The University of Guam Men’s Basketball team opened the 2018-19 season with a 101-75 loss to the Andersen Bombers at the Coral Reef Recreation Center on the Andersen Air Force Base. The loss ended the 30 game winning streak the Tritons started last year at Andersen Air Force Base which ended up in a perfect 30-0 record for UOG during the 2017-18 academic year.
Gamesmanship started early as the Tritons were never given a schedule or told who their first opponent would be, they were just told they play at 3:30pm on Saturday, September 29th. The Tritons found out they were playing the Andersen Bombers upon arrival at the Recreation Center.
UOG had defeated the Bombers five times last fall and won the Bombers own Guam Basketball Challenge and the Tritons own Triton Basketball League with victories over the Bombers in the championship games of those leagues and Andersen was ready to change those results from last year.
The Bombers came out with a large roster of 6’4 and 6’5 players and jumped out to an early lead on the Tritons as the game started. UOG still hung with the Bombers early as neither team came out shooting well and the Tritons got their share of rebounds in the first 5 minutes of the game but slowly the Bombers size began to dominate the boards and they started to build their lead as the first quarter ended.
In the 2nd quarter, the Tritons put on an effective full court press, that caused several Bomber turnovers but UOG could not convert those turnovers into points and the Tritons committed just about as many fouls as the Bombers were committing turnovers and the Bombers continued to build their lead from the foul line as the first half ended.
The Bombers lead 57-29 at half and 84-45 at the end of the 3rd quarter. UOG started to finally hit some 3s in the 4th quarter to close the gap a bit on the Bombers, but Andersen won by a comfortable 26 points at the end.
UOG will return to action next Saturday back at Andersen Air Force Base but are not sure of an opponent yet.
Information provided by UOG A.D. Doug Palmer