The Sonics mounted a big second half push to overcome Kagman, 87-73, and seize their seventh win in as many games in the U20 division of the 21st Annual Rotary Club of Saipan Youth Basketball League last Monday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
The comeback win nosed the reigning champions ahead of the Rollers 2 (6-0) in the standings and dropped Kagman to a 2-5 slate.
Kagman came ready to play last Monday and established a 29-19 favor in the opening 10 minutes, built off center Jason Lampkin's 10 points and Andrew Paulino's 7 markers.
Jimmy Tudela and Nevin Salem teamed up for 11 points for Sonics in the first exchange. The pair then combined for 11 more in the second quarter, however Kagman continued to pound the ball inside to Lampkin, who tallied another 10 markers to keep his team in the driver's seat at the half, 50-40.
The Sonics went on to regroup at halftime, as they found a way to stop Lampkin, who was contained to just two baskets in the third quarter. Jonathan Santos tried to fill the void, but to little avail, as he was also held in check for only a handful of points. Kagman was stuffed to just 11 markers in that period and watched its double-digit lead turn into a 61-64 deficit, heading into the final frame.
As Kagman began to fall apart, Tudela continued to do the damage for the Sonics in the third quarter and led the charge with 12 points.
Kagman's eight-man roster was a little shorthanded against the Sonics' 12-player lineup and fatigue caught up with the former as the game progressed. Kagman ran on fumes from the very start of the fourth quarter, as Lampkin omanaged to sink only a pair of free throws at crunch time and the combined 10 points of Jonathan and Jesse Santos did not get it done for Kagman.
The Sonics' point man, Jack Aranda, put it into overdrive late in the game and fed the rock to a plethora of teammates to complement his six markers in the fourth.
Tudela turned in a team-high 24 points, while Salem added 20. Lampkin topped the box score on the short end with his 26.
Meanwhile, the Oleai Ol'Aces (3-2) were issued a forfeit victory over the Chalan Kanoa Saints (2-6), who have now failed to appear in their last four games, dating back to Oct. 11.
Games in the U20 division continued yesterday with Rollers 2 scheduled to face Hi-5 (2-4). Then today, LD Prime (2-4) takes on Mariana Resort/NMC Proa (5-1). RBC's Rollers 1 (2-3) and the Agape Torchbearers (0-6) complete the field.
Sonics 87 - Tudela 24, Salem 20, De Guzman 15, Alegre 14, Aranda 6, Del Rosario 4, Javier 2, Villanueva 2
Kagman 73 - Lampkin 26, Je. Santos 13, Jo. Santos 13, Malwelbug 8, Paulino 7, Sabulao 4, Jones 2.
Scoring by quarters: 19-29, 40-50, 64-61, 87-73.