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LAY IT UP – Wolfpack Blue player Miguel Portea puts up a floater during first-quarter Filipino Canadian Basketball League action last Sunday at the Canada Games Centre.

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WALLED OFF – Kiiwaadin Swan, right, gets into the heart of the defence but finds his way to the rim impeded.

FCBLY returns after a short break

Much like the NBA, the players in the Filipino Canadian Basketball League of Yukon (FCBLY) did not get a long offseason after the final trophies were awarded in its 13th season.

By John Tonin on April 22, 2021

Much like the NBA, the players in the Filipino Canadian Basketball League of Yukon (FCBLY) did not get a long offseason after the final trophies were awarded in its 13th season.

The league began its 14th season in mid-March, only a month-and-a-half after Miranda defeated Earls in the Women's Division championship game.

It was an action-packed schedule, with two games on Friday and one on Sunday.

The Sunday afternoon contest at the Canada Games Centre pitted Wolfpack players against each other. Although the players on each side are accustomed to training together, they left it all on the court in an entertaining match.

The team in Blue dispatched those on the White side 55-49.

Both teams tried to find their footing in the first quarter. The defence was on point, as players in both the blue and white jerseys did well to move their feet to contain drives and close out on shooters.

On offence, the two sides used crisp passing to get open looks but the shots weren't falling in the early going of the opening quarter.

The shots began to fall later in the first. The teams continued their drive and kick actions which generated looks at the rim and from the three-point line.

White took an early lead but Blue was able to hang around. By the time the buzzer sounded to end the first, no team was able to separate themselves.

In the second stanza, Blue was able to build a slight advantage. Unlike their counterparts, they were able to generate looks in transition, not allowing the defence to set.

The game ebbed and flowed. As Blue looked like they were gaining momentum, White came back and would drill consecutive threes to keep it close.

As the contest moved into the second half, it remained back-and-forth, but it was Blue who came out the winners.

Mark Mabilog led the Blue side in scoring, notching 14 points. Miguel Portea netted 13 and Gage Sweeney chipped in with 10 points.

Arlow Walker led White and all scorers with 19 points. Kiiwaadin Swan netted 17 for his side.

The two games last Friday were in the 35 Under Division and played at CSSC Mercier School.

The early game was between Tri Omni Property Mgt. and Wolverine. This match could only be described as a blowout, as Tri Omni took the game 91-46.

Sweeney, who also played in the Sunday game, led Tri Omni and all scorers with 22 points. Four other players hit double-digits, Chad Williams, 17, Josh Rumbaoa and Jo Aying, 11, and Ian New, 10.

Aimen Salim had 13 for Wolverine. Orin White had 12 and Swan scored 10.

The late game between Cornerstone Construction and Brgy. Miranda was much closer. Only two buckets separated the two sides, with Cornerstone taking the game 80-75.

Cornerstone had four players hit the double-digit mark. Bryan Hermosa led everyone in the scoring department with 36. Ralph Hermosa added 18 while Solieil Stimson and Kevin Octavio each had 10.

For Miranda, Bon Bon Posescion netted 24. Rj Siosan had 14, Don Pehar scored 13, and Paul Stehelin potted 10.

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