07 Mar 2016
- By James Sablan - email@example.com - Variety Junior Reporter
THE Mount Carmel School Knights’ boys and girls teams stunned their respective opponents in the 2016 Coalition of Private School Sports Association Basketball League championship games at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym last Friday.
The Saipan International School Lady Geckos and the underdogs Lady Knights opened up the championship.
Throughout their meets, the Geckos always triumphed by a huge margin, but this night things changed.
The Knights showed their thirst for the title as the grabbed the first quarter lead with Princess firing two three point shots.
The Geckos remained calm with Hannah Chan and Anna Qian contributing two points apiece but Knights’ defense kept them from building up any more momentum holding the lead, 6-4.
The second game was flipped as the SIS Geckos gained control of the floor. Their tough defense kept the Knights scoreless turning missed shots into fast breaks plays. Sally Li and Shea Hartig joined the scoreboard with two points each to gain the 8-6 lead.
The SIS Geckos continued to have the lead in the palm of their hands as they closed the third canto. But during the fourth quarter the Knights started to pull a comeback.
Princess’ relentless full court push was unstoppable handing Ria,and Katelynn two easy buckets but the Geckos had an answer for every shot to tie the game at 20-20 even forcing the extra quarter.
The Knights started off with the advantage thanks to Francesca’s hustle to put up the shot.
The Geckos kept pushing the ball which forced the Knights to commit a handful of free throw attempts but connected only two shots. The Geckos’ offensive rebounds gave them several second chance attempts but failed to even put one. MCS used the remaining time to stay out of reach and closed the overtime with the win 24-22.
MCS 40, ACS 38
In the boys’ final game, the Knights pulled a major upset taking down the crowd favorite Agape Christian School.
ACS was in total control of the first half. Their ability to drive, rebound, and handle was unmatched with Chen who had continuous slashes inside the paint and could not be stopped dropping four points along with a few from the charity line.
When Chen was stuck, they relied on Zhang who connected 10 points alone around the perimeter.
The Knights’ top scorer Ong and Evangelista were nearly shut down as they only made four points during the first quarter and just two points on the second canto giving ACS a demanding 28-10 lead.
ACS was stronger offensively but not defensively and MCS saw their weakness moving into the third quarter.
The Knights started to feed the inside were Salili was able to do damage from the post. Evangelista started to heat up as well driving through defenders with ease sizzling eight points while adding a three point shot to close the deficit to just one point 32-31 by the end of the third quarter.
During the final quarter Chen continued to attack drawing foul after foul but failed to take advantage missing most of his shots.
The Knights took it slow and continued to aim at the teeth of ACS’ defense where Salili dropped four points to take the lead.
ACS struggled but still managed to put up a few points to stay close. During the final seconds of the game, Chen was able to draw the foul to get into the line splitting the shot for the one point lead 31-30.
The Knights pushed the ball but ACS managed to deny shots. But at the last six seconds, MCS had the ball for the inbound. Salili’s low corner screen was able to set Richardson free for the jump shot and connected to snatch the championship title 32-31.