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MCS clinches win against SIS 27-26

THE young knights of Mount Carmel School had the chance to celebrate last Wednesday’s victory after barely escaping the clutches of Saipan International School 27-26 to hold a steady record in the 2019 Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Association Middle School Basketball League.

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MCS’ Naraja makes contact as he drives past SIS’ Dylan during last Wednesday’s game of the 2019 CCOPSA Middle School Basketball League held at SIS.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.
MCS’ San Nicolas dribbles past a SIS defender during last Wednesday’s game of the 2019 CCOPSA Middle School Basketball League held at SIS.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

SIS’ home court advantage seemed to have shown as they played as equals at the first quarter. Dylan showcased his ability to handle the ball with ease as he dribbled past MCS defenders with ease slicing his way to the hoop and also drawing a foul for an extra point from the line. But it was not only him that took the spotlight. With eyes focused on Dylan, he was able to get his teammates on the action feeding Danny L. with four points.

MCS’ output did not go unnoticed as well. Naraja’s ability to drive wreaked havoc scoring four points while San Nicolas and Borja showed their support with two points each to hold on to the lead 8-7.

But as soon as MCS picked up the pace on the defensive end, SIS’ momentum started to die down. MCS left no corner unmanned as only Dylan could penetrate through making only one bucket while MCS took advantage. Galang joined in the run with five points, including one from beyond the arc alongside Cepeda and Naraja to push a double digit spread 19-9.

SIS tried to pick up the pace as the rest of the team started to step up. Daniel W., Casey C. and Danny L. joined in putting up a combined six points but so did MCS with Galang equaling their output with six points alone to maintain control.

However it the final quarter the tables started to turn. SIS’ defensive efforts were seen as they reduced MCS’ out to a minimal while turning trash into gold with fast break opportunities. Dylan fired four points while Daniel exploded with seven points to quickly snatch the lead 26-25.

Luckily for MCS, they remained relentless on both ends of the court and denied SIS from brining the dagger. With Naraja leading the way, he slashes between defenders and connected the game-winning layup to secure the win for MCS 27-26.


MCS 27 — Galang 11, Naraja 10, Borja 2, Cepeda 2, San Nicolas 2.

SIS 26 — Mister 9, Nam 9, Lee 6, Casey 2.