, Jaymark De Guzman 8, Anthony Lajara 7, Gerald Flores 6, Don Brennan 6, Josh Andrew 5, Jun Javier 2
The Game 79 - Richard McWilliams 19, Dennis Mendiola 11, Joe 10, Rey Cabaltica 7, Sagum 7, Dayao 6, Dean Blake 4, Arellano 4, Deleon Guerrero 3, Joe Sablan 3, Manalo 2