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Knights secure playoff seat in private school caging

THE Mount Carmel School Knights continue to press forward strengthening their seat in the playoffs as it draws closer with another blowout victory over Saipan Community School 45-9 during last Friday’s game of the 2016-2017 Coalition of Private School Sports Association Middle School Basketball League held at the Mount Carmel School.

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Mount Carmel School’s Najara takes a running shot as a Saipan Community School defender tries to block him during last Friday’s game of the 2017 COPSSA Middle School Basketball League at Mount Carmel School court.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.
The Knights’ defense was nearly impenetrable as they left Saipan Community School’s scoring only three points at the first half. Their constant half court pressure defense left little to no space for SCS to put up a shot forcing a handful of turnovers and turning it into fast break opportunities.

The Knights took advantage of the situation moving the ball around to stay ahead of the defense for easy unguarded shots.

Diaz and San Nicolas added range firing from beyond the arc for three consecutive triples while Galang and Taitno brought damage from inside the paint with six points each to gain a double digit lead.

SCS rarely had the chance to put the ball up but only Justin Albuen was able to connect one bucket while Miku Torres split a free throw attempt to deny a scoreless first half 27-3.

The Knights bench had a taste of the action keeping their rhythm flowing with San Nicolas on the frontline connecting seven points while Salvador and Bartolome shared one bucket each.

They continued to punish SCS defensively as only Mark Nam could shed some light with two points but were already out of sight.

SCS started to pick up the pace during the final quarter as Andrew Kim and Jason Sablan dropped four points for their highest scores of the game but could not find an answer to the Knights defense, 45-9.