A little late this season, but for the initial 2012-13 Pacific high school basketball ratings, I wanted to wait until after the just-completed New Year Classic to get more of an accurate gauge. And the tournament didn’t really solve anything. But here goes nothing:
1, American School In Japan (8-1). Aside from a surprise loss at Zama American, Mustangs have charged out of the gate in the same style as last season.
2, Yokota, Japan (13-2). New Year Classic title propels Panthers to contender status.
3, Christian Academy Japan (7-3). This Knights team grew rapidly during the New Year Classic.
4, Nile C. Kinnick, Japan (10-5). Tons of potential on this Red Devils team.
5, Kubasaki, Okinawa (8-5). Two victories over Kadena leapfrog the Dragons into the top five.
6, Kadena, Okinawa (6-3). Only thing the Panthers seem to be lacking is that definitive big man.
7, Daegu High, South Korea (5-5). All five defeats against adult teams in Thanksgiving tournament.
8, Seoul American (2-4). Falcons are 2-1 in league play, two of those losses came vs. adult teams.
9, Zama American, Japan (5-3). Signature win over ASIJ puts Trojans in top-10 company.
10 (tie), Matthew C. Perry, Japan (8-4), Yongsan International-Seoul (4-2). Could be Far East D-II Tournament title contenders.
1, American School In Japan (9-0). No blemish on this group of Mustangs’ record. Flying start once more.
2, Kadena, Okinawa (5-0). As complete a package as Panthers have put together in years.
3, Seoul American (4-0). Solid in the paint.
4, Morrison Academy, Taiwan (4-2). They won the Far East D-II volleyball tournament with mostly the same athletes.
5, Nile C. Kinnick, Japan (7-1). Maybe the best backcourt the Red Devils have fielded in decades.
6, Southern, Guam (season complete).
7, Daegu High, South Korea (4-1). Lacking that true post player, but still very competitive.
8, Academy of Our Lady of Guam (season complete).
9, E.J. King, Japan (6-3). Question being, how will Cobras fare now that Jaimee Staggers has transferred.
10, Seisen International, Japan (5-2). Group of mostly volleyball players is winning and believing.
Is your top-10 list better? Think this one is full of hooey? Shout it out! Be true to your school, but remember, you’ve entered THE “No-Hate Zone.”