Kubasaki boys, Kadena girls notch early-season wins
After sitting the first two weeks of the season with an ankle injury suffered during football season, senior Stephen Thompson returned in style as Okinawa’s Kubasaki Dragons throttled Okinawa Industrial 103-59. Thompson had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Dragons’ Vance Maxey, Tommy Fair and Thompson combined for 45 rebounds.
“Thank God he’s back,” coach Chris Sullivan said.
Pattie Adkins enjoyed a breakout game, scoring a career-high 27 points as the Kadena girls outlasted Kitanakagusuku 73-62 in another Okinawa-American League contest.
With a 70-56 triumph over Fuchinobe, a Japanese team, Zama American’s boys are 4-1. Aaron Tabor (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Ben Bishop (12, 10) led the Trojans.
Not so fortunate were Yokota’s boys, who capped an exhausting week with a 47-45 loss to Edgren, and a 74-59 thrashing from Japanese team Morioka Minani. It was the Panthers’ sixth game in five days.
“We played like it,” coach Paul Ettl said.
In Korea, after a 74-56 romp Friday over Taegu American, Osan American pulled out a 57-55 victory Saturday at Taejon Christian International on Tae Benson’s layup with one second left.
Taegu coach Chance Wilson credits his boys’ momentum with winning November’s Class A volleyball tournament. Duri Balat, with 16 points and 10 rebounds, “is picking up where he left off,” Wilson said. He also cited Kenny Harris, with 12 steals.
“We’ll definitely turn some heads this season,” Wilson said.