Sports Blog will publish one more set of Pacific high school boys basketball ratings after the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam playoffs, which start Saturday and end March 15. Girls’ season is complete; those won’t be updated.
(Through games of March 4)
Boys Top 15
1. Faith Academy, Philippines (28-4). Back-to-back titles in Far East Division-I, Asian Christian School Conference tournaments cement Vanguards’ hold on the top spot.
2. Kubasaki (19-7). Season complete
3. Daegu (20-7). Season complete.
4. American School In Japan (11-10). Season complete.
5. John F. Kennedy, Guam (16-6). Four straight wins gives Islanders Taga title, top overall seed in IIAAG playoffs.
6. Seoul American (17-4). Season complete.
7. Kadena (21-12). Season complete.
8. Yokota (16-5). Season complete.
9. Okkodo, Guam (15-7). Bulldogs finish with 12-3 mark; must await outcome of St. Paul Christian’s last two games.
10. Matthew C. Perry (20-12-1). Season complete.
11. Guam (13-8). Gadao Division title vaults Panthers ahead of Friars.
12. Father Duenas Memorial, Guam (12-9). Friars have gone 3-1 since returning from Far East, finish second in Gadao..
13. St. Paul Christian, Guam (14-5). Went 5-1 first two days of ACSC tournament, but Warriors have lost three straight since with two games left.
14. Yongsan International-Seoul (16-8). Also closed its season in the ACSC tournament at Faith Academy.
15. Zama (16-14). Season complete.
Published: February 26, 2014
Musings, mutterings and the occasional schmahts as the excitement of Far East basketball is replaced by the silence of DODDS Pacific’s Interval Week between winter and spring sports seasons:
Patience. The shots will come.
That’s what coach Robby Nichols and athletics director Josh Manthe counseled in the locker room as Faith Academy recovered from an early eight-point deficit to lead by four points at halftime, but hadn’t come anywhere close to find the shooting stroke that got the Vanguards to the Boys Division I final at Kubasaki.
Teams that live by the three-point goal can sometimes die by the three-point goal. When the shots aren’t there, they just aren’t there; when they are, they can come in bunches. It does take patience. More than anything, a team that relies on shots from downtown must keep shooting them. They’re low-percentage, high-reward shots that if hit in bunches – as Faith did in the second half, netting 12 of its 14 in a 77-52 romp over the Dragons – can completely shift the momentum of a game.
Senior T.J. Hardeman led the barrage, tossing in six threes in the last two periods. Nick Dalafu added four from long distance and Jason “Rondo” Ishak hit a pair. Once the three-point express left the station, nothing was stopping it. Even Kubasaki coach Jon Fick couldn’t help but be impressed – “What a performance,” he said afterward.
Of the four MVPs in the four Far East tournaments, only one of them was what some tournament directors present and past say are the consummate MVP: The unquestioned leader of the team who put his/her teammates on his/her back to a championship, that being the aforementioned Hardeman.
Senior Anfernee Dent, MVP for the Boys Division II champion Warrors of Daegu also was one of the leaders of a ballclub that featured plenty of other weapons, went nine deep and could – at last – score and bang the boards inside as well as use their trademark perimeter game. Perhaps the difference maker came via transfer from International Christian-Uijongbu, fellow senior Will Steele, whom one coach said “made the difference” inside for a Warriors team not frequently know for sporting big lineups.
As for the MVPs of the girls tournaments, those selections raised more than a few eyebrows, since one, Debb Avalos of E.J. King, played for a fourth-place team, and the other, Destiny Castro of Notre Dame, was on the roster of a sixth-place team. Yet observers on the ground at each tournament said each selection was deserving.
Each did the heavy lifting when it came to their teams’ scoring fortunes. With most of E.J. King’s experienced players having graduated or transferred, Avalos scored more than 80 percent of her team’s points this season. During Guam’s regiular season, Castro came within shouting distance a couple of times of the Pacific’s single-game scoring record of 45 set in 2010 by Gabby Falco of Kubasaki. Since she was a child, one observer said, Castro has been “mature beyond her age.”
There are merits to both arguments, that the MVP should play for the team that wins a tournament, or that the MVP should be strict definition be the player most valuable to his or her team, regardless of where that team finishes.
