by Joey Miranda
Tennis serves six gold medals
Brian Tuncap Jr. trail blazed back from a 4-6, 2-4 deficit to take the second set tiebreaker 7-3 after knotting the set at six. In the final set for the match and gold Tuncap seized control with a 3-0 lead. Charles Oliver Jr. came storming back to even the set at five and force extra games. In the end, Tuncap earned the gold medal on a 7-5 third set victory with Oliver settling for the silver in the all Guam finals.
In another all Guam battle, Anthony John claimed the bronze medal in the consolation match defeating Joshua Cepeda 6-3, 6-0.
Guam women settled for silver and bronze when Katie Lai lost to top seed Ayana Remingill of Palau 1-6, 3-6 in the gold medal match. Camdyn Nadler defeated Margarette Finnen of Pohnpei in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in the consolation match for bronze.
Cepeda and Oliver outplayed John and Tuncap to claim the doubles gold medal in the men's division. With the loss, Cepeda and Oliver take the silver. Lai and Espinosa also earned gold in the women's division while the silver went to runner up Nadler and Del Carmen.
Oliver and Lai earned Guam's sixth gold medal as they defeated Rengill and Keith Ignacio of Palau while Tuncap and Nadler ousted Cepeda and Espinosa for the bronze.
With the medal haul from Tennis, Guam reassumed pole position in the medal count with 37 gold medals, 26 silver and 11 bronze.
Va'a women paddle to silver in the long distance event
Guam’s Va’a women team fell 21 seconds short of a gold medal finish, as they paddled their way to the silver medal on a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 1 second to finish the 15km long distance course. The event was contested in scorching heat that began at Lidakihka Causeway, out through the breakwater, onto the airport and back.
It was a disappointing outing for men's Va'a as Guam's paddlers finished in fourth place. The team had difficulty maneuvering through their lane where they ran aground on coral that caused them precious time.
Women Softball to play in Gold Medal match
Men Softball out of medal contention
Women Softball earned a gold medal match berth via defeating Marshall Islands in the first versus second game round. However, Marshall Island will be their gold medal opponent as they beat out Pohnpei in the losers bracket. The championship game is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Pohnpei time (10:00 a.m. Guam time) at the Spanish Wall.
Guam men’s fast pitch softball team bowed out of medal contention as they lost to the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the consolation match.
Basketball remains undefeated
Guam basketball continues to plow through their opponents on their way to the gold medal matches. The women demolished the CNMI as their speed and agility was no match for their opponent. The end result was a 97-49 drubbing as they march to the finals match at 2:00 p.m. against the Marshall Islands.
The men’s team led from start to finish against Kosrae. Guam used their speed to run their lead to nine points 23-14, as they controlled the tempo in the last three minutes of the first quarter. The lead increased at halftime to 41-30 as Guam and Kosrae fought for every possession on both ends of the floor.
The third quarter opened with no team scoring for 2:28 minutes until Kosrae scored at the 7:31 mark. Joe Blas followed with a three pointer, but Kosrae scrapped for back to back baskets to bring the margin to within ten points. Guam’s lead swelled to twenty points via the charity line as fouls hampered Kosrae. But good hustle plays with one minute left allowed Kosrae to come within fifteen points after three quarters 59-44.
Guam had difficulty scoring in the early going of the fourth quarter as Kosrae chipped away on the lead. Kosrae inched their way back to twelve points with 2:49 remaining at 69-57. A three pointer by Kosrae brought them to within nine points as Sakazaki countered with a bucket to lead by 11. During the course of the final minute, Kosrae was called for several fouls that placed Guam on the line and increase its final output to 78-60.
With the win, Guam advances to the gold medal round against Palau at 4:00 p.m. Pohnpei time.
Baseball advances to gold medal match
Despite a loss to CNMI in the 1st vs. 2nd place match, Guam will be back in the gold medal round against CNMI on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The team bounced back from a 2-1 loss against CNMI to beat Palau in the loser’s bracket 5-2.
CNMI jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Guam and never looked back as they defended the plate well against the top seed.
Guam played Palau immediately after the loss and played a total of 18 innings over the course of almost six hours for a chance to redeem its loss against CNMI.