Hi-5 rumbled past Kagman, 67-51, to even its win-loss card in Tuesday's Saipan Rotary Club Youth Basketball League U20 division matchup at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
Kagman remains hungry for an upswing after stumbling out of the gate with two losses, but will have to wait until Wednesday to get its chance for a taste of victory.
Meanwhile, Mariana Resort Proa (3-0) and the Sonics (2-0) duked it out last night and details will be released on Friday.
Tonight's scheduled pairing features the Chalan Kanao Saints (1-1) and LD Prime (1-2) taking the floor at the Ada Gym at 5:30pm.
Rollers Basketball Club's Rollers 2 (3-0) and Rollers 1 (1-1), Oleai Ol'Aces (0-2), and RBC's Agape Torchbearers (0-3) make up the rest of the teams in the age group.
Hi-5 held the Kagman duo of Jason Lampkin and Jesse Santos to 9 points in the opening canto as six HI-5 players chipped in to open a 16-13 lead.
HI-5's Manny Aldan dropped in a 3-pointer that went with 6 points from Don Hockett as the group pressed on, 31-24, at halftime.
The team held Kagman's Big 2 to just 7 points in the second quarter and this time did not run out of gas in the second half.
Kagman's Jonathan Santos took the reins and wielded his way to the hoop for 10 points in the third period, but Hi-5 relatively kept pace with him and maintained a two-possession edge, 47-52, heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Hi-5 continued to share the ball well through three quarters as six different players again put a hand in on the action just after intermission.
Crunch time started out close, but Hi-5 did a good job protecting the ball late in the game and its full court press gamble with the lead paid off.
Richard Hofschneider and Rey Calbatica controlled the pace of the match and cashed in 6 points apiece in the process to secure the win.
Hi-5' Calbatica and Hockett led two other teammates in double figures with 12 points each, while Kagman's Jonathan Santos carried Kagman on the short end with 18.
Last Monday, Irvyn Malonzo scored 14 points and Mike Espinosa added 12 to lead RBC Rollers 2 to a 56-31 rout of sister team Agape Torchbearers in the U20 division.
In related news, the Ada Gym scoreboard was vandalized recently and has been out of commission since the second week of the season, but league organizers are in the process of finding a way to get it fixed in the coming days.
They plan on alleviating the situation independently even though the matter is technically supposed to be addressed by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs' Division of Sports and Recreation.
According to league coordinator Abner Venus someone had cut the wiring and by the looks of it, Venus indicated that the power line was perhaps damaged on purpose.
Hi-5 67 - Calbatica 12, Hockett 12, Hofschneider 10, Feria 10, Villanueva 8, Cristolbal 6, Macahito 4, Cruz 2.
Kagman 51 - Jo. Santos 18, Lampkin 13, Je Santos 12, Malwelbug 6, Soriano 2.
Scoring by quarters: 16-13, 31-24, 47-42, 67-51.
RBC Rollers 2 56 - Malonzo 14, Espinosa 12, Kwon 9, Morales 7, Floresca 6, Ano 6, Vivero 2.
RBC Agape Torchbearers 31 - Yu 20, Lin 4, Ren 4, Li 2, Ai 1.
Scoring by quarters: 19-0, 33-18, 40-25, 56-31.