Kagman High School came away winners in Friday's Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization boys basketball varsity and junior vision pairings at the Marians High School Gymnasium.
The Varsity Ayuyus soundly defeated the Eucon International School Blazers (1-3), 71-54, while its greener-or bluer-counterparts knocked off Agape Christian School's Torchbearers (2-2), 64-54, in junior varsity play. Both Ayuyu teams bagged their second win in three games.
The season continues today at the MHS Gym with the Mount Carmel School Knights (0-2) squaring off against the Saipan Southern High School Manta Rays (2-0) at 5:45pm, preceded by the junior varsity match at 4pm, featuring SSHS (0-2) versus Saipan International School's Geckos (0-2).
The rest of the standings have the MHS' varsity (2-1) and junior varsity (3-0) Dolphins, while the freshmen division standings include MHS (2-0), KHS (1-1), SSHS (0-1).
Jason Lampkin and Jonathan Santos combined for 15 points to help give the Ayuyus an early 21-16 advantage in the first quarter.
Allen Yu started strong on the other end with 10 points for the Blazers, but KHS limited him to just a handful in the second period and jumped on the back of Lampkin who milled 11 checks that afforded the group a 40-30 halftime margin.
The Ayuyus did not let up after intermission, but pulled away, 55-41, as Anthony Malwelbug stepped up and delivered 7 markers in the third quarter, while KHS' defense did a good job keeping Yu under wraps.
Eucon's Amos Ren tried to fill the void, but was also held to a meager 6 markers.
KHS peaked in the fourth quarter and executed a well-balanced attack at will.
The Ayuyus established a much bigger presence in the paint and the confidence that grew within the group as the game progressed pushed them over the top.
More typically an intimidating presence on defense, KHS' Lampkin came to play on both ends in this one and led all scorers with 25 points, while Yu was humbled with 24.
In the junior varsity game, Agape's Zeyue Lin tallied 10 points to help give his Torchbearers an early 18-16 lead. However, with Lin on the bench in the second period KHS held the rest of the group to just 6 points and grinded out a 25-24 favor at the half. Melvin Sakisat led the Jr. Ayuyus through the first two cantos with 10 points.
The game remained close through the third quarter as KHS maintained a slim edge, 37-35, heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation. Justice Evangelita helped keep KHS in front with 6 points in the period.
The Jr. Ayuyus then found their second wind down the home stretch and pulled away in the end, thanks largely to a pair of 3-pointers at the end by Andrew Salas.
The rival squads continued to battle back and forth as Agape's Lin added another 8 points in the clutch to help send it into overtime, 49-49.
KHS' Brett Halstead and Mike Muna chipped in 4 points apiece on the other end in the fourth, after which the former added another handful of markers in the bonus period to give the Jr. Ayuyus some breathing room.
Unfortunately for Agape, Lin fouled out in overtime and in the end Andrew Salas, who had been quiet all game, signed off for KHS with a pair of late 3-pointers that sealed the deal.
Melvin Sakisat led two other Jr. Ayuyus in double figures with 13, while Lin finished with a game-high 22 in the heartbreaker.
KHS 71 - Lampkin 25, Jo. Santos 15, Malwelbug 15, Hocog 5, Nawaz 3, Limes 2, Polino 2, A. Santos 2, Ja. Santos 2 .
Eucon 54 - Yu 24, Ren 14, Li 6, Ja. Wang 5, Zhou 3, Je. Wang 2.
Scoring by quarters: 21-16, 40-30, 55-41, 71-54.
KHS 64 - Sakisat 13, Halstead 11, Taitano 10, Muna 7, Mafnas 6, Evangelista 6, Salas 6, Retan 3, Racadio 2.
Agape 54 - Lin 22, Yang 9, Puno 8, Me. Li 6, Mi. Li 4, Huang 3.
Scoring by quarters: 16-18, 25-24, 37-35, 49-49, 64-54 (OT).