The Kagman High School Ayuyus blew past the Mount Carmel School Knights in the second half of Wednesday's varsity boys basketball matchup, 88-68, while Saipan Southern High School Manta Rays outlasted the Agape Christian School Torchbearers, 49-43, in the junior division pairing as the Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization's 2013 season continued at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.
Both losing squads came off wins last Friday as the Knights survived the Eucon International School Blazers, 67-64, and the ACS-Torchbearers defeated the Saipan International School Geckos, 47-34, in junior varsity play.
The season continues at the MHS Gym today starting at 4pm with a freshmen, junior division, and varsity triple-feature between MHS and SSHS.
Varsity standings as of Wednesday list undefeated SSHS (4-0) leading MHS (5-1), KHS (3-3), Eucon (1-5) and MCS (1-5).
Junior varsity show undefeated MHS in front of SSHS (2-2), ACS (3-4), KHS (2-3), and SIS (0-4).
Freshmen standings rankings include MHS (2-1) leading KHS (2-2) and SSHS (1-1).
In varsity play, KHS darted off to a 26-18 lead in the first quarter as Anthony Santos and Russel Hocog teamed up for 15 points complemented by another handful from power forward Anthony Malwelbug. MCS' John Gilbert Saludez tallied 13 on the other end to try and keep his team within range.
Kenikeda Tagichi then caught fire for the Knights in the second period and connected twice behind the arc for 9 points to help MCS claw back to within a possession at the half, 35-38.
Kagman strategically rested key starters Jason Lampkin and Jesse Santos, however, and shot out of a cannon in the third frame, 70-47, upon their return.
Lampkin delivered 11 markers, but more importantly his defensive presence put a lid on the Knights in the runaway period.
From there the Ayuyus' Shaun Kyle Butters and Jonathan Santos added 13 points in the final exchange.
Lampkin finished with 18 points for KHS, while MCS' Saludez scrambled for a whopping 33 on the short end.
In junior game, SSHS managed a 9-7 lead as both teams slowly started the first verse.
Both squads continued to clash through the second quarter as the match ended up locked at 20-all at the half.
ACS' Mark Noel Puno and Tao Yang carried the group with 19 points, while SSHS spread the ball around to six scoring recipients.
The Manta Rays' diplomatic philosophy paid off after intermission as they surged in front, 37-29, heading into crunch time.
Emerson Feria then added another trio of buckets in the fourth quarter to help secure the win. He led the group in the second half with a dozen markers and finished with a team-high 14, while ACS' Yang topped the field with 25 off eight field goals and seven free throws.
KHS 88 - Lampkin 18, Malwelbug 15, Jo. Santos 12, Je. Santos 9, Hocog 6, A. Santos 6, Butters 6, Nawaz 5, Polino 5, Ja. Santos 3, Nero 2.
MCS 68 - Saludez 33, Taguchi 15, Amog 9, Yamagata 9, Hyunson 2.
Scoring by quarters: 26-18, 38-35, 70-47, 88-68.
SSHS 49 - Feria 14, Palacios 9, Aranda 6, Ferrer 5, Borromeo 5, Castro 4, Javier 4.
ACS 43 - Yang 25, Puno 9, Lin 4, Guo 2, Mi. Li 2, Me. Li 1.
Scoring by quarters: 9-7, 28-28, 37-29, 49-45.