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Yongsan Runnin’ Rebels guard Robin Ferguson (54) drives to the basket and is fouled by Kimberly Sinclair of the 2nd Infantry Division Warriors during the first of two women’s championship games in the Kadena Klassic. Yongsan beat 2nd ID 64-47 and 57-52 to win the tournament.

Yongsan Runnin’ Rebels guard Robin Ferguson (54) drives to the basket and is fouled by Kimberly Sinclair of the 2nd Infantry Division Warriors during the first of two women’s championship games in the Kadena Klassic. Yongsan beat 2nd ID 64-47 and 57-52 to win the tournament. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

Yongsan Runnin’ Rebels guard Robin Ferguson (54) drives to the basket and is fouled by Kimberly Sinclair of the 2nd Infantry Division Warriors during the first of two women’s championship games in the Kadena Klassic. Yongsan beat 2nd ID 64-47 and 57-52 to win the tournament.

Yongsan Runnin’ Rebels guard Robin Ferguson (54) drives to the basket and is fouled by Kimberly Sinclair of the 2nd Infantry Division Warriors during the first of two women’s championship games in the Kadena Klassic. Yongsan beat 2nd ID 64-47 and 57-52 to win the tournament. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

Yongsan Runnin’ Rebels guard Amanda Metzger is hemmed in by defenders Sharoeder Faulk, left, and Priscilla Bailey of the 2nd Infantry Division Warriors.

Yongsan Runnin’ Rebels guard Amanda Metzger is hemmed in by defenders Sharoeder Faulk, left, and Priscilla Bailey of the 2nd Infantry Division Warriors. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

Shelly Jones (25) of the 2nd Infantry Division Warriors vies for a rebound with Ruthshell Bryant of the Yongsan Runnin‘ Rebels.

Shelly Jones (25) of the 2nd Infantry Division Warriors vies for a rebound with Ruthshell Bryant of the Yongsan Runnin‘ Rebels. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Wherever the “Sandman” lurks, opponents seem to wither and championships arrive.

Yonnes Sanders scored nine of his 17 points in the third quarter, powering Camp Foster of Okinawa past South Korea’s Kunsan Wolf Pack 99-80 in Monday’s men’s championship game in the 3rd Kadena Klassic Interservice Basketball Tournament at Risner Fitness & Sports Complex.

Yongsan Garrison’s Runnin’ Rebels had a tougher go of it in the women’s final, needing two games to upend previously unbeaten 2nd Infantry Division in an all-Korea battle, 64-47 and 57-52, led by former collegian Candice Cunningham, who totalled 28 points in the two games.

“I’ve been blessed to play on good teams,” said Sanders, who earned tournament MVP honors to go with his MVPs from the past two Marine Forces Pacific Regional Tournaments, which his Marine Corps Base Camp Butler team has won.

Foster twice defeated Kunsan on Monday, downing the Wolf Pack earlier in the day 87-80. That sent Foster to the title clash in the double-elimination playoffs, dropping the Wolf Pack to the loser’s bracket.

Kunsan played its way into the final by downing host Kadena 80-64.

Depth, Sanders said, “was the key” to Foster’s fortunes and Kunsan’s fade.

“We go 12 deep,” he said. “Teams … would come close but in the end, they got tired.”

Vincent White’s three-pointer one minute into the game gave Foster the lead it held the rest of the way.

Billy Shanks’ three consecutive three-pointers gave Foster its biggest lead, 95-73, with 1:50 remaining.

Yongsan captured its third women’s tournament title this season and second in eight days, coupled with its Koreawide Post-Level championship.

The Rebels lost to the Warriors 62-60 in overtime in Sunday’s winner’s bracket final, but that lit a fire under the team.

“That kind of let us know that we’re not unstoppable,” said Cunningham, who played at the University of Florida. “We hadn’t felt what it was like to lose. It kind of woke us up.”

A 7-0 first-quarter run gave Yongsan the lead for good 13-8 in Monday’s first final game. Annie Hollings gave the Rebels their biggest lead, 59-35, on a backdoor layup with 7:30 left. Cunningham, who was named the tournament’s MVP, led Yongsan with 13 points.

Kadena Klassic Basketball Tournament

At Risner Fitness & Sports Complex and Nakayoshi Fitness & Sports Center, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa

Men

Double-elimination playoffs

Sunday’s games

Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, 77, Camp Kinser, Okinawa, 73

Camp Foster, Okinawa, 80, Osan Air Base, South Korea, 66

Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, 73, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, 63

2nd Infantry Division, South Korea, 84, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, 70

Camp Kinser 86, Yongsan Garrison 71; Yongsan Garrison eliminated

Osan Air Base 91, Camp Humphreys 81; Camp Humphreys eliminated

Kunsan Air Base 82, Kadena Air Base 74

Camp Foster 102, 2nd Infantry Division 77

2nd Infantry Division 86, Camp Kinser 66; Camp Kinser eliminated

Kadena Air Base 59, Osan Air Base 44; Osan Air Base eliminated

Monday’s games

Kadena Air Base 74, 2nd Infantry Division 64; 2nd Infantry Division eliminated

Camp Foster 87, Kunsan Air Base 80

Kunsan Air Base 80, Kadena Air Base 64; Kadena Air Base eliminated

Camp Foster 99, Kunsan Air Base 80; Kunsan Air Base eliminated

Awards

Most Valuable Player: Yonnes Sanders, Camp Foster.

All-Tournament team: Yonnes Sanders, Billy Shanks, James Braveboy, Camp Foster; Otis Booker, Kirk Sheppard, Jacobi Jenkins, Kunsan Air Base; Brian Ziemann, Jerrod Butler, Bryan Simpson, Kadena Air Base; Mitchell Donovan, Dequalain Smith, 2nd Infantry Division; Damien Needom, Osan Air Base; Cordell Edwards, Yongsan Garrison; Cornelius Clark, Yokosuka Naval Base; Barry Celestine, Camp Kinser.

Women

Double-elimination playoffs

Sunday’s games

Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, 64, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, 42

2nd Infantry Division, South Korea, 45, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, 41

2nd Infantry Division 62, Yongsan Garrison 60, OT

Kunsan Air Base 55, Kadena Air Base 48; Kadena Air Base eliminated

Monday’s games

Yongsan Garrison 55, Kunsan Air Base 45; Kunsan Air Base eliminated

Yongsan Garrison 64, 2nd Infantry Division 47

Yongsan Garrison 57, 2nd Infantry Division 52; 2nd Infantry Division eliminated

Awards

Most Valuable Player: Candice Cunningham, Yongsan Garrison.

All-Tournament team: Candice Cunningham, Kaitisha Haines, Ruthshell Bryant, Yongsan Garrison; Shelly Jones, Shola Walker, Priscilla Bailey, 2nd Infantry Division; Lanitra Higgins, Jessica Wright, Kimberly McWhite, Kunsan Air Base; April Moss, Teresa Mattox, Kadena Air Base.

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.
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