BOMI Ralik Ratak Shootout first day results
The BOMI 12th Ralik Ratak Shootout Basketball Tournament's first day of games was completed Tuesday, November 4, 2012 in Majuro with three games.
In the opener, women's Team Mejit took on Team Jaluit. Both teams had a slow start, with the score 6-4 Mejit after one quarter. Mejit pulled away to a 17-10 halftime lead. But Jaluit mounted a comeback in the second half to draw closer. Team Mejit held on to win the game, 35-28.
Top scorers for Team Mejit were Faith Lang with eigth points and Lucy Zackios adding seven. For Jaluit, Marylou Louis scored five points to lead her team.
The second game featured women's Team Majuro versus Team Arno. Team Majuro took a commanding lead of 25-15 at the half, and looked to be on its way to blowing out Arno. But in the scond half, Arno mounted a furious comeback coupled with limiting Majuro to 16 second-half points. Arno managed to close the gap to just three points, bringing the crowd at the CMI court to life, shouting encouragement to Arno. But Motin Lorennij, who led her team with 10 points, put in one of two free throws in the final seconds to seal the 41-37 victory for Majuro.
Zoya Langbit added seven points for Majuro. For Arno, Neri Wase led all scorers with 11 and Maya Sam added 10.
The third game feautred the men's bracket with Likiep taking on the tough Team Lae. Likiep managed to stay with Lae for the first half, with the close score of 20-17. But in the second half, using its trapping full court defense, Team Lae forced many turnovers against Likiep and took command of the game. Final score, 78-50.
Mokku Lamille led Lae with 24 points, followed by Lajji Maddison, who scored 15. Victor Navarro scored 17 for Team Likiep.
Games continue nightly at the CMI court.
Photo: Arno's Maya Sam drives to the basket against Team Majuro in first day action at the Shootout.