The Kagman High School Ayuyus overcame the Eucon International School Blazers, 73-51, in Tuesday's Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization boys varsity basketball matchup at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.
The win improved the Ayuyus' win-loss record to 4-3, while the Blazers endured its sixth defeat in seven tries.
While KHS put out its fire in the main event, the Agape Christian School Torchbearers managed to burn the former in the junior varsity pairing, 46-38.
Agape evened its card to 4-4 in he junior division, while KHS dipped to a slate of 2-4.
Results of last night's matches are forthcoming.
The remaining varsity standings list undefeated defending varsity champion Saipan Southern High School Manta Rays (5-0) leading the MHS Dolphins (5-2) and the Mount Carmel School Knights (1-5).
Remaining junior division standings list the unbeaten MHS (7-0) way out in front ahead of SSHS (2-3) and SIS (0-4) with MHS (3-1) also leading the freshmen pecking order over KHS (2-2). SSHS (1-2).
Ohmar Nawaz held the hot hand for KHS in the opening 10 minutes of the varsity match and splashed in a trio of long-range strikes for 11 points to put his Ayuyus in front, 21-13.
His teammate Jesses Santos then tallied 8 markers in the second quarter to preserve a 35-27 favor at halftime as the team did a good job containing Eucon mainstay Allen Yu to just 12 points at midpoint.
They then held the Blazers to single digits through the third quarter and pulled away, 51-36, heading into the final period and had little trouble securing the victory.
Jason Lampkin led the charge after intermission with 7 points as Santos rang in a couple of treys for 12 markers in the closing frame.
The latter finished with a team-high 26 points, while Eucon's Yu managed 24 on the short end.
At the start of the junior match, the Torchbearers' Zeyue Lin made it to the line for three freebies complemented with a field goal to give Agape a 7-3 edge.
He and his teammate Xi Huang then each added a pair of baskets in the second quarter to keep the team in control, 19-15, at the half.
KHS spread the ball around well in the second exchange, but the Torchbearers always seemed to find an answer and maintained a 34-28 spread heading into crunch time.
Jonathan Santos led a rally cry by the junior Ayuyus in the third quarter with 8 points though it was thwarted by dual effort of 11 points by Agape's Li and Tao Yang.
The Torchbearers then called upon Mark Noel Puno in the fourth quarter and he iced the win with 8 points in the clutch.
KHS' Santos added another 8-point chunk in the last stand, but Agape held strong and closed it out.
Lin finished with a team-high 16 points for the Torchbearers, while KHS' Santos led all scorers with 19.
KHS 73 - Je. Santos 26, Nawaz 20, Lampkin 11, Malwelbug 4, Hocog 4, Butters 4, Jo. Santos 2, A. Santos 2.
EIS 51 - Yu 24, Ren 15, Zang 4, Zhou 4, Li 2, Wang 2.
Scoring by quarters: 21-13, 35-27, 51-36, 73-51.
ACS 46 - Lin 16, Yang 12, Puno 9, Huang 4, Ou 2, Me Li 2, Mi Li 1.
KHS 38 - Jo. Santos 19, Taitano 6, Muna 4, Evangelista 3, Arceo 2, Salas 2, Sakisat 2.
Scoring by quarters: 7-3, 19-15, 34-28, 46-38.