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It took five-plus seasons for Seoul American’s boys basketball team to lose a regular-season game.

George Rudolph scored 26 points and the Seoul Foreign Crusaders pulled away late in the fourth quarter to hand the visiting Falcons a 64-55 defeat Wednesday, ending Seoul American’s winning streak at 85 games.

“It was definitely a wakeup call,” Seoul American coach Steve Boyd said of a loss that came a day after the Falcons scored 29 fourth-quarter points in an 82-53 victory over Heymoon, a Korean high school team.

The Falcons came out flat against Seoul Foreign, committing 25 turnovers. Still, Seoul American remained alive until the final quarter, when they were outscored 23-16.

“You can’t shoot 32 percent from the floor, 17-for-28 from the line and commit 25 turnovers and expect to win,” Boyd said. “They (Crusaders) were prepared, they played really well, they were pumped for us; everybody is. We weren’t mentally and physically ready.”

Many times in Boyd’s six seasons at the Falcons’ helm, during which he’s won Far East Class AA tournament titles in 2003 and 2004, his team found itself behind in the late going, “but somehow we always found a way to win,” Boyd said. “That wasn’t the case last night.”

The Falcons dropped to 10-4; the Crusaders improved to 9-4, including a 6-4 mark in the Hong Kong International School Holiday Tournament last month. “It was clear the Hong Kong trip helped them,” Boyd said.

So where do the Falcons go from here?

“You always look for something positive” after a loss like that, Boyd said. “Our man-to-man (defense) is getting better every game. We have to continue to play fundamentally in terms of boxing out, run our half-court offenses better, switch and play defensively better.”

Far East scoreboardWrestlingAmerican School In Japan 52, Christian Academy In Japan 11 Wednesday, at Tokyo101 pounds-Ian Justiniano, CAJ, pinned Ryan Christianson, 3:10.108-ASIJ by walkover115-ASIJ by walkover122-ASIJ by walkover129-ASIJ by walkover135-Soshi Sugiyama, ASIJ, pinned Michael Bannister, 3:20141-Era Choshen, ASIJ, pinned James Kumate, 1:24148-Sean Hozumi, ASIJ, decisioned Yoshi Akiyama, 2-1158-David Budge, ASIJ, superior decisioned Stephen Yosypiw, 2-0168-ASIJ by walkover180-Steve Hederstedt, CAJ, pinned Daniel Zielinski, 3:00215-Sam Lyons, ASIJ, pinned Sho Hamano, :46Heavyweight-ASIJ by walkover

Boys basketballSeoul Foreign 64, Seoul American 55 Wednesday, at SeoulSeoul American..........17 7 15 16—55Seoul Foreign..........16 11 14 23—64Scorers-Seoul Foreign, George Rudolph 26, Pete Nielsen 11; Seoul Amer., Andrew Luna 21, Chris Churchwell 11. Rebounders-Seoul Foreign, Pete Nielsen 8, George Rudolph 5, Matt Kearney 5; Seoul Amer., Andrew Luna 11. Assists-Seoul Foreign, George Rudolph 5. Steals-Seoul Foreign, Pete Nielsen 5. Noteworthy-Seoul American shot 32 percent from field, 17-for-28 from foul line and committed 25 turnovers.

Yongsan Int’l-Seoul 67, Seoul Int’l 57 Wednesday, at SeongnamYIS-S..........23 9 19 13—67SIS..........15 10 15 14—57Scorers-Yongsan International-Seoul, Joseph Choi 19, Daniel D. Kim 16; Seoul International, Jeff Ringwood 13, Chris Shin 10.

Centennial Christian 43, ICS-Pyongtaek 35 Wednesday, at SeoulICS-P..........9 6 6 14—35CCS..........7 10 13 13—43Scorers-Centennial Christian, Joseph Kim 22, Alex Ko 15; International Christian-Pyongtaek, Casey Peterson 14.

Girls basketballICS-Pyongtaek 22, Centennial Christ. 4 Wednesday, at SeoulICS-P..........10 12 0 0—22CCS..........2 0 2 0— 4Scorer-International Christian-Pyongtaek, Jee Yong Wolfe 8.


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