Marianas High School and Saipan Southern High School continue to occupy the Top 2 slots in the standings after lopsided results in Tuesday’s matches in the 2014-2015 Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Boys Basketball League at the MHS Gymnasium.
MHS overcame a slow start in trouncing Mt. Carmel School, 74-36, for its 11th straight win, while SSHS kept Marianas Baptist Academy winless after hammering out a 76-42 decision.
Southern currently sits in second place with a 7-3 record followed by MCS’ 7-4 slate. MHS could have swept the elimination round as it was still playing MBA at press time.
The Dolphins found themselves trailing by a point after the first 10 minutes of play as William Camacho scored 8 of the Knights’ 16 points.
But MCS wasn’t ready for a flood of points and like a sleeping giant, MHS poured in 24 markers in the second quarter to enter the break enjoying a 39-23 spread.
MHS did not slow down from there while turnovers and hurried shots did not help Mt. Carmel’s cause.
Ethan Manalili scored the Dolphins’ first 10 points in the first quarter and finished with 12, while Michael Espinosa and Kobee Mendoza chipped in 11 and 9 markers each. Karlo De Leon, Prince Factor, and DJay Ong combined for 24.
Camacho was the lone Knight to hit double digits with 12, while Son Jung Hyun and Zander Tkel finished scored 6 apiece.
In the second game, Mi’i Tekopua tallied 14 points to lead three other SSHS players who break the 10-point barrier with Ryan Esmundo, Joseph Taitano, and Edilberto Javier Jr. contributing 12, 11, and 10 markers.
The Manta Rays also found themselves trailing by 3 after the first quarter, but stepped on the gas in the second to pull away and never looked back.
Christian Kim scored 16 to pace MBA’s losing cause, while Lim Soo Yo ended up with 13.
It was a double-victory celebration for the Rays as its SSHS 9 squad downed MHS 9, 46-31.
N-Nes Siech scored 5 straight points and dished off a pass to Jethro Cruz, who converted the fastbreak layup as SSHS 9 ended the first period holding on to a 15-11 lead.
Both teams slowed down in the second and the Rays pulled away in the second to complete the win.
June Alipio and Emmanuel Cobacha scored 12 points each, while Siech finished with 10.
No MHS 9 player hit double figures with Matthew Mamaril coming up with 9, while Adrian De Lun and John Carlo Prado had 7 and 5 points, respectively.
SSHS 9 46 – Alipio 12, Cobacha 12, Siech 10, Kapileo 7, Diyco 5.
MHS 9 31 – Mamaril 9, De Luna 7, Prado 5, Hofschneider 4, Pangelinan 4, Mendoza 2.
Scoring by quarters: 15-11, 19-18, 35-22, 46-31.
SSHS 76 – Tekopua 14, Esmundo 12, Taitano 11, Jevier Jr. 10, Bondoc 7, Kintaro 6, Cruz 5, Palacios 5, Deleon Guerrero 3, Ogasawara 3.
MBA 42 – C. Kim 16, Lim 13, W. J. Kim 6, Kong 5, Ryoo 2.
Scoring by quarters: 15-18, 39-24, 56-38, 76-42.
MHS 74 – Manalili 12, Espinosa 11, Mendoza 9, De Leon 8, Factor 8, Ong 8, Arciaga 6, Manlonzo 5, Montes 4, Benavente 3.
MCS 36 – Camacho 12, Son 6, Tkel 6, Gamab 3, Toves 3, Cepeda 2, A. Santos 2, M. Santos 2.
Scoring by quarters: 15-16, 39-23, 61-31, 74-36.