Interservice basketball: Yokota wins Pacific-wide Holiday Open tournament
Two down, one to go.
After an absence of several years from the Osan Pacific-wide Open Holiday Basketball Tournament, Yokota’s Warriors of Japan returned in style, capturing the title behind the play of guards Brandon Hawkins and tournament MVP K.D. Harris.
Hawkins scored 30 points and Harris 28 as the Warriors won the second game of a two-game championship round 96-85 over Camp Casey of South Korea. Casey’s Warriors won the first title game 82-81.
"The guys put it together," Yokota coach Norzell Harris said of playing Casey for the fourth time in the tournament. "It’s really tough to beat a team three times in a row. But we pulled it out the fourth time."
The victory came as a relief to coach Harris, whose Warriors entered the three-day playoff round with forward Greg Streeter hobbled by a damaged ankle.
"That made me nervous," Harris said, "but other people stepped up. Everybody did what it took to get the victory. This was a total team effort."
The play of K.D. Harris and Hawkins, the Warriors’ guard tandem, made it possible, coach Harris said, as was the case in October when Yokota won its Warrior Classic.
"Harris put on a show for these people," coach Harris said. He also is an assistant coach with the All-Air Force team, and said the Air Force tryout camp would likely give invitations to Harris and Hawkins.
Now, Harris and the Warriors will take aim at the March Madness Invitational on Guam in three months. "We want to win the Triple Crown," Harris said.