Marianas High School earned a pair of convincing wins in the 2012-2013 Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Boys Basketball League last Friday at the MHS MHS Gymnasium.
The Dolphins' varsity team overwhelmed Eucon International School, 74-58, while their junior crew routed Agape Christian School, 67-27.
Erick Dela Rosa and Franklin Macahito provided stability for MHS from the tip in the varsity game, as they combined for 14 points and lifted the Dolphins to an 18-10 lead in the opening period.
Allen Yu led Eucon, scoring 13 points in the first half, and though he received some support in the second quarter, MHS' bench helped build a stout 38-23 margin at midpoint. Dela Rosa tacked on 7 more markers for 15 points in first-half surge, while John Darag chipped in 6.
Eucon briefly postured a comeback in the third quarter, but MHS reestablished control in the closing minutes, 57-39, with Dela Rosa turning in an honorable effort on both ends of the floor. He added 3 more points in the fourth quarter for a team-high 26 before taking a seat, while Yu scrambled for 34 points on the short end.
In the junior varsity match, Ethan Manalili and Daniel Ogumoro paced MHS with 6 points apiece to help create a promising 30-11 favor in the first frame.
Agape was then held to one basket in the second quarter, as MHS pressed on at the break, 39-13.
Sherwin Gaspar came off the bench for MHS in the third quarter and strung up 7 points to put the game out of Agape's reach, heading into the final period.
Ogumoro's 13 points led three MHS teammates in double figures, while Agape's Zeyue Lin turned in a team-high 11.
Meanwhile, the MISO caging continues today with Agape getting a chance for redemption against the debuting Saipan Southern High School at 4pm. In the 5:45pm varsity game, the Rays will take on Eucon.
MHS 67 - Ogumoro 13, G. De Guzman 11, Yap 10, Ano 10, Gaspar 9, Dai 7, Cayading 5, Benavente 2.
Agape 27 - Lin 11, M.E. Li 4,Yang 4, Puno 2, Guo 2, Huang 2, M.Z. Li 2.
Scoring by quarters: 30-11, 39-13, 57-23, 67-27.
MHS 74 - Dela Rosa 26, Darag 18, Apolinar 8, Macahito 8, Aguilar 4, Zapanta 4, Cristobal 2, Mancao 2.
Eucon 58 - Yu 34, Zhou 8, Li 6, Wang 6, Ren 4.
Scoring by quarters: 18-10, 38-23, 57-39, 74-58.