“I’m an old school guy. I think the MVP should play for the championship team,” said Steve Boyd, who has coached Seoul American since 2002 and has co-directed five Far East D-I tournaments, including one at Robert D. Edgren in Japan in 1998. “MVPs win championships.”
Not every coach or tournament director would agree, given the fact that a goodly number of past MVPs have also played for non-champion teams.
Brieanna Carroll of Pusan American in 2004 played for a seventh-place Girls D-II team. John Ayers of Matthew C. Perry was on the roster of a sixth-place Boys D-II team in 2012. Melissa Calkins in 1994 played for a fifth-place Trinity Christian School team. E.J. King in 1990 had one experienced player, Gina Mecham, and seven other players who had little playing time, but Mecham helped elevate the level of play of each of them, earning MVP honors as the Cobras finished third in the first Girls D-II tournament.
No scientific formula exists, nor is there any formula in the DODDS Pacific’s manuals governing the conduct of Far East events, for selecting MVPs. Tournaments have tried voting by coaches, selecting anywhere from one to three top “players of the game.” One tournament, the Far East volleyball at Zama in 1991 and 1997, even employed referees to do the selecting, with mixed results.
As long as the human element is in the picture, no system will ever end up being perfect. And as long as that’s the case, there will always be questions about the merits of MVP selections.
It was pretty much agreed by coaches in all four tournaments that the return to pool play, after last year’s straight double-elimination playoffs, was quite welcome. One team that might disagree would be Zama’s boys in the Far East D-II at M.C. Perry.
Getting from Kanto Plain bases to airports after all the snow that fell on Feb. 8 and 14 was harrowing given the condition of the highways, especially from Yokota. On the Feb. 16 travel-to day, the Chuo Expressway, the main artery used by Yokota residents into downtown Tokyo an hour away, was closed almost all the way into the city.
But worse for Zama boys basketball, the Trojans were due to take a bus to Iwakuni, and the snow made negotiating the Tomei Expressway westbound to Nagoya and beyond impossible until the day the tournament began. Zama arrived mid-morning Monday and, by agreement between coaches and tournament director Victor Rivera, had their Monday morning games pushed back to the evening.
They played two afternoon games, then the first of the two Monday evening games. Exhausted after all that, they forfeited the final Monday game. That led some observers to question whether the Boys D-II schedule, with nine teams playing a full round-robin - eight games in two days - was too ambitious.
Whether they’d have stuck with straight double-elimination like last year or reinstated pool play as they did, many coaches and other observers agreed that in both years, the best teams in the tournaments won, regardless of where they were seeded last year. Pool play, one said, sorted out the teams and reduced the question marks for seeding into the elimination rounds.
Phillip Loyd coached both Daegu’s boys and girls teams this season (his assistant Felicia Ferguson coached the girls during Far East D-II while Loyd was coaching the boys in Japan).
Loyd’s haul of championships, both in season and postseason, had one effusive observer, Daegu athletics director Ken Walter, saying in an e-mail received by Stripes: “CONGRATS to Coach Loyd! Two FE banners in the same SEASON! Never done before by anyone! Coach Loyd has made history!”
The Warriors girls won the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division’s regular-season title and came in second in the KAIAC postseason tournament. The boys did the opposite, coming in second in the regular season and winning the tournament 60-59. Then of course, their Far East D-II Tournament titles followed.
Not only had no coach ever accomplished all that in a single basketball season at the D-II level, Daegu’s boys won the KAIAC tournament for the first time since 1989 and broke a 24-year drought in Far East D-II tournaments.
The D-I boys tournament, which has been at Kubasaki for two years, is due to change locations in the 2014-15 school year. The D-I girls and both D-II tournaments should stay put, pending any military commitments that might make billeting and/or gymnasiums unavailable.
Published: February 26, 2014
Here’s an update on former Pacific high school athletes continuing their athletic careers at the next level.
Starting with the girls softball diamond: Bessie Noll played four years of baseball, as a pitcher and infielder, at the American School In Japan, which did not field a softball team until after she graduated.
Published: February 24, 2014
Plenty of backfield star power will line up for Team USA in this year’s Tomodachi Bowl friendship football game, the final pieces of which are being put together by the coaching staff.
