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ACS Torchbearers bag opening win in CCOPSA Basketball League

THE Agape Christian School Torchbearers 1 came in with guns blazing during their debut in the 2018-2019 Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Varsity Basketball League and simply overpowered the younger Mount Carmel Knights 2, 63-44 at the ACS home court.

The Torchbearers’ biggest advantage was their height which they put to use against the MCS Knights 2.

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Agape Christian School Torchbearers’ Kaiping drives against Mount Carmel School Knights ‘ Richard Steele during yesterday’s opening game of the 2018-2019 Commonwealth Coalition of Public School Sports Association Varsity Basketball League at ACS court.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Although both teams struggled to find their footing at the opening quarter, the Torcbearers managed to stay ahead. Their constant half court pressure combined with their height was more than enough to deny the Knights any open looks while the Torchbearers used each successful defensive stop turning it into points on the other end for a 9-6 lead.

The second half was no different for Torchbearers as they continued to dominate the boards putting up countless second chance buckets.

This time the rest of the team started to chip in the points pushing an early double digit spread.

However after the timeout, MCS returned more focus than ever.

They dialed up the defensive efforts grabbing a handful of steals where Vince Salvador used his speed to sink four consecutive open layups for the 8-0 run bringing the gap back within single digits 17-24.

The Knights rally brief though as ACS regained momentum during the third canto stretching the deficit back within a safe distance. Xiong exploded on the offensive end leading the quarter with 10 points while Kobe Tang and Kaiping W. had their share in the foul line. MCS could not find an answer as they only scored five points pushing them back by 23 points.

The Knights continued to fight despite the inevitable loss.

Salvador continued to deliver with a few fast break buckets while James San Nicolas and Richard Steele contributed a bucket each from beyond the arc in hopes for a miracle comeback.

Despite the Knights efforts, the Torchbearers could not be stopped on the offensive end with Shao, Lasi Xu adding the finishing touches for a combined eight points to secure the victory 63-44.