YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Most Valuable Player Nicholas French scored 23 points and Guam’s Andersen Bombers began the Pacific’s interservice basketball season by capturing the title in the Warrior Classic tournament at Yokota’s Samurai Fitness & Sports Center.
Behind a front line that averages 6 feet, 5 inches, the Bombers went unbeaten in seven games. It was the first Warrior Classic title won by the Bombers, and coach Gerrard Barnes’ first title in that venue since winning the old Pacific Air Forces tournament in 1983 while coaching Korea.
“We have a lot more experienced team” this season with four additions, Barnes said. The competition wasn’t as tough as in years past, he said, with no Korea teams there, “so that worked in our favor.”
While defensively Andersen did well, offensive rebounding needs some polish, Barnes said. “We have a big front line, but we don’t do a good job of going to the offensive boards,” he said.
The next Pacificwide invitational is the Osan Holiday Tournament Dec. 13-18 in South Korea, followed by the Martin Luther King Invitational on Okinawa in January and Barnes’ March Madness Invitational.