Pacific Athletes of the Week: Jan. 12, 2012
Malcolm MackRobert D. Edgren basketball
Last week — Averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in two games, both victories over Yokota on the Eagles’ home court in a DODDS Japan weekend series. Edgren improved to 6-1 on the season, all DODDS Japan games, and is on pace to better its 14-3 DODDS Japan and 25-6 overall finishes of a year ago.
Mack, a senior forward, scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Friday, as Edgren outscored the Panthers 18-7 in the second quarter of a 55-49 win. The next day, Mack paced the Eagles with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the Eagles’ 62-33 pounding of Yokota.
Coach Andre Thibert refers to Mack as the team’s “silent leader. He leads by his play. He’s definitely our ‘go-to’ guy this year on the inside and in rebounding. All the players are accepting their roles really well. I’m having fun coaching these guys.”
Sarah WrightDaegu basketball
Last week — Recorded career highs in points and steals as the Warriors beat Seoul American for the first time on the Falcons’ home court, and for the first time in any Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I game since the semifinals of the league’s postseason tournament in 1997.
Wright, the Warriors’ sophomore point guard, turned shooter on Friday to the tune of 31 points plus 11 steals and Daegu survived a fourth-quarter rally by the Falcons that sent the game to overtime, where the Warriors outscored Seoul American 10-3. Wright had just enough in the tank the next day to lift the Warriors to a 26-25 win at Osan American. They’re 9-0 on the season.
“She runs the offense like a coach on the court,” coach Ken Walter said. “She’s the leader out there. She understands the game. She manages the game from start to finish. Nobody works harder than Sarah does during the school year.”