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LIGHTS-OUT shooting by Bank of Guam’s Cory Lorenzo, plus a solid performance by their bench, catapulted BOG to a 64-35 victory over Guahan Waste Control during yesterday’s Bud Light Golden Hoops Classic tournament basketball game at the Tamuning Gymnasium.
BOG wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard, winning the opening tip and scoring with only three seconds having ticked off of the clock.
Opening the contest with a 5-0 BOG run, GWC’s Jeff Sablan quickly put a stop to it by chipping in a short bank shot from the righthand side of the key. And, for the first 10 minutes of the opening half, GWC matched BOG shot for shot and at one point tied the game at 15 apiece with a Dave Dickson 3 from 27 feet.
After a couple of busted plays, followed by the subsequent trading of buckets, BOG’s Lorenzo took over the rest of the first half, knocking in back-to-back-to-back buckets (Lorenzo finished the game with a game-high 18 points, 15 of which came in the first half), helping stretch his team’s lead to 31-19.
With a 12-point lead in hand, and with just under five minutes remaining in the opening half, all five BOG starters got a breather, giving their bench the opportunity for playing time.
BOG’s bench did their job, allowing only one GWC score, while Manny Borja, with the clock expiring, knocked home a 3, closing out the first half leading 34-22.
The second half started for BOG with a strong and balanced scoring attack, which saw nine different players hit the scoring mark. While within the first 8:30 of the final period, GWC’s anemic offense only amassed three points.
Finding themselves up by 23 points 52-29, BOG’s starters took to the pine, once again, for a well-deserved blow.
Helping take the wind out of GWC’s sails, BOG’s Jerry Hinkle (11 points) drained three unanswered shots from behind the arc. Just to show he was human, Hinkle had his next bomb rim out. BOG finished the half making 80 percent of their 3-pointers (4 out of 5), with BOG’s Carlito Reyes knocking in the game’s final shot from deep.
After the game, BOG’s Lorenzo commented on the win, “We played good D and played for fun.”
In the losing effort, GWC’s Rey Sablan had 12 points, Mark Taijeron had seven, and Melsior Kerman Jr. chipped in six.