Stallions are Tinian Strong

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DESPITE concerns regarding Covid-19, the Tinian Jr.-Sr. High School Stallions pushed through with their trip to Saipan with a positive mindset to successfully compete in the Public School System Interscholastic Boys High School Basketball League.

Tinian’s Delacruz protects the ball as he drives toward the hoop during the championship game of the PSS Boys High School Basketball League at the MHS Gym on Saturday.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

“The journey was a long culmination of efforts from the boys and the community around us,” head coach Keith Nabors said. “Despite Covid-19, the team held up their end by focusing and being responsible students.”

He noted that the Stallions were viewed as the underdogs because they did not participate in the regular season. “We would’ve loved to play in the regular season but we set our sights on the tourney,” he added, referring to the PSS league.

Team Stallions consisted of two seniors, Leo Epity and Tyler Santos, and the rest were lower classmen. “Leo and Tyler were great down the stretch for us — they were the main keys to taking the ship back to Tinian,” Nabors said.

The Stallions won the championship at the MHS Gym on Saturday after edging the Mount Carmel School Knights, 38-36.

Nabors said Tinian Jr.-Sr. High School and the Typhoon Sports Association would like to thank the parents from Tinian and Saipan, community members, PSS athletic program director Nick Gross and PSS staff for their support.

“Thank you to the countless others for supporting the wonderful kids of Tinian. Thank you to my great family! Si yuus maasi!”

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