Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) won the battle of the sister schools on Wednesday, ensuring a clean sweep of all three boys' divisions in tennis this year.
They beat Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) 3-2 in the Schools National Tennis Championships A division final at Farrer Park Tennis Centre on Wednesday morning.
While ACS(I) won their doubles matches, ACJC caught up by winning two singles ties. The title was decided when ACS(I)'s Raahil Doshi, 17, beat ACJC's Timothy Ong, 18, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
"I tried my best not to think about it (leg cramps) and stretched it out," said Raahil, who perservered despite his pain. "I was pumping myself up and everybody was spurring me on."
"This win is even sweeter because we won all the other divisions as well," added ACS(I)'s coach Ang Hock Chai, 47.
In the morning's A Division girls' final at Yio Chu Kang Tennis Centre, ACJC lost to Raffles Institution (RI) for the fourth consecutive year after a 4-1 defeat.
RI captain Claris Tan, 18, said: "I am happy with my team's performance. Even though the line-up was quite tough against strong opponents, they kept their cool and played their best."
Although they fell at the final hurdle again, ACJC captain Geraldine Ang, 17, was pleased with her team's display.
She said: "The pressure was not on us and we had nothing to lose. But we were very hungry for it and gave it our all. We were not expected to win but we did our best and gave them a tough fight."