Dolphins, Ayuyus lead PSS 3x3 hoops

THE Marianas High School Dolphins 2 and the Kagman High School Ayuyus 1 clinched the top spot in the Public School System High School Boys 3x3 Basketball Tournament with a perfect 4-0 record after their respective wins at the Marianas High School Gym last Saturday.

The Dolphins 2 dominated the rest of the competition in pool 2 of the five-team setup easing past the Saipan Southern High School Manta Rays 2, the Ayuyus 2, MHS 3 and Da’ok.

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Marianas High School Dolphins’ Andruw Omelau extends for a contested layup during last Saturday’s Public School System High School Boys 3x3 Basketball Tournament at MHS gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.
Kagman High School Ayuyu 1’s Dean Blake drives to the hoop during last Saturday’s Public School Ssytem High School Boys 3x3 Basketball Tournament at MHS gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Bailey Speath led the Dolphins with quick three points for a constant threat from outside.

MHS’ toughest matchup came from their first game against Da’ok.

Although Da’ok stayed close by throughout the game, MHS stayed aggressive with the in-and-out play to keep handful of shot opportunities open.

 As time progressed, MHS prevailed by preserving one-point lead to last second for a 14-13 victory.

MHS then shook off the first-game jitters and excelled during their second game against KHS 2. Their shots just kept meeting the bottom of the net where they quickly reached game point 21-10 for their second straight victory.

More of the same was seen as MHS once again reached game-point against their brethren MHS 3 21-14 and followed up with Spaeth finishing strong draining triple after triple to end with an overkill of 22-12.

KHS 1 had a much different tactic as they used force to get in the points for the dominant 4-0 record in pool 1 of the boys division.

Dean Blake took the game inside and a few shots from the beyond the arc as well while Chris Sacdalan and Henry Aguon carried their own weight to stay in constant control.

From the very first whistle blown KHS never stopped hustling earning their first victory by reaching game-point 21-10 over SSHS 1.

KHS repeated their dominance during game 2 against MHS 1 21-9. They could not maintain efficiency in their game against SSHS 3, who put up a much stronger matchup, but still ended up with the win 18-9.

KHS’ last battle nearly placed them with one loss as KHS 3 matched up to their brothers’ performance but KHS 1 played smart and used time as an added extra defense to hold on to the fourth consecutive victory 19-16 to hold the perfect record.

MHS 2 and KHS 1 will be having the upper hand when the single elimination format begins on March 2nd for the championship title as they will hold the top spot in their respective pools.