Mid-week musings, questions for the weekend

Racing headlong toward the Christmas break, we still find Daegu High leading the basketball victory pack in Korea, while American School In Japan keeps ruling the Japan roost and Kubasaki's boys and Kadena's girls rocking the unbeaten roll on Okinawa. Couple things stood out with me as the week progressed.

Don't let Nikita Endo get open. The freshman rising star is becoming a force for Seisen International, which trailed all the way until Endo hit a three-point goal, was fouled, then hit the game-winning foul shot in Tuesday's 36-35 win at Yokota. That came a day after Yokota's 42-17 home triumph over Christian Academy Japan.

They may be winless thus far, but that same Kubasaki girls team which only managed 14 points against Kadena ... wow, 75 points against Kitanakagusuku on Monday? And it wasn't just Sydney Johnson filling the nets; four Dragons scored in double figures.

The interesting part of Matthew C. Perry's girls' 33-27 win over Kyoto International University Academy on Wednesday? Junior Courtney Beall's 20 points were a season low.

Now, will the weather hold off long enough for Osan American's basketball teams to get in their games Friday at Seoul American? Or Seoul American, Daegu High and Osan American's wrestling teams finally be able to play season openers? Rain and snow mixed are forecast for Friday with showers on Saturday.

Yokota at Matthew C. Perry. Nile C. Kinnick at E.J. King. In another year, those basketball weekend matchups might spell a sweep dream for the Red Devils and Panthers. Not this time around, me thinks; these should be interesting games. And Zama American's and Robert D. Edgren's girls are probably evenly matched enough to provide some excitement at snowy Misawa this weekend.

Happy Hanukkah to all!

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Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer talks about the Pacific sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file.)


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