The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 9 at Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s freshly turfed Reid Memorial Stadium. Because the American School In Japan won the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools title last fall, Team USA will employ offensive coordinator Roy Tomlinson’s hybrid wing-T offense, and the numbers Team USA will bring to the table are simply enormous.
ASIJ quarterback David Hernandez, who will play next fall at Bentley College in Massachusetts, will pilot the offensive program, with his 376 yards and 11 touchdowns on 45 carries and 63-for-112 passing for 1,259 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Running behind him, among others, will be Jarrett Mitchell of Kubasaki, the school’s career leading rusher in the Far East playoff era. He had 1,820 yards on 149 carries last season, including an Okinawa-record 379 on 14 carries at Robert D. Edgren on Sept. 28. Mitchell leaves Kubasaki with a career 3,970 yards on 357 carries.
Joining Mitchell will be Nile C. Kinnick’s Dre Paylor, he of 2,002 yards on 250 carries, just the second back to reach the 2,000-yard mark; and Justin Sego of Kadena, with his 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns on 177 carries. The backup QB is Dustin Wilson of Kinnick, who amassed 840 yards and 22 touchdowns on 140 attempts, while also connecting on 64 of 138 passes for 960 yards and eight scores.
That whole package of 8,667 yards of total offense garnered last fall will run behind an offensive line featuring four ASIJ linemen and Kinnick’s Ka’i Warford at center.
This will be the fourth in a series of games that Team USA has played against squads of Japanese players from Kanagawa Prefecture, which has had a long history of playing postseason friendship and All-Star games against the Kanto Plain.
The first game took place in 2010 at Kawasaki Stadium and the two in 2012 and 2013 were staged at Yokosuka Naval Base and Yokota Air Base. The 2011 game was scheduled for March 13, but was canceled due to the Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami which devastated Japan’s northeast coast.
Published: February 23, 2014
Though the Far East tournaments are history, Boys Division I champion Faith Academy still has yet to play this weekend’s first Asian Christian School Conference tournament, while the Guam high school boys season continues into next month.
In the fact of that, should these not be the final Pacific ratings of the season? Or with Far Easts over, should it end right here? Comments, please.
(Through games of Feb. 20)
Boys Top 15
1. Faith Academy, Philippines (22-4). Appropriate finish to the Vanguards’ last visit to Far East; they’ve joined the ACSC.
2. Kubasaki (19-7). First loss for coach Jon Fick in a Far East D-I final in his fourth appearance; he won in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
3. Daegu (20-7). Exclamation point came in the final, Warriors capture both KAIAC and Far East D-II for first time since 1989.
4. American School In Japan (11-10). Again, a misleading record; they played well except in two games at Far East.
5. Seoul American (17-4). Their three losses at Far East were by a combined eight points; could have easily finished third instead of 13th.
