Marianas High School and Saipan Southern High accrued blowout wins as the 2012-2013 Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Boys Basketball League continued earlier this week.
The Dolphins soundly defeated the Mount Carmel School Knights in the varsity game at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium last Tuesday, 87-40, while MHS routed Saipan Interscholastic School in the junior varsity match, 50-26. Then over at the MHS Gymnasium last Monday, Southern walloped MCS in the varsity pairing, 114-30, and the Manta Rays dominated the SIS Geckos in the junior varsity tiff, 71-28.
The season continues tomorrow at MHS with a freshmen, junior, and varsity triple feature between the Rays and the Ayuyus of Kagman High School. The freshmen tiff starts at 4pm, the JV game tips at 5:30pm, and the varsity match begins at 6:45pm.
The league's varsity standings show undefeated Southern alone in front with its three wins, followed by MHS (3-1), KHS (2-1), the Eucon International School Blazers (1-3) and MCS (0-4). JV rankings have unbeaten MHS (4-0) in first place, ahead of KHS (2-1), Agape Christian School's Torchbearers (2-2), Souhern (1-2) and SIS (0-4); and the freshmen grouping has MHS (2-0) in front of KHS (1-1) and Southern (0-1).
In last Tuesday's varsity game, Dolphins scurried off to a quick 21-7 lead in the opening period before shifting into over drive in the second quarter for a 45-14 separation.
John Darag captained MHS out of the gate with 8 points and Joseph Aguilar took the baton in the second frame and tallied 10. Frank Macahito also chipped in 8 markers in the first half.
MCS had trouble producing up to the midpoint with only John Gilbert Saludez scoring multiple baskets with his 6 markers and though the Knights output improved in the second half, they fell too far behind to muster a comeback.
The third quarter belonged to Erick Dela Rosa and Tony Bai, who hooked up for a dozen, and the Dolphins reserves brought it home in the end.
Aguilar led three other teammates in double figures with his 12 points, while Saludez managed 10 for MCS.
In the junior varsity game, Jeron Ano and Ethan Manalili paced MHS with their combined 9 points to lift the Dolphins to a 15-7 advantage after the first quarter.
Mikah Bintz then heated up in the second quarter for MHS, while SIS's offense continued to stall, allowing the Dolphins to pull away at halftime, 30-14.
Bintz lead all scorers with his 17 points, while Andrew Johnson scrambled for 10 points on the short end.
Over at the MHS Gymnasium last Monday, Bryl Alegre muscled his way to 8 points from the tip to help give the Manta Rays an 18-7 favor in the varsity game.
The Rays then pounced their prey with a second quarter big push for a stout 44-15, margin at intermission.
Jack Aranda and Paul Mariano hooked up for 15 in the exchange, while the Knights were once again limited to a single-digit output. John Saludez accounted for 7 points at midpoint.
Southern went on to amass a 71-24 lead after three quarters before pouring even more salt in the wound at garbage time. Alegre added 8 more points in the third period, as the Rays threw on a 43-point chunk going into the last 10 minutes of play.
Alegre and Emerson Feria co-led the Rays with 20 markers apiece, while Saludez managed a team-high 12.
In Monday's junior match, Tyler Palacios led a well balanced attack with his 6 points, as Southern took a 19-4 advantage.
The Geckos then laid an egg in the second quarter and were stuffed to just one basket, as the Rays pulled away at the break, 34-6. Gerald Flores and Zhi Peng Lin led Southern's surge with 9 points each.
The third quarter was a more evenly match, however SIS was unable to gain a big headway and still trailed, 13-44, heading into the last exchange. The Rays did not get dressed up for nothing and went on to run up the score all the way to the final buzzer.
Flores led Southern with his 11 markers, the same output Chris Cepeda had for SIS.
MHS 87 - Aguilar 12, Macahito 11, Darag 10, Bai 10, Dai 9, Ogumoro 8, Dela Rosa 8, Cayading 6, Suares 6, Yap 4, Cholyman 3.
MCS 40 - Saludez 10, Yamagata 9, Amog 8, Evangelista 6, Hyunson 6, Taguchi 1.
Scoring by quarters: 21-7, 45-14, 65-24, 87-40.
MHS 50 - Bintz 17, Manalili 9, Ano 6, Arciaga 4, De Guzman 4, Admana 2, Benavente 2, Gaspar 2, Ringor 2.
SIS 26 - Johnson 10, Cepeda 5, Kim 4, Ramsey 3, Lee 2, Hall 2.
Scoring by quarters: 15-7, 30-14, 36-22, 50-26.
SSHS 114 - Alegre 20, Feria 20, Deguzman 18, Aranda 16, Mariano 15, Villagomez 7, Villanueva 7, Andrew 6, Javier 2
MCS 30 - Saludez 12, Yamagata 6, Taguchi 5, Ogasawara 3, Hyunson 2, Amog 2.
Scoring by quarters: 16-7, 44-15, 71-24, 114-30.
SSHS 71 - Flores 11, Raquepo 9, Palacios 9, Ferrer 8, Castro 6, Kintaro 6, Acopiado 5, Borromooe 5, Lin 4, Reyes 3, Rivera 3.
SIS 28 - Cepeda 11, H. Kim 9, Johnson 4, Y. Kim 4.
Scoring by quarters: 19-4, 34-6, 44-13, 71-28.