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SIS Geckos rally past Agape in private school caging, 55-45

THE Saipan International School Geckos celebrated after stunning Agape Christian School team with a rally in the second quarter for the win, 55-45 during last Wednesday’s game of the 2017 Coalition of Private School Sports Association Varsity Basketball League held at SIS court.

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SIS’ AJ Hudkins takes a perimeter jumper over an ACS defender during last Wednesday’s game of the 2017 COPSSA Varsity Basketball League at SIS court.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.
The favored ACS as expected set the tone in the opening quarter with Bai Chen and Teemo Wang sizzling with six points apiece.

The SIS Geckos had a slower start as they struggled to get past ACS’ defense. They managed to put their aggressiveness inside the paint to use drawing a handful of fouls for AJ Hudkins and Jang to chip in points from the charity. But they still fell behind, 15-10.

During the second canto the Geckos found their momentum leaving ACS in awe as they took control.

Their communication got better as they left no openings for ACS to get a clear shot and turning each successful stop into fast break finishes. Park led the rally with four points while feeding Hudkins under the rim as the continued to draw the foul with three points from the free throw line gaining the one point lead 20-19.

ACS tried to regain control as David Cai came into the third quarter strong firing four points alongside Chen but Hudkins stayed reliable inside answering back with six points while Jang, Lee and Jason Lee supported with a bucket apiece to hold the five point advantage.

The battle continued to the final quarter as ACS pulled out all their strings on the offensive side.

Zhao and Wang stepped up contributing six points each. They switched to a man-to-man defense hoping to put a stop but SIS managed to stay ahead for the open finishes securing the win, 55-45.