Pacific Athletes of the Week: Jan. 19, 2012
Tomiwa AkinbayoSeoul American basketball
Last week - Averaged 18.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in four games as the Falcons (9-0) maintained a 1½-game lead on Taejon Christian International (9-3) in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I standings. The Falcons also played two games in the Martin Luther King Invitational at Camp Humphreys, where they lost both games despite two Akinbayo double-doubles.Akinbayo, the senior class president, had 12 points and seven rebounds in the Falcons’ 67-41 win over TCIS on Jan. 11. Three days later, Akinbayo shot 12-for-18 from the field to finish with 24 points. He pulled down 12 rebounds in a 67-38 win over Korea International. For the season, Akinbayo is averaging 22 minutes per KAIAC game along with 18.3 points and 12.4 boards.“He is well-liked and respected by faculty and students,” coach Steve Boyd said. “He has a supportive family and a great personality. He never quits and always strives to please his coaches and parents.”
Sydney GloverYokota basketball
Last week - Averaged 21 points and 11.3 points in three games, all victories, which boosted the Panthers’ season record to 17-0, the best start in school history. Glover missed the first few weeks of the season due to illness, but has come on as of late, coach Paul Ettl said.Glover, a junior, had 18 points and eight rebounds in a 54-41 win over Seisen International on Jan. 10. Three days later in a 64-42 victory over Christian Academy Japan, Glover scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. And in Saturday’s 90-26 romp at St. Maur International, Glover recorded career highs of 32 points and 20 rebounds.“She’s starting to come into her own, getting into shape and getting her timing down,” Ettl said. “She has the potential to be a really dominant inside basketball player.”Yokota suffered its first loss of the season 48-36 on Tuesday at American School In Japan.