Valles shines as Gamba 97 sus­tains win streak

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Prime Sports - By JAIME A.FRIAS II

NO `Bi­toy’, no prob­lem. With for­mer San Miguel Beer for­ward Nel­bert `Bi­toy’ Omolon skip­ping Gamba’s lat­est out­ing, Niku Ben­son Valles scored a game-high 27 points to lead the 97ers to their six-straight win in the 8th XUHS-ABA Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment last Satur­day at XUHS cov­ered courts here.

The un­stop­pable Valles got a lot of help from Dex­ter Latosa, who chipped in 10 mark­ers, as Gamba 97 drubbed Batch 2006, 53-37.

Af­ter a slow start that put them up by only three, 19-16 at the half, the 97ers struck hard in the third quar­ter, post­ing a 15-point lead, 38-23 that even swelled to 22.

Omolon did come af­ter the game to the de­light of his team­mates.

“Ac­tu­ally, ang Batch 2005 ra ang among tunok kay na-scout na namo nga ku­sog ug dili makumyansa­han,” Valles said.

In other re­sults, Batch 2003 up­sets Batch 2002, 50-45 as the much younger Batch 2004 toyed with Batch 1996 in a blow out win, 72-31.

A decade-old younger, Batch 2001 thrashed the Spar­tans 91, 78-54, even as the more ex­pe­ri­enced Batch 1994 de­feated IAM 98, 64-53 in the night­cap.

It was 2003’s sec­ond tri­umph in 10 games, while hand­ing 2002 of its sec­ond loss in eight matches.

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