6. John F. Kennedy, Guam (12-6). Finally got that Okkodo gorilla off their backs.
7. Kadena (21-12). Remained on an upswing until later in the week, losing in the semis and third-place game.
8. Yokota (16-5). Finished respectable seventh at Far East D-I, but didn’t close well after 12-0 start.
9. Okkodo, Guam (12-7). Still has plenty to play for in the Guam season.
10. Matthew C. Perry, Japan (20-12-1). That extra one at the end is for that tie game they played in D-II pool play.
11. Father Duenas Memorial, Guam (9-8). Last year’s D-I runner-up slipped to eighth this year.
12. Guam (11-7). After starting 5-0, the Panthers have gone 6-7.
13. St. Paul Christian, Guam (9-2). ACSC tournament next for Warriors.
14. Yongsan International-Seoul (13-5). Same for the Guardians.
15. Zama (16-14). Horrid ordeal just getting to the D-II; finishing fourth despite their travails is respectable.
Girls Top 10
1. ASIJ (20-2). Finished the mission in high style in D-I finals.
2. Kadena (15-10). Came up short, but a good, young team has a bright future ahead.
3. Daegu (19-6). Warriors enjoyed sweet redemption after last season, second D-II title in three years.
4. Southern, Guam. Season complete; went 6-1 and took third at at Far East D-I despite a two-month hiatus.
5. Academy of Our Lady of Guam. Season complete; went 5-2 and finished fourth at D-I.
6. Kubasaki (12-13). Came on like gangbusters at season’s end; Southern and ASIJ simply too much.
7. Seoul Foreign (17-5). How well would the Crusaders have done in a Far East tournament?
8. Seoul American (17-6). Win streak came to end, Falcons finished seventh at D-I.
9. Nile C. Kinnick (17-7). Despite shooting woes at D-I, still a solid season for the rebuilding Red Devils.
10. Robert D. Edgren (10-12) Really caught lightning in a bottle the last day of D-II, came up just short in end.
Published: February 22, 2014
Three years after helping turn around the varsity program at Matthew C. Perry, 2011 graduate John Ayers has been promoted to the playing roster of the Kumamoto Volters, a professional team playing in Japan’s second-tier National Basketball League, the team announced on its Facebook page on Saturday.
Ayers, who had been in the Volters’ developmental program since last July, made his debut Saturday when the Volters hosted the Rink Tochigi Brex. The Volters currently are last in the NBL’s Western Division at 5-34.
Ayers led his Samurai to a sixth-place Far East High School Division I Tournament finish and a 19-17 overall record in 2010-11, a season after the Samurai went just 3-10. He then redshirted one season at Sacramento City College. When he became homesick for the country he grew up and lived in all his life, he returned to Japan in the summer of 2012.
Later, he saw online where the Volters were holding open tryouts, as NBL and basketball league Japan teams often do. He caught on with the Volters’ developmental program, and just this week was promoted to the program’s traveling team. Ayers was signed as a Japanese player and will play under the handle John Shibata, his mother’s family name.
Ayers is by not the first former DODDS product to catch on at the college or professional level overseas.
Sam Green Jr., Nile C. Kinnick Class of 2008, played briefly for Gordon (Ga.) College as a walk-on in 2011-2012 before returning to Japan, trying out and making the roster of the top-tier bjLeague’s Akita Northern Happinets in summer 2012. He currently plays for the bjLeague’s Tokyo Cinqreves.
Rich Alvarez, Kinnick Class of 1999, who played for eight teams in the Philippines Basketball Association.
Ayers’ team photo and announcement can be viewed here by those who have Facebook accounts:
Published: February 17, 2014
Sometimes, the real Most Valuable Player of a sports tournament is a person or are people who don’t set one toe on the field of competition, but whose actions in helping keep a tournament going are as valuable as the contributions of athletes to their teams.
Take, for example, Col. Mark August, 374th Airlift Wing commander; Milt Colon, DODDS Japan transportation officer; and the entire Yokota Air Base community in helping keep the Far East High School Wrestling Tournament’s motor running despite more than two feet of snow falling at Yokota Air Base on Friday and Saturday. With rain Saturday morning making the snow that much more soggy and hard to deal with.
And that on top of the 20 inches of snow Yokota experienced the previous Saturday. It wasn’t enough that the Yokota area endured one worst snowfall on record in 45 years; it had to endure its worst snowstorm ever recorded, period, this last weekend.
Vehicles of all descriptions, from cars in parking lots to buses and other vehicles in motor pools, were marooned under huge blankets of the white stuff. Most roads were impassable Saturday morning; most folk who chose to walk did so in the middle of the main thoroughfares that either had been plowed or in the ruts made by those folk who braved the elements and tried to drive. Many drivers gave up after spinning their wheels both ways on icy surfaces and abandoned their vehicles.
With all that going on, the completion of the Far East wrestling tournament was clearly in jeopardy. Tournament organizer Brian Kitts did yeoman work in accelerating the dual-meet portion of the three-day event, wrestling off all dual meets except the championships and third-place matches on Friday.
That left only those four matches, two each in Division I and Division II, for Saturday. But how could they get them done? Snow drifts were thigh-high in some areas. Yokota High School’s parking lot resembled a scene from “South With Scott.”
That’s where the base and Colon came in. According to Kitts, the base sent a snowplow just for the purpose of rescuing the tournament. Its driver made a beeline for the DODDS Yokota bus barn and cleared enough of the mess so that four buses could be extricated to pick up teams being billeted on the base’s east side. The bulldozer then cleared a path into the high school parking lot so the buses could drop off their charges at Capps Gym. Parents and wrestlers grabbed shovels and busied themselves clearing sidewalk paths to the gym.
Colon must have made his cell phone burn, with all the calls he made to get approval for extra buses during this crisis period.
Making life easier on Friday before the worst of the weather hit, was the base allowing the wrestling teams to dine at the Samurai Café. It's nominally for servicemembers but opened its doors for virtually everybody staying on base with every other eatery on base shut down, along with the commissary.
That option disappeared when the huge snowfall shut down most all traffic to the east side. Again, the community stepped in when the wrestlers had no way to get to the Samurai Café.
East side residents, some toting goods on sleds, visited the wrestlers’ billeting and bestowed on them gifts of food, ranging from hot dogs to chicken to veggies to brownies. Working together, they turned the first floor of Building 4304 into a virtual convenience store.
At 12:45 p.m Saturday., the call came: Four buses would take the teams to the gym at 1:30 p.m. Wrestling began about 90 minutes later and the tournament was able to finish. All the while, Dale Sonnenberg, the deputy staff judge advocate for U.S. Forces Japan, and his wife and daughters kept a concession stand going, at times providing the fare, which included hot dogs, spaghetti and snacks, for free.
On the gym’s PA, Kitts asked that when Colon entered the gymnasium, that all the wrestlers and coaches acknowledge his hard work with a round of applause. That became a two-minute standing ovation.
It could have been the worst disaster that DODDS Pacific’s Far East wrestling tournament has ever experienced. Instead, it turned out to be the Yokota community’s finest hour since Operation Tomodachi in March 2011.
Back on the mat, quite a bit of history was made over the last two days of the tournament in Capps Gym.
Seoul American coach Julian Harden returned to the scene where he captured his first Far East tournament title 10 years ago. That same year, Dustin Haney, a Nile C. Kinnick assistant coach, won a Far East title for Yokota. And a St. Mary’s International wrestler, Shu Yabui, won his third Far East championshipl.
Which made Friday’s individual freestyle tournament result doubly special for Yabui, who became the first former Far East winner to win a tournament banner as a coach. St. Mary’s had three champions and outpointed second-place Kinnick 90-81 in the Division I team point standings.
And it made Saturday’s dual-meet tournament final equally special for Haney, since the Red Devils turned the tables on the Titans, beating St. Mary’s 34-28 for the D-I banner.
Published: February 16, 2014
Musings, mutterings and the occasional schmahts as the Far East high school basketball tournament train pulls into the station:
Getting right to who has a reasonable shot at winning the four tournaments that begin on Monday. Here’s a quick glance, tournament-by-tournament:
-- Girls Division I, Monday-Thursday at Camp Zama: The only one of the four featuring what one observer called a “billion-dollar sure thing” is American School In Japan. The Mustangs ran the Kanto Plain table, they haven’t been challenged in Kanto, they have depth and more size than at any time since the Carla Stewart/Karen Savereide days of 1983 and 1984. Not even the Jennifer Rizzotti/Carol Williams team of 1989 was this deep; all 10 girls can play, since the Mustangs have mercy-ruled most everybody they played. Considered long shots are Kadena, Seoul American, Kubasaki, Southern and reigning champion Nile C. Kinnick.
-- Girls Division II, Monday-Wednesday at Camp Walker: This one appears to have a pair of favorites in host Daegu, which won the Korea regular-season title, and Zama, featuring the best record among D-II teams in DODDS Japan. And with last year’s champion Morrison Academy no longer attending the tournament, that throws the door open for a whole range of schools, including veteran-laden International School of the Sacred Heart.
-- Boys Division I, Monday-Thursday at Camp Foster: This one was a wide-open horse race even before American School In Japan and St. Mary’s International – two teams always tough in February – began feeling their oats earlier this month. They each beat Yokota, considered one of the favorites earlier this season, and have each put their slow starts in Hong Kong in the rear-view mirror. Korea regular-season champion Seoul American, Okinawa champion Kubasaki and runner-up Kadena and Faith Academy also figure in the chase.
-- Boys Division II, Monday-Wednesday at Iwakuni: A whole mess of teams could take a deep run at this title, especially since St. Paul Christian, last year’s champion, is not coming, nor is Morrison nor Yongsan international-Seoul. Daegu, off its Korea tournament win over Seoul American, is one consensus favorite, but Zama, sporting the best record among D-II teams in Japan, along with Robert D. Edgren and Matthew C. Perry, could have a say. Zion Christian Academy International is a dangerous draw.
One reason Yokota boys are having their difficulties: Lack of height. They continued on an upswing even after their lone true big, Ke’Ondre Davis, transferred in December. But they’ve lost three of their last four, and the lack of a true big is beginning to tell.
Faith Academy’s boys began 18-1, then lost their last two entering Far East. Their schedule features a handful of Metro Manila college teams; the question being, how much does that help them, and will they bring a stronger entry than last year?
One must wonder if losses by Seoul American’s boys and Daegu’s girls in the Korea postseason tournament were just blips on the radar or the start of a trend, just as with Daegu’s boys and Seoul’s girls. For the Warriors, it was their first league tournament title since 1989, when they were embarked on a still Pacific-record 47-game winning streak and their run of three straight Far East D-II titles.
One team that could be a sleeper is Humphreys’ boys, with their threesome of Manasseh Nartey, Osie Cruz and Frank Williams.
Guam’s boys season continues after Far East, and the way that’s going, it could turn into a big dogfight through the middle of March. Emblematic of the up-and-down, topsy-turvy nature of that league is the fact that John F. Kennedy leads the league, but its only two losses have come at Okkodo’s hands. In short, they’re all taking turns beating up on each other.
Kubasaki’s boys won two straight Far East D-I titles on Guam in 2011 and 2012. Were it not that they were lacking a true big man (with apologies to senior power forward Kareem Key), they could be a solid favorite to win the title on their home court for the first time in 25 years.
Speaking of Kubasaki, the Dragons girls could very well fit the same category as ASIJ’s and St. Mary’s boys, as a team nobody wants to play in February.
Why are St. Paul, Faith’s girls and Morrison and YIS-Seoul not coming to Far East? The latter three schools now belong to a 12-school Asia Christian School Conference, which stages its own version of Far East the week after the DODDS tournaments end. Faith’s boys will go to both.
Published: February 16, 2014
(through games of Feb. 13)
Boys Top 15
1. Seoul American (14-1). Still No. 1, but the one-point KAIAC finals loss to Daegu put chink in Falcons’ armor.
2. Kubasaki (14-6). Dragons enter Far East Division I having won six of last seven.
3. Faith Academy, Philippines (18-3). Vanguards come to Okinawa having lost last two.
4. Yokota (13-3). Panthers also on downswing, having lost three of last four.
5. Okkodo, Guam (8-3). Bulldogs have come up big against the island’s big dogs.
6. Kadena (15-10). They were down on the 8th against Kubasaki; does that mean an upswing is in order?
7. American School In Japan (6-8). Misleading record; most of those losses came in Hong Kong in November, and they just beat Yokota.
8. Daegu (14-7). Second in the regular season, first in the KAIAC tournament.
9. St. Mary’s International (9-9). See ASIJ. The Titans are always at their most dangerous in February; they also beat Yokota.
10. John F. Kennedy, Guam (9-2). Better record than Okkodo, but has lost twice to the Bulldogs.
11. Guam High (8-3). Panthers right the ship with three winds in last four games..
12. St. Paul Christian, Guam (9-2). Warriors quietly slip into the ratings with solid record; not coming to Far East for first time in school history.
13. Yongsan International-Seoul (13-5). Closed the KAIAC season respectably; won’t attend Far East, either.
14. Matthew C. Perry (12-7). Could make some serious noise at Far East Division II on their home court.
15. Zama (9-7). Still plenty of life in the defending D-II champions.
Girls Top 10
1. American School In Japan (15-2). A prohibitive Far East D-I favorite, having run the Kanto table; only two losses in November at Hong Kong.
2. Kadena (10-9). Yet another season series victory over Kubasaki in the books.
3. Daegu (12-6). Stumbled in the KAIAC finals vs. Seoul American; blip on the screen or start of a trend?
4. Seoul American (13-3). Giant leap forward with KAIAC tournament title, six-game win streak.
5. Seoul Foreign (17-5). Very respectable season for Crusaders, their best in 24 years.
6. Southern, Guam. Season complete.
7. Nile C. Kinnick (13-4). Building a solid team, but no height to speak of may hurt.
6. Seisen International, Japan (11-4). They’re not dominating; they just win.
89. Zama (12-4). Two wins in last three for Trojans.
10. Kubasaki (8-10). Five of those wins have come in last seven games; don’t sleep on the Dragons.
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