Camp Casey men, Area IV women win Taegu hoop tourney titles
CAMP WALKER, South Korea — Camp Casey’s Anthony Redd and Anthony Luverne combined to score 43 points as the Warriors defeated host Area IV 87-73 in the men’s championship of the 5th Taegu Holiday Basketball Tournament on Friday.
In the women’s championship, tournament MVP Natoshia Williams scored 22 points and Area IV broke open what had been a one-point game at halftime, beating Han Il High School 61-42.
“It will be a happy new year for us,” Williams said.
The play of the Warriors’ big men spelled the difference against Area IV, Casey’s coach and players said.
“When we found ourselves in trouble, we had to do what was best for the team, take it down low to the big men,” Redd said.
Coach Donald C. Webb cited the play of Luverne, Ronald Markins and Corey McCoy.
“They made the difference with the inside game,” he said.
Joseph Webb of Area IV earned tournament MVP honors, but said after the final, “I’d trade that to win the tournament.”
The Warriors say they hope the title will provide the team a spark. Casey entered the tournament 5-5 and fifth place in the Korea Traveling League and 9-7 overall, but swept all eight games they played in the tournament.
“We’re hitting our stride,” Redd said. “We hope this will be a springboard, a step in the right direction.”
“This proves we’re coming together as a team and starting to play together,” Webb said.
Area IV’s women found themselves in a tight battle against a South Korean high school team, leading Han Il 26-25 at halftime.
“We came out in the second half with a little more intensity,” Williams said. “Those girls were pretty tough. We had to go back to basics, talk on defense, move around, box out on rebounds, get the ball down in the post. Fundamental basketball. That’s what won it for us.”
Taegu Holiday TournamentAt Kelly Fitness & Sports Center, Camp Walkerand Taegu American School, Camp George, South Korea
Wednesday’s games Game 1-Daegu University 2, Chinhae Naval Base 0, forfeitGame 2-Pusan Panthers Alumni 82, Taegu American School 73
Thursday’s gamesGame 3-Camp Red Cloud 98, Suwon Air Base 66Game 4-Area IV 103, Wonju/Camp Long 61Game 5-Camp Casey 85, Daegu University 31Game 6-Camp Hovey 80, Pusan Panthers Alumni 42Game 7-Suwon Air Base 74, Taegu American School 67; Taegu American School eliminatedGame 8-Wonju/Camp Long 2, Chinhae Naval Base 0, forfeit; Chinhae Naval Base eliminatedGame 9-Camp Casey 71, Camp Red Cloud 54Game 10-Area IV 92, Camp Hovey 69Game 11-Suwon Air Base 67, Daegu University 52; Daegu University eliminatedGame 12-Wonju/Camp Long 78, Pusan Panthers Alumni 76; Pusan Panthers Alumni eliminatedGame 13-Camp Hovey 93, Suwon Air Base 53; Suwon Air Base eliminatedGame 14-Camp Red Cloud 83, Wonju/Camp Long 61; Wonju/Camp Long eliminated
Friday’s gamesGame 15-Camp Red Cloud 77, Camp Hovey 74; Camp Hovey eliminatedGame 16-Camp Casey 79, Area IV 62Game 17-Area IV 74, Camp Red Cloud 72; Camp Red Cloud eliminatedGame 18-Camp Casey 87, Area IV 73; Area IV eliminated
Friday’s summariesCamp Red Cloud 77, Camp Hovey 74Halftime-Camp Hovey 39, Camp Red Cloud 31. Scorer-Camp Red Cloud, D.Q. Francis 15.
Camp Casey 79, Area IV 62Halftime-Area IV 41, Camp Casey 36. Scorer-Camp Casey, Anthony Luverne 16.
Area IV 74, Camp Red Cloud 72Halftime-Camp Red Cloud 33, Area IV 31. Scorer-Area IV, Dexter Avery 17.
ChampionshipCamp Casey 87, Area IV 73Halftime-Camp Casey 42, Area IV 32. Scorers-Camp Casey, Anthony Redd 23, Anthony Luverne 22; Area IV, George Button 22.
Thursday’s gamesGame 1-Han Il High School 64, Taegu American School 35Game 2-Area IV 64, Han Il High School 52
Friday’s gamesGame 3-Han Il High School 49, Taegu American School 32; Taegu American School eliminatedGame 4-Area IV 61, Han Il High School 42; Han Il High School eliminated
Han Il High School 49, Taegu American School 32Halftime-Han Il High School 18, Taegu American School 16. Scorer-Han Il High School, Lee Kyung-sim 17.
ChampionshipArea IV 61, Han Il High School 42Halftime-Area IV 26, Han Il High School 25. Scorer-Area IV, Natoshia Williams 22.