By Max Molski

Insports hunkered down and held on to beat The Pandas, 51-46, in its opening week matchup behind 21 points from Andrew Cavanagh. On Tuesday night, Insports found a new star as it extinguished Wake & Blake.

Colin Markus, who finished with 12 points in Insports’ season opener, went 14-for-18 from the field and scored 33 points as his team toppled Wake & Blake,74-59.

“My father, Steve Christy, told us to push the tempo all game,” Insports guard Scott Christy said. “We out-willed [Wake & Blake] and came out with the W.”

Insports dominated the opening minutes, opening the game with a quick run before Wake & Blake closed out the remainder of the first quarter with a response.

“We were just trying to get the board and go,” Wake & Blake guard Carmine Santorelli said. “Get easy dunks, easy shots.”

Santorelli helped Wake & Blake keep the game close, as he followed up his four-point performance in his team’s opener with a 33-point explosion against Insports.

However, after Wake & Blake closed the deficit to two through the first ten minutes, Insports used a 12-0 run to start the second quarter and keep Wake & Blake at bay.

Insports held Wake & Blake to just nine points in the second quarter, and went on to outscore its opponent 38-32 in the second half.

Despite the loss, Santorelli was encouraged by his team’s bounce-back effort following a 30-point drubbing at the hands of The Brotherhood.

“We did a lot better than last game. Last game was ugly,” Santorelli said. “We were just trying to play better than last game and we did.”

Wake and Blake will look to bounce back next Tuesday in the nightcap game against Run TMC (1-1). Insports, on the other hand, looks to continue its perfect season when it faces The Hateful 8 (0-2), a team that has scored just 71 points in its first two games combined.

“[We just want to] keep it going. Keep pushing the pace, playing defense,” Christy said. “[We] pride ourselves on D, and we’ll see when next week comes.”