The week started with Carolina jumping on Manati early to win 96-62 as Alexis Hornbuckle delivered another ruthlessly efficient effort for the hosts. Lajas got closer to their first win, but still fell short against Mayaguez 82-68. The duo of Maria Blazejewski and Charlenny Frias continues to show promise, but it was Ana Barrientos who led the visitors to victory. A thrilling game went to overtime in Ponce as the hosts completed a comeback and won 76-73 despite the best efforts of Talia Caldwell for Santurce. New import Porsha Harris made her debut for the hosts.
There was only one game on Wednesday, but it had a big impact on the top of the standings as Morovis went to Aguada and used a solid fourth quarter to win 76-72. The second game featuring a trio of former Oregon State players did not work as well for the hosts as their debut.
Both games on Thursday ended up being thrillers. Carolina held off Santurce 75-71 at home as each team was led by one of their imports and one of their domestic stars. Markel Walker and Yolanda Jones led the hosts while Talia Caldwell and Dayshalee Salaman paced the visitors. An even closer game in Ponce went to visiting Mayaguez 73-72. The import duo of Shalonda Winton and Amanda Thompson helped their team escape with the win as Tierra Henderson had a solid game for the hosts and Charity Harris continues to emerge as an astute draft pick with a solid rookie season.
It was a busy day on Friday with a great game in Manati highlighting proceedings. Both the imports for Ponce had solid games as Porsha Harris had her best game, but they still lost 65-63. Sandra Garcia led the way in the win as the hosts debuted two new imports, Ashley Shields and Atonye Nyingifa. Carolina had a strong second half as Yolanda Jones led them to an 83-72 win at Aguada. Tayra Melendez had the strongest game of her rookie season for the hosts, but it was not enough. Lajas continues to keep the margins closer, but appears no more likely to get their first win as they lost 73-57 in Morovis despite more scoring from Maria Blazejewski.
There was only game on Saturday in anticipation of the All Star festivities on Sunday. Manati pulled their way back into playoff contention with a 73-69 win over Mayaguez. With the imports proving to be the difference, it was the combined efforts of newcomers Ashley Shields and Atonye Nyingifa cancelling out the best efforts of Amanda Thompson.
The All Star Game was held on Sunday in Mayaguez. In addition to the main game itself, there was a Future Stars game featuring first and second year players and various skills competitions. Elissa Ventura of Ponce won the Skill Challenge. Eugene Artau of Morovis then took the Three Point Challenge. For the Shooting Stars competition, four of the league’s players teamed up with four players from Puerto Rico’s Men’s League. Ana Barrientos of Mayaguez won with Joel Jones of the Arecibo Captains as the former Sacramento State player is one of the veterans on the island. The three teams that did not win were Angel Alamo of Arecibo and Charity Harris of Ponce, Ricky Sanchez of the Guayama Wizards and Sandra Garcia of Manati, and Gilberto Clavell and Ali Gibson representing both sides of Aguada’s club.
The Future Stars Game was divided between White and Colors teams. White featured Cynthia Calixto, Danielle Powell, Amanda Andrades, Delinette Rodriguez, Lanese Bough, Zahira Montes, Fabiola Cosme, Miriam Maria, Ashley Lopez, Kiaraliz Diaz, Neish Franco, Gracemarie Garriaga, and Jenitza De Jesus. The other team had Ashley Gomez, Diamalises Rivera, Keiry Huertas, Eugene Artau, Mireya Romero, Nathalie Colon, Desiree Irizarry, Dayanara Mendez, Natalie Diaz, Jumsi Davila, Lisvette Aviles, Danelise Hernandez, and Melanie Hernandez. White won the game 82-66 as Danielle Powell delivered an MVP performance with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
For the game itself, the four northern teams, Carolina, Morovis, Manati, and Santurce were represented by Yolanda Jones, Kiara Quinones, Michelle Gonzalez, Pamela Rosado, Jazmine Sepulveda, Natacha Alequin, Shae Kelley, Sandra Garcia, Damika Martinez, Cheetah Delgado, and Kayla Thornton and Alexis Hornbuckle to replace Jennifer O’Neill and Markel Walker. The twelve original players for the rest of the teams, Mayaguez, Aguada, Ponce, and Lajas all competed. They were Ana Barrientos, Ashley Prim, Amanda Thompson, Shalonda Winton, Ali Gibson, Tayra Melendez, Deven Hunter, Elissa Ventura, Charity Harris, Tierra Henderson, Maria Blazejewski, and Charlenny Frias. It was a close game throughout, but the southern team won 83-79 with Ali Gibson taking MVP honors after giving her team the lead late. The two last minute substitutions led the northern team in scoring, but it was not enough.
September 13, 2016
Carolina vs. Manati 96-62 CAR Hornbuckle 26/11r O’Neill 19 Walker 18/11r Jones 14 Rivera 6 Gomez 5 Cabrera 4/6a Quinones 4 Rodriguez 0 Reyes 0 Falcon 0 Figueroa 0 MAN Bermudez 15/12r Acevedo 9/6a Morales 9 Tobin 6 Mosby 6 Delgado 5 Bough 4 Garcia 4 Sanchez 4 Pinero 0 Martinez 0
Lajas vs. Mayaguez 68-82 LAJ Blazejewski 21/10r Frias 19/6a Robinson 8/7r Valentin 8 Diaz 4 Hernandez 3 Garriaga 3 De Jesus 2 Franco 0 MAY Barrientos 22/7r Prim 17/7r Winton 16/8r Thompson 13/11r Powell 6 Figueroa 4 Gonzalez 2 Mendez 2 Calixto 0 Quiles 0
Ponce vs. Santurce 76-73(OT) PON Henderson 18/11r P. Harris 17/6r C. Harris 15 Ventura 11 Gonzalez 6/10r Ramirez 4 Mescual 2 Garcia 2 Aviles 1 Hernandez 0 SAN Caldwell 25/18r Gonzalez 14 Diaz 12/6r Placido 8/10r Salaman 8/6r Cosme 6 Rosa 0 Baez 0 Maria 0
September 14, 2016
Aguada vs. Morovis 72-76 AGU Melendez 18/9r Hunter 15/13r Gibson 15/6r Munoz 14 Bright 10/11r Emmanuelli 0 Andrades 0 Rodriguez 0 MOR Goodlett 18/17r Sepulveda 18/7r Rosado 17/8a Alequin 10/10r Kelley 8 Flores 5 Huertas 0 Irizarry 0 Romero 0
September 15, 2016
Carolina vs. Santurce 75-71 CAR Walker 21/16r Jones 16/7r Hornbuckle 15/7a O’Neill 12 Cabrera 9 Rodriguez 2 Quinones 0 Gomez 0 SAN Salaman 21 Caldwell 19/8r Gonzalez 16 Placido 13/8r Diaz 2 Rosa 0 Davila 0 Baez 0 Cosme 0 Montes 0
Ponce vs. Mayaguez 72-73 PON Henderson 24/11r C. Harris 19 Ventura 12/7r/6a P. Harris 7/8r Gonzalez 4 Mescual 4 Ramirez 2 Aviles 0 Hernandez 0 Garcia 0 MAY Winton 21/7r Thompson 19/17r Barrientos 13 Prim 10 Gonzalez 7/6r Batiz 2 Powell 1/6r Figueroa 0
September 16, 2016
Manati vs. Ponce 65-63 MAN Garcia 20/12r Shields 15/9r Nyingifa 15/8r Bermudez 6/13r/6a Sanchez 3 Delgado 2/8a Bough 2 Pinero 2 Acevedo 0 Morales 0 Martinez 0 PON P. Harris 20/13r Henderson 16/9r C. Harris 10 Ventura 6/7a/7s Aviles 4/6r Mescual 4 Gonzalez 3/8r Ramirez 0 Hernandez 0
Aguada vs. Carolina 72-83 AGU Melendez 23/6r Bright 15/6r Hunter 14/10r Gibson 9 Munoz 6 Emmanuelli 3 Marquez 2 Andrades 0 CAR Jones 22/7r Walker 17/10r Quinones 14 Hornbuckle 13/7r/6a O’Neill 7 Cabrera 5/7r Rodriguez 3 Rivera 2 Reyes 0 Gomez 0
Morovis vs. Lajas 73-57 MOR Kelley 17/12r Goodlett 15/12r Alequin 8/10r Rosado 8 Sepulveda 7/6r/6a Flores 6 Negron 6 Romero 4 Huertas 2 Artau 0 Irizarry 0 Colon 0 LAJ Blazejewski 20/7r Frias 16/6r Valentin 5/6r Franco 5 De Jesus 4 Garriaga 3 Robinson 2 Diaz 2 Hernandez 0
September 17, 2016
Manati vs. Mayaguez 73-69 MAN Shields 21/8r Nyingifa 18/10r Garcia 11/7r Delgado 11/6a Sanchez 4 Martinez 2 Bermudez 2 Morales 2 Bough 2 Pinero 0 MAY Thompson 25/11r/7a Winton 12/11r Prim 12/9r/6a Powell 9 Barrientos 6 Gonzalez 3 Figueroa 2 Batiz 0
- Carolina 13-3
- Morovis 12-3
- Mayaguez 11-5
- Aguada 8-6
- Manati 8-6
- Santurce 5-11
- Ponce 3-11
- Lajas 0-15