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Joe McLeanBasketball

Seoul American, South Korea

Last week: Recorded two double-doubles in points and rebounds to boost the Falcons to a pair of road victories and to a 28-13 overall record with one week remaining in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference season.

McLean, a sophomore, scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Falcons’ 60-8 win at Seoul International, then totalled 14 points and 13 boards as the Falcons downed Osan American 70-27 on the road on Saturday. Seoul American also beat Sillim, a Korean team, 75-66 on Friday at home.

“He has really begun to understand and fill his role on the team,” coach Steve Boyd said of McLean, who is expected to remain at Seoul American until he graduates. “He is always positive and is very coachable. Only a sophomore with his best basketball ahead of him.”

Kiara LaceyBasketball

Matthew C. Perry, Japan

Last week: Averaged 12.5 points per game and played a leadership role in the backcourt as the Samurai split two DODDS-Japan Basketball League games during Perry’s homecoming weekend and have one of the best records in school history at 15-8.

Lacey, a senior, scored 10 points and recorded five steals in the Samurai's 45-38 win over Nile C. Kinnick on Friday. The next day, Lacey added 15 points, six steals and three blocked shots and the Samurai nearly rallied from a 12-point second quarter deficit before faltering 64-53 against Yokota.

“She has become an integral part of the team this year,” co-coach Nikki Flick said. “Offensively, she is key in handling the ball and taking outside shots. Defensively, she’s able to anticipate passes and racks up steals. She has a great attitude … and is easily coachable.”

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff


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