Next-to-last stab at rating the Pacific’s high school boys and girls basketball teams and wrestling squads. Through games and dual meets of Saturday, Feb. 27, just prior to start of Guam boys basketball playoffs. Last ratings roundup following the Guam finals.
1, Kubasaki, Okinawa (27-1). Capped near-perfect season with second straight Far East D-I title.
2, Yokota, Japan (30-5). Overcame loss of Jamarvin Harvey to broken hand, didn’t lose after that.
3, Kadena, Okinawa (16-11). Solved every mystery there was out there, except Kubasaki.
4, Humphreys, South Korea (18-3). First league regular-season title for Blackhawks in any sport.
5, Guam High (16-5). Could advance higher if they can build on 10-game win streak to close regular season.
6, Father Duenas Memorial, Guam (16-5). As strong a Friars team as we’ve seen in a long time.
7, St. Mary’s International, Japan (17-8). Vaulted all the way to third in Far East D-I. Titans did what they normally do in February: Peak.
8, Seoul American (17-5). Captured 12th Korea Blue tournament title, fourth in Far East D-I.
9, Robert D. Edgren, Japan (17-7). Very quietly placed high in DODDS Japan, Far East D-II.
10, American School In Japan (11-11). Sixth in Far East D-I, handed Kubasaki its only loss of season.
11, John F. Kennedy, Guam (15-6). Won Taga Division, can still make hay in Guam playoffs.
12, Seoul Foreign (13-6). Right at the edge, waiting for one of Korea Blue’s top two to fall, which didn’t happen.
13, E.J. King, Japan (16-10). Fifth in Far East D-II, cobbled record together with precious little height.
14, Matthew C. Perry, Japan (18-11). Not quite on same plateau as last season, but still competitive.
15, Simon Sanchez, Guam (12-8). Came on late in regular season, could surprise come Guam playoffs.