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ACS, MCS in finale

AGAPE Christian School and Mount Carmel School will be facing off in this year’s Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Association Middle School Basketball League after eliminating their adversaries yesterday held at the Koblerville gym.

ACS second half performance secured the finals seat as they nearly silenced challenger Saipan Community School 54-17.

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ACS’ David Zheng pulls up for the open 3-point shot during yesterday’s semifinals game of the 2019 CCOPSA Middle School Basketball League held at the Koblerville gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

SCS seemed to have found their rhythm early in the game as their constant penetration gave them the lead. Charlie McDonald slashes his way inside with four points while Daniel Kang supported with a shot from beyond the arc for the 8-6 lead.

ACS shook off the rough start as managed to make a run at the second quarter as the rest of the team started to chip in. David Zheng led the run sinking a triple and splitting the free throw for four points while Antonio Li and Tony Liang contributed a bucket each to even the game 14-14.

Despite SCS fight back, their strength was suddenly nowhere to be found at the second half of the game. Miss after miss SCS gave ACS the chance to grasp control as they successfully finished each stop with a shot on the other end. Eason Tang took advantage of the situation putting up 10 points alone while Zheng and Bobby Bao kept the rhythm flowing with a triple each while keeping SCS to just two points for the double digit gap 30-16.

SCS tried their best to put up a shot but just could not get past ACS’ defense as they were left with just one point while ACS continued their assault. Zheng maintained efficiency from behind the three-point line making three shots while the rest of the team made their way to the scoreboard securing the win 54-17.

MCS 28, GCA 25

MCS had a much tougher battle as GCA nearly stole the win 28-25.

At first MCS seemed to have the win in the bag as San Nicolas could not be stopped firing seven points alone in just the first quarter to aid in their 10-4 run and held on to hold a seven-point lead by the end of halftime.

However MCS suddenly fell into a drought during the third canto as no one could get a shot up while GCA rallied their way with nine points to snatch the lead 19-17.

Luckily for MCS, they found their second wind at the final quarter. Wesley, Borja and Sasamoto filled the offensive attacks with a bucket each alongside their main scorers Naraja and San Nicolas to regain control. GCA tried to stay alive as Ryan Deproza and Lance Lerio scored keeping the momentum alive but failed to drain the crucial points needed during crunch time settling for the defeat to the hands of MCS 28-25.

Tomorrow ACS and MCS will be going head to head for the championship title at 3:30 p.m. at the Koblerville